This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Mine (Northwest Passage #1) by John A. Heldt
Published by John A. Heldt on February 12th 2012
Genres: historical fiction
Source: the author
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In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.">>
In the beginning are two teenage boys out for a good time. I enjoyed the interaction and enjoyed where the story was going. The main character goes back in time, and that’s when the book lost me.
I’ve been “taught” that good historical fiction – the definition of a book being historical fiction – is that the storyline wouldn’t make sense if it was dumped into any other time or place. I don’t believe this book fits the bill (not that the book is labeled as historical fiction, because it’s not; but it does take place in the 1940’s which means the book is striving for at least some historical fiction elements).
Joel, as most characters in time travel books do, doesn’t need much more than five minutes to adapt to the fact that he’s living in the past. Pet peeve #1! If I was thrust into a different time period I’d be freaking out for more than five minutes, and Joel doesn’t freak at all. Reading other reviews would lead me to believe that this was well written historical fiction, but I didn’t particular feel like Joel was walking down a 1940’s world – there were too many references to too many things that weren’t historical accurate, for one thing.
Then all of a sudden the book starts talking about another character with no reference to what time frame Grace is in, leaving me confused and pissed off and not really wanting to read another page. You eventually figure it out, but the author could have inserted a heading or started a new chapter or something to make you aware of what was going on. pet peeve #2
I continue to stumble upon reading the book and of course everything magically falls into place, just way too conveniently… pet peeve #3.
The action continues, though at a much slower pace then I would prefer and without spoiling anything, the book of course ends.
The book was written well enough, well edited, the premise was ideal, but all in all it wasn’t my cup of tea.
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