An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a lifetime...to another century!
Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. Not a dream job. But it does come with perks. There's John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.
And there's the new computer program Beautiful Houses--also too amazing to be real. No one knows how it works, but with it she can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including Charlotte Miles. In 1858, the house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And Charlotte is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she'll ever get to have any fun. And then she meets two travelers who change her life forever. There's James McGuire with whom she falls in love. And there's his boss, a young Springfield lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. His debate with political opponent Stephen Douglas catapults him onto the national stage. And it inspires Charlotte to take up the cause of abolition.
The House--A stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. . . a stop on the Underground Railroad. Watching the house's history unfold, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God's loving hand in the lives of its inhabitants.
Deborah Heal is the author of the Time and Again History Mystery Trilogy, which has been described as "Back to the Future meets virtual reality with a dash of Seventh Heaven thrown in." Her companion to the trilogy, the Rewinding Time Series, follows the exploits of Merrideth Randall, a history professor who uses a mysterious computer program to get an up close and personal view of events of the past.
Deborah Heal was born in Eldorado, Illinois, not far from the setting of her novel Every Hill and Mountain, and for many years she lived near the setting of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy.
Today she lives in Monroe County, Illinois, the setting of Once Again. Deborah Heal is married and has three grown children, four grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout. She enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history.
Read about the history behind her books on her website: http://www.deborahheal.com
"This is an amazing book. . . I was so captivated. . . I read it in one sitting. This book brings the Civil War era to life... I look forward to reading the next installment." --Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"What really made the story unique was how she brought the past to life via a computer program. While this book is geared toward teens, I think that anyone who enjoys contemporary and historical fiction woven together will certainly enjoy this book. On a scale of one to five I would easily give this book a six! Highly recommended."
--Brenda Casto, Amazon reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars With authentic, detailed research and faithfulness to the era, Time and Again brings alive the pre-Civil War year of 1854, Abraham Lincoln's run for government office, the Underground Railroad and the brutal, harsh realities of slavery... The subtle Christian faith message in this story is. . .natural, believable and relevant. Mysteries are solved, truths are revealed, and Merrideth learns "all things work together for good for them that love God."... Engaging and entertaining, this book is appropriate for ...young adults and adult readers alike.
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel without the SciFi! In "History Lessons" by Emily Bloch, David McCullough complains of history textbooks that are boring and poorly written, unimaginative, creating a distaste on the part of students for history. He states, "....there's no end of wonderful books to read. Give them good books!...Go where things happened. Feel what it was like in the snow at Valley Forge."
Thank you, Deborah Heal, for such a book. Kids would devour history if they were required to read books like this... I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
--Mary L. Hamilton