Skip to main content

BBAW #4: Book Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt


Yesterday's prompt for Book Blogger Appreciation Week was to highlight a book you think needs more recognition. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get this up yesterday, but better late than never, right?

I chose The Mine by John A. Heldt. This is a book that I read recently but haven't reviewed yet. I figured I'd publish my review as my answer to yesterday's BBAW topic. The Mine is a good example of why I accept review copies from self-published authors.

Like many authors, John Heldt sent me an email out of the blue, asking me to consider reading and reviewing his book. I read the summary and some of the online reviews and decided to take a chance on his novel. And then it sat in my Nook for three months before I finally got around to reading it! This is a typical situation for me. But now that I've read it, I'm so glad I did!


The Mine is a bit sci-fi in that it involves time travel. But in essence, it is really historical fiction ~ some would say historical romance, although I think there was much more to it than the romance. It's May 2000, and Joel Smith and his best friend Adam are in Montana, enjoying a little break before returning to Seattle to finish up their college days. As they're heading out of town, Joel decides to check out an abandoned mine despite Adam's insistence that they continue on their way. Joel has a great adventure exploring the mine, but when he walks out later, Adam is not there. Everything is different. It is now May 1941.

In 1941, Joel is no longer an arrogant rich boy who can do whatever he wants. He has no money, no home, nothing. But when he comes to the aid of Tom Carter, his luck turns around. He soon meets Tom's family and friends, including his own grandmother who is a young woman at the time, and begins to settle into his new life. He even falls in love. But Joel knows what's coming in early December of that year, and he struggles with what to do with that knowledge.

Then Joel learns that there may be a way for him to get back to his real home, his real life. He is faced with his biggest decision yet. Does he leave his new friends, his new love? Or does he stay in this new life and fight for his country? What is the right thing to do for him and for those he loves?

I just loved this book. It was a very well-written, easy read, but it also made me think: What would I do in this situation? If you enjoy historical novels or time travel adventures, I highly recommend The Mine.

My Rating: 5/5

I only found one other mention of The Mine in my Google Reader: Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer interviewed the author back in April. You can read her interview here.

Visit the author's blog

Read my reviews of other books by John A. Heldt:
The Show
September Sky

This review was written based on an ebook copy of The Mine that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Comments

  1. This one would be hard for me to start reading too... I am not huge into anything time travel, but do give it a chance on recommendations.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do try it. It definitely doesn't read like a typical time travel novel.

      Delete
  2. I wonder whether you would like to link this in to Books You Loved. I suspect one of the reasons this book is not well known is it's cover?? Have a good weekend

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You may be right about the cover! Yes, I planned to submit this one. It's definitely deserving. :-)

      Delete
  3. Wow, that sounds like a great book! I'd read it :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I doubt I will be adding this title to my wishlist although it sounds interesting enough that I would read if given the opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I enjoyed this book and also the series.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mundie Moms are hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate. To stick with the theme of Independence Day, I'm doing what I did last year for this hop: I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States. It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from Book Depository . The contest ends on Thursday, July 5th at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and fun holiday! Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway Now check out all of the other giveaways you can enter at the links below!

Freedom Giveaway Hop

Simply Stacie and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer are hosting the Freedom Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate. To stick with the theme of Independence Day: I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States. It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from the vendor of my choice. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite U.S. author (this doesn't have to be the author of the book you choose if you're the winner). Include your email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only. I've decided to open this up to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address. For extra entries: Leave a separate comment if you follow My Book Retre

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!

This week, I'm participating in the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer . I'm giving away a book of your choice  up to $10 from Book Depository. It's that simple. Just visit  Book Depository and choose any book that is selling for $10 or less. This giveaway is open to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address ( click here to check ). The contest ends on Monday, March 5, 2012, at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be picked using Random.org and notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what book you want to win. Check out all the other participants in the giveaway hop!