The novel is about two friends going cross country where they stumble across an old mine shaft. First impressions, straight-forward novel, instantly getting a feel for the characters and what they are lacking in their lives.
An interesting turn as the mine shaft took Joel back in time to 1941. Surrounded by the old-fashioned attire and town, his buddy is nowhere to be found.
Another perspective is the young women that came into Joel’s life that forever changes his outlook. A woman so close it seems unbelievable.
Going back in time puts things into perspective. Meeting the people from another era, and realizing how close he is to one in particular. But the implications of knowing what happens in the past can dictate what happens in the future; knowing the future and unable to stop what is about to happen.
A fascinating insight and plot to the year before Pearl Harbour. And how this completely different era changed Joel in more ways than one.
The author does a really good job of making the characters believable and relatable. As I read I wanted things to work out for them, but knowing for some that war takes the innocent.
The sad reality of war looming of the attack on Pearl Harbour hovering over the happiness. Although World War II is going on, it does not affect this small town until one day a friend gets called to war.
It is quite an addictive read to find out what happens. It may seem a bit long or tedious in some places, but for those that enjoy a good history story then it is well worth the read. Closer to the end it is hard to put down as the events unfold. Reality sinks in, and Joel has to make decisions – his old life, or his new life?
I was surprised that the book became quite riveting at the end as Joel tries to find answers. What one thinks the book is about; the reader may be pleasantly surprised how it actually turns out.
A very sweet and unexpected ending, finishing off a great story of true love.
3 ½ out of 5 stars