The Mine by John A. Heldt
Self-assured, handsome Joel Smith finds himself transported back in time as he explores an abandoned mine shaft. This strange phenomenon comes about as six planets line up in the solar system. Finding himself in the year 1941, Joel has the opportunity to learn more about himself and how the world was many years before his birth. A war is looming, everything is strange and different, and Joel must find a way to survive as well as try to understand what has happened and how to get back. As life would have it, even in a different era, a beautiful love story unfolds between Joel and the lovely young lady Grace. Their love is bittersweet, for Joel belongs in another time, and the return to ‘his time’ is imminent.
Joel has uncanny good luck, but such is life for some people. This gives the novel a very light-hearted feel. John Heldt has written an intriguing, special book that holds the reader’s attention as well as creating a very ‘true’ depiction of how life would be in 1941. Mr. Heldt skilfully brings the story forward and we experience all the ups and downs along with the protagonist as he grows in himself and realizes the important truths of life.
The ending was definitely not a disappointment, and I felt like clapping my hands to applaude the closing paragraphs.
A well-written, engaging, and enjoyable read, and I am looking forward to more books from this author.