In 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 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.
What they’re saying about it:
“With an irresistible, ironic humor and an obvious appreciation of history — and a few I-didn’t-see-that-coming surprises — Heldt has written a tender, refreshing and thought-provoking romance guaranteed to entertain.” — Kathy Altman, Happy Ever After, USA TODAY
“Heldt patiently utilizes the unfolding of the story to reveal character personalities and an understanding of the time period and setting. Before long you are lost in book and reading late into the night to know more about Joel and his friends.” — Mitzi G.
“John Heldt shows literary promise in his debut novel. If you want to be smitten by a pair of adventurous college kids and taken down a mine into a riveting, and yet tender, time traveling experience, this is the book for you.” — Ann G.