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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.


  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.

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

  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

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

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

  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.

  5. I enjoyed this book and also the series.


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