Publish Date: February 12, 2012
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: Joel Smith and his friend, Adam, go to an abandoned mine in Montana right at the time of a planetary alignment. While his friend stays outside, Joel ventures in and when he reemerges, he’s in 1941 – 59 years in the past. Joel wasn't as freaked out about his time-traveling as I thought he’d be, he is more worried about the clothes he’s wearing and the fact he has no money. Joel makes his way to town and ends up saving a man from some toughs. He’s taken back to his new friend’s house and gets a job in his father’s mattress & furniture store as a salesman. It seems hardly a coincidence they met when he finds out his new found friend is dating his future grandmother! In the meantime, Joel is falling for one of his grandmother’s friends, Grace.
‘The Mine’ is a thought provoking story of time travel, love, and the consequences of both. I was, as I said earlier, a little confused by why Joel wasn't more shocked when he figured out he was in 1941. He seemed to fit almost seamlessly into his “new life”. I was really taken by the characters and the descriptions of the tumultuous time Joel was thrust into when he emerged from the cave. Joel really grows during the course of the story and I ended up rooting for him enthusiastically. The author had researched the time period well and it shines through every word. Read ‘The Mine’ and travel with Joel through time!
Northwest Passage series: The Mine (1), The Journey (2), The Show (3)