History buff Joel Smith reveres the Forties: the movies, the music, even the cars. But until he stumbles into a time portal, he keeps the decade at a distance. All that changes in THE MINE, where Millennial Man meets the Greatest Generation.
In May 2000 Smith is a handsome, self-absorbed man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior enters an abandoned Montana mine on a weekend getaway, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a 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, he hops a train to his hometown of Seattle and falls in with a group of college friends that includes his future grandmother, her affable boyfriend, a witty Japanese American, and a shy honors student named Grace Vandenberg.
Throughout his sometimes humorous, often poignant journey, Joel struggles with the knowledge of things to come. He knows the attack on Pearl Harbor will have a devastating impact on his friends and vows to limit his own influence on lives he was never supposed to touch. But that pledge becomes difficult to keep as he falls hard for Grace, a striking beauty with a tragic past and a seemingly solid engagement to a U.S. naval officer.
With the help of his new friends, Joel finds contentment in his strange new world. But his peace is fleeting. When an opportunity arrives to return to the present, he must decide whether to leave Grace in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever.
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John A. Heldt is a reference librarian who lives and works in Montana. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved reading and writing since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of both the University of Oregon and University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. THE MINE is his first novel.
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