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Posted March 31, 2012
A great read for teens AND adults. Wonderful blend of time travel with very accurate history from the Lincoln era.
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Posted October 5, 2012
Abby Thomas is on her summer break from college. She has decided to do a college service project which will be tutoring eleven year old Merrideth in small community called Miles Station, Illinois. The girl and her mom Pat live in a very old two story house that is in desperate need of a makeover.
As soon as Abby meets the unkempt young Merrideth it is apparent that this will not be as easy a project she was expecting. The young girl complains about everything she is asked to do. Plus she has a really sarcastic attitude. That is until they find a virtual tour program on the computer that pulled them into a time 160 years in the past and into the real life of Charlotte Miles, daughter of Colonel Miles original owner of Merrideth's new home. Colonel Miles was also founder of Miles Station.
What was the deal could they really be watching and hearing what went on with Charlotte that many years ago?
It was just too freaky, yet they did not want to stop the program. Was there any way to communicate with Charlotte?
Abby and Merrideth compare the rundown conditions of the almost ghost town to the booming Miles Station at the time Charlotte and her father were alive. Then they became obsessed with the daily life or lack thereof that Charlotte was living while stuck in Miles Station because of her over protective father. On one occasion Charlotte wanted to go to the fair with a young man she knew but her father forbid her to have anything to do with the young man. She was so hurt and angry.
The author has a great imagination coming up with this virtual tour computer program. She created many interesting character in the book.
Pat the workaholic mother of Merrideth
Michael a little boy that is tormented by his peers calling him a tardo.
Mrs. Arnold the eccentric and oldest native born resident of Miles Station.
The charming handsome Jake that Abby first met at church and then again at the Tropical Frost where he sells snow cones.
So you can see putting together all these characters along with the history, intrigue, mystery and romance of the past and present of the community of Miles Station definitely makes for a good read.
Excerpt from back cover of Time and Again: Charlotte at Miles Station is a story told in the past and in the present. A story of three girls - their perspectives, their relationships, and their journey of self-discovery and faith.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from the author Deborah Heal for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted September 17, 2012
When Abby got out of college with a teaching degree; the world was open to great possibilities. However, there was the summer to consider first and she had accepted a tutoring job in Miles Station, Illinois. Or what was left of it. Which wasn’t much.
The mother was a nice lady named Pat and then there was the child she had been hired to tutor – Merrideth. Heavy on the deth part. Merri was a very unhappy eleven-yr old who had just survived an unpleasant divorce and had been torn away from her only hero – dad. Determined to make her mother and all around her as unhappy as she was, Merri didn’t do anything. She didn’t wash her hair, she didn’t bathe and the one thing she excelled at was eating Kit Kats.
With a heart-felt sign and a prayed Abby begins. In a burst of guilt, Dad bought Merri a new computer and cell phone. The computer has all the games on it you can imagine, including one called Beautiful House. Beautiful House shows all sorts of lovely mansions from the area – including the “fixer-upper” Pam had purchased. One kick – it also shows the people who lived there and, if you click the right key you can go into their time and mingle unnoticed!
Using this as a tool, Abby teaches Merri math, reading, history and a myriad of other things. However, when the program stops and she calls Customer Support – nada.
The characters in this book were well done. Merri could have been either of my girls at that age; abby the well-meaning Christian tutor and Pam, the harried, overworked and underpaid mom who’s trying her best. The way Merri and Abby meld together was great and I want the program!
Posted August 27, 2012
Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station by Deborah Heal Time and
Again Series Book 1 Abby Thomas needed to choose a summer service
project. With teaching in her future she chose to tutor a young girl for
the summer. Her excitement was not met in the same way. Young Merredith
didn’t seem to care about anything. She didn’t take care of herself and
Abby allowed her physical appearance and bad attitude to rule her
opinion of Merredith as well. As Abby gets to know the girl she sees the
underlying circumstances that have caused Merredith to be like she is.
Such as moving from Chicago to this hick town of only a few homes, if
you could even call it a town. After meeting young Michael and Mrs
Arnold, an older neighbor woman, an interest in what Miles Station use
to be like opens up into an adventure. Especially when they discovered
the home Merredith’s mother inherited belonged to the founder of the
town, Colonel Jonathon Miles. When they realize they can see his
daughter, Charlotte Miles, on a computer program, learning history
becomes an exciting past time. I found this to be an easy flowing book
where the characters and town came to life. It was one of those books
for me that was hard to put down, “just one more page” type books. It
is so special to watch Merredith as she comes out of her shell and the
friendship they give to Michael. The history they learn as they go back
in time was put in such a way that I found myself sitting there
‘watching’ the Douglas/Lincoln debate, seeing the difference in the
candidates clothing and speeches from the author’s description.
Deborah’s writing brought out the emotions for me as well….whether a
smile or tears. Much of the story was built on true facts. I’m looking
forward to the next book, Unclaimed Legacy.
Posted July 11, 2012
This book will have you, at the beginning, wanting to shake some life into Merrideth while feeling pity for Abby, who deserves five stars just in her character herself. You begin to feel remorse for Merrideth after you get to know her more. She is an intelligent girl, she really doesn't need Abby to tutor her, and she becomes less annoying when you realize that she just needs someone to pay some attention to her, and that is what Abby does. Abby never gives up on her, and when they find this program on Merrideth's computer and their lives become intertwined with Charlotte, I feel it help Merrideth feel needed in helping Charlotte, and it let Merrideth know that she is a bright, smart, young girl with a lot of potential. She stops, in a way, feeling that the world is out to get her, and instead it makes her feel like she can make a difference in the world. I highly recommend this book for young girls, teenagers, young adults, actually anyone who reads! I can't wait for the next adventure from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2012
Abby Thomas plans on being a teacher so she thinks tutoring an eleven year old girl would be the perfect summer project for college.She travels from Chicago to Miles Station to spend the summer with Merrideth, the girl whom she will be tutoring. Thing is Merrideth and her mother Pat only recently moved to Miles Station,because of divorce, inheriting an old house couldn't have come at a better time. Merrideth misses her father, and the last thing she wants is a tutor for the summer, and her attitude proves it. Abby is determined to reach Merrideth,and tries to come up with different ideas, when a computer program allows them to connect with the past, it just might be the thing to help Merrideth connect to her present and future.
I really loved this book!!! It was a greatastic story that pulled me in from the beginning pages. I loved the characters of the story. Merrideth was such a deep character, even though she was only eleven, she was really carrying around alot of pain.She missed her father,and really felt like it was her fault that her parents separated, and that her mom wasn't home. Although she hid these feelings well, instead coming off with an I don't care attitude.I loved watching her find her self worth as the story progressed. Abby was just what Merrideth needed, although in the beginning she really didn't think so. The secondary characters really added depth to the story, I could just picture young Michael, and Mrs Arnold was a bit eccentric but quite likable.It was so easy to become invested in Charlotte's life even though it took place over 150 years ago. I also enjoyed the relationship that started to develop with Abby and John,and hope we might see more of this in a future story.
While the characters really made an impression on me it was the plot that really grabbed my attention. I thought Ms. Heal did an amazing job of transitioning between the past and present,while weaving a bit of history into the story. What really made the story unique was how she brought the past to life via a computer program, or at least it seemed like a program in the beginning, but as the story progresses we see a more supernatural element taking place. The fact that Ms. Heal even takes the time to weave in some positive christian messages really takes this book to a whole different level. While this book is geared toward teens,I think that anyone who enjoys reading 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.
Posted May 15, 2012
The best part of a young adult book is when they can blend a great story and a bit of a history lesson so well they you don't even realize it. That is just that Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station does by Deborah Heal in her debut novel that your middle school child will just fall in love with.
I remember all my summers when I would spend them waiting for our book mobile (that's a portable library on wheels, for you that are wondering) to arrive in our neighborhood and race there just to check out as many books as I was allowed. So it gives me great pleasure when I come across an outstanding book that I would have loved to read as a young adult to recommend to you.
Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station is the first book by Deborah Heal with a sequel due out soon that tells us the story of the old town of Miles Station and some of the residents that lived there many years ago. Miles Station is now falling into dis-repair and most of the buildings from long ago are just now foundations of stone crumbling among the overgrown weeds while the streets that ran through town are missing as time and the years have claimed them as well.
Abby Thomas is using her summer to work on her Ambassador College service project by volunteering as a companion and tutor to an economically disadvantaged adolescent for a young girl named Merrideth who has fallen behind in her grades. Her mom, Pat, is going through a difficult divorce and has moved into her Aunt's old home in Miles Station, a small town in Illinois.
While the house is livable, Pat is hoping that in time, she begin to work on renovating the old home back to its former glory some day, but for now it's a home to live in for free.
Merrideth is less than willing to accept Abby, whom she refers to as a babysitter and finds solace in spending her free time watching television, eating Kit Kat candy bars and playing games on her computer. Abby has also been asked to help if she can, to find a way to nurture Merrideth back to a healthier weight in the process of helping her catch up on her school work.
As Abby struggles to find a way to reach Merrideth with less that interesting, musty, old textbooks, she finds that often times the best teacher is interactive learning. She attempts to achieve this by helping Merrideth explore the old house, the surrounding town and through a computer program on Merrideth's computer that mysteriously turns on by itself late at night. What they soon discover through a virtual reality tour program of old homes is that they can take a trip back in time to the girl who used to live in this very house, a girl named Charlotte.
I received this book compliments of Deborah Heal, and have to say this is one of the best books I've had the opportunity to read and review. Being a mom of a middle school child, I can't wait to share this book with her as well. It takes us back in time to a life without technology and shows us a bit of how life was lived in a much simpler time with a bit of history thrown in for an added surprise! I haven't read a book like this and that's why I am so excited to share this one. I think it really speaks to the heart of our children because its able to relate to them and draw them into the story.
I can't wait to read the sequel to this series and I've LOVED reading all about Charlotte along the way. It also shows you how you can reach children who struggle with learning and make it more fun and interesting like Abby does with Merrideth. For me, this one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to many more novels by Deborah Heal in the future.
Posted February 19, 2012
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Posted October 2, 2012
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