Author: John A. Heidt
Title: The Mine
Description: Joel Smith enters an abandoned mine and comes out in 1941. When he realizes that he won’t be heading back, he begins to make a life in a new time period. He gets a job, falls in love, and even meets people he knew in his old life. But what will happen when he gets the chance to return to his own time?
Review source: I received a review copy from the author.
Plot: I enjoyed this book, and couldn’t guess where it was going. I think part of that was that the title implied that the book was about the mine, but the mine was just the time travel mechanism.
Characters: Joel seemed almost too good to be true, as did Grace, his love interest. There were some interesting side characters, but I wouldn’t say that character development is a strength of the book.
Writing style: I find it sort of interesting that authors always have to have some “mechanism” of time travel. There should be a genre that just accepts time travel and starts with the story.
Audience: Time travel.
Wrap-up: This book is part of a series called Northwest Passage that is connected by the conceit of time travel. It has a sequel entitled The Show (maybe Grace performs in a show that transports her across time). The Mine is available for Kindle right now for .99-- at that price, it's worth taking a look! 3.5/5*