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 by Shae:
I must tell you this book is hard for me to review. I am torn. It was a hard read at first. I had to push myself to get through the first half of the book. I am glad I did. The book has a great story, but you have to weed through the first half of the history and detail. It took me forever to read due to not being drawn in until the last half. If you will just hold on, the story is worth it.
This story is of a young man who travels back in time and makes a life for himself in 1941. He meets up with a person from his present that is most intriguing. He forges new friendships that leave him questioning whether to return when given the opportunity. He falls in love in 1941. After his decision is made, you fallow him with the struggles of his decision. Did he make the right one? The ending was amazing.