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An old house + A new computer program =
The travel opportunity of a lifetime...
...to another century.

The People

Abby Thomas' 11-year-old student Merri is finally warming up to her. Her friendship with John Roberts is also heating up. He's definitely marriage material. Except for ...

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Unclaimed Legacy book 2

An old house + A new computer program =
The travel opportunity of a lifetime...
...to another century.

The People

Abby Thomas' 11-year-old student Merri is finally warming up to her. Her friendship with John Roberts is also heating up. He's definitely marriage material. Except for the fact that when she tells him about Beautiful Houses he thinks she's crazy.

Because a computer program that allows you to rewind and fast forward the lives of people from long ago is surely pure fantasy. Then John sees for himself that it's not.

Together they use Beautiful Houses to help the "Old Dears" next door with their family tree. Rummaging around in their history, they discover that the 85-year-old twins have been keeping a secret from each other since 1941. And the ladies' ancestors have a few secrets of their own.

Convicted in 1871 of murder and arson, Reuben Buchanan is a blight on the family name. But was he really guilty? Abby and John must get inside the mind of a murderer to find out.

But there are also heroes in the family tree-like Reuben's ancestor Nathan Buchanan. That doesn't mean he didn't have a few secrets, too. And Abby and John find one that's lain undiscovered for over 200 years.

The House

It began life as Nathan's log cabin built outside the walls of Lewis and Clark's 1803 Camp River Dubois. It was added onto through the years, and at one time it was a stage coach inn called Shake Rag Corner. Today it is a condemned derelict. While watching its history unfold, Abby and John discover a legacy waiting to be reclaimed and that God's promise to bless a thousand generations is really true.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478311492
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/17/2012
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Heal is the author of the young adult series Time and Again, which has been described as "'Back to the Future' meets virtual reality with a dash of 'Seventh Heaven' thrown in." She lives in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. She is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and a canine buddy named Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob).
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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    After Abby and Merry agree to dog-sit for John's cousin (with hi

    After Abby and Merry agree to dog-sit for John's cousin (with his help, of course), they meet their new neighbors, the twins Eulah and Beulah. These old women, who are endearingly called the Old Dears, are trying to put together a family tree. But since they don't know much of their family on their grandfather's side, it proves difficult. Abby, Merry, and John decide to help them by time-surfing in other old or even rotting houses in the area. One clue soon leads to another, and as they unearth the mysteries behind the Old Dears family tree. An illegitimate son? Murder? Or what?

    I really enjoyed this novella. There was the mystery, the sort of "time travel", and the growing romance between Abby and John. I loved the history! And the Old Dears were quite hilarious sometimes, especially Beulah and her pranks. It makes me want to do my own family tree.

    I only would have appreciated more time-surfing. The characters do it quite often, but the story revolves more around the present time than the past.

    Overall, a very interesting and unique story.

    Things you should know: *Spoiler alert

    There a little violence in this book. The violence is not described in detail, but mainly features an abusive husband beating his wife to death then burning her body. Also, there is kissing and even an assumed affair (not described) that is later cleared up. And a minor character is arrested for using and selling drugs. The author clearly does not promote these things (except kissing).

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for and honest review.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    Unclaimed Legacy' is the second book of Deborah Heal's exciting,

    Unclaimed Legacy' is the second book of Deborah Heal's exciting, new series. Abby & Merri continue in
     their adventures but now include a church member, John, into the equation.  Of course, Michael, is still
    an important character in the story.  Not only does the House Beautiful program open up a whole new                  perspective of earlier history, but further assists in discovering history in other places.  The "Old Dears" are introduced, adding a fun flair into the increasing            action and intrigue of the story plot.  Who knew house-sitting could be so informative?
    The friendship between the group strengthens. New personal challenges develop.  Does it all relate
    somehow? If so, how?  Where will this new situation take them?  Will they be able to find the answers
    before they are further discovered?  

    In this book of the series, there is even more action and poignant circumstances. If it is possible, this is
    even better than the first novel!  It moves at an even faster pace than the first one. A number of new
    situations and people evolve.

    The character profiles are well-defined and one becomes emotionally "caught up" in the evolving
    situations. A bit of humor is added to the story content .  The surrounding atmosphere is described in
    detail, causing one to feel they are in the place described.  

    The Cover is simple, yet fitting. The only concern I have there is I would have liked the detail in the
    background to be lighter so it is clearer to the reader of what it depicts. It would be more eye-catching.

    Once again, the story ends well, leaving the reader to want more without feeling of missing any pages.

    My review of this book gives it a Five Stars rating.  

    I was generously sent this book by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    This is my first time reading a book by author Deborah Heal and

    This is my first time reading a book by author Deborah Heal and I got the opportunity to read it for an honesty review. I can honestly
     say that I am so thankful that I was given the chance. It was such a good book from start to finish. I’m not sure how to classify the
     book..historical, Christian, science fiction, or young love but it is everything and more. All of the characters were so well developed.  
    I really enjoyed the Old Dears and their quirkiness. The story kept your interest with the time travel back and worth. 

    The book is a quick read but so enjoyable. I highly recommend it and will certainly read future books of Ms. Heal.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal Another great book by Deborah H

    Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal
    Another great book by Deborah Heal. A compelling story of a bizarre computer program that takes Abby, John and, Merri, on a walk through the history of past members of Miles Station. Abby and Merri discover a unbelievable computer program that allows them to get a first hand view of homes and people by some sort of time surfing or time travel. While house sitting they meet the Old Dears, a set of 85 year old elderly twins who live next door. With the help of Abby, John and Merri the Old Dears are able to trace their family history and solve an old family mystery of the not so black sheep of the family. This gripping story will take you on a history lesson of the Lewis and Clark days, you will see the power of forgiveness and redemption. I fell in love with the Old Dears, Eulah and Beulah, they had a quirky personality that reminded me of my grandmother. You will even find a little bit of romance. I really enjoyed this well thought out book, there were moments of tears and laughter. This book is book 2 of Time and Again. I must admit I have not read Time and Again but enjoyed this one so much I plan to read it. It can be read as a stand along. I want to thank the author Deborah Heal and publisher for writing and bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    Unclaimed Legacy (Time and Again, #2) is about Abby, John, and M

    Unclaimed Legacy (Time and Again, #2) is about Abby, John, and Merri in modern day Illinois. Abby has a weird computer program that "travels" back in time. Or in Abby's words, "time-surfin". With the use of the program, Abby, John, and Merri learn more about the ancestors of twins, Beulah and Eulah. What will they learn?
    I really really liked this story. I found it fascinating with the idea of "time-surfing". What an exciting concept! I loved little Merri. She was such a sweet kid. Beulah and Eulah were a fun addition to the story, as well. I'm definitely to go back and read Book 1 and 2 of this series. Fun read. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

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    Another Great Book by Ms. Heal! ¿Time and Again¿ was a

    <b>Another Great Book by Ms. Heal!</b>

    “Time and Again” was a great introduction to Abby, Merri, John, and all the others living about in the Miles Station’s neighborhood.  By the time I had turned to that last page I felt like I had made some new friends.  “Unclaimed Legacy’s” genuine warmth and down home spirit turned those new friends into my old friends--people I’d grown up with in my old neighborhood. You know . . . the ones who make you feel like you were a part of their family.  And, what is more fun than having a summer adventure with your pals from the old neighborhood?  This time, Eulah and Beulah need to solve a long-time mystery in their family tree and there is only one way that Abby, Merri, and John can help them.  Of course, by now . . . you know what that is from reading “Time and Again.” 
    “Unclaimed Legacy” really has great character development and character interaction. There is a little love-play tension between Abby and John throughout the book.  The history of Eulah and Beulah’s bloodline dances around a great mysterious tale that only can be solved through the odd and quirky computer program that has intrigued our three friends from the beginning.  Adding the new characters gives a bit of depth and suspense to the mystery.
    But, I really appreciated the way this author weaves all the history of the area into the story.  I’m not a great history lover but in this book there is nothing glaring or boring with dull facts that will cause you to nod off.  I was almost through reading the whole book before I realized how many historical tidbits were presented.  With the little I know of the third story and my experience with the first two, I am really excited to get into the last one of the trilogy.  
    It is so refreshing to just have a good story to kick back, relax, and unwind from a trying day.  Every night I read it before hitting the hay and the worst part of that is the book is done. It was really something to look forward to in ending my day. The good news is I have the last book of the trilogy left to read.  And, I can’t wait!

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    This was my first book of Ms. Heal¿s and I was very impressed to

    This was my first book of Ms. Heal’s and I was very impressed to say the least!  What a fun book!  It has so many different aspects, suspense, mystery, history, social issues, and humor, challenges faced at different stages of life.  She blends and weaves all these into a very enjoyable and interesting story! I must say I have never read a fiction book quite like it!  I especially liked the interaction between the characters.  The humor and conversations made them very real!  Some were so clever I even read them to my husband!
    Abby is a personal tutor to teenager, Merri.  They accidently stumble upon a computer program that allows them to go back in time and see the day to day lives of those in past.  There are only certain places it will work and it reveals details of those who have lived at that location.  A true life version of “If Walls Could Talk”!   Something I have always wished I could experience!   When they share this information with their friend John and he becomes involved in their exciting adventure.    
    They accept a job house sitting a beautiful Victorian home and looking out for two 85 year old twin sisters next door, Eulah and Beulah.  The pair, dubbed the “Old Dears”, is hilarious in their antics and ideas.   Very quickly Abby and Merri log into their program and find the house they are staying in was the twin’s childhood home.  In fact, they learn more than they are comfortable with about the sister’s past.  Through the twist and turn of events and their computer, they are taken back to the time of Lewis and Clark find themselves even witnessing a murder! There were so many times I wished I could grab their laptop and control the program myself. Not to mention take it a few places of my own!
    Ms. Heal didn’t just include history, she brought it to life with detailed descriptions of not only the daily lives of the people, but also the thoughts and feelings they might have experienced.  At points I truly felt “transported” back to that time.  She also touched on the important subject of domestic violence.  It isn’t just a problem now but has been throughout history too.  Something I had not considered. 
    I thought her involvement of the elderly sisters as respected, valued and loved was wonderful. It sends a strong message that our senior citizens and their life experiences are not only important, but also how very enjoyable spending time with them can be.  A much needed point to be made in a time with the elderly are neglected and not appreciated and esteemed.  Their love and delight in being with the John, Abby, and Merri, reminded me of how many older people are longing to open their hearts and homes to the younger generation.
    Though not a major part of the book, Merri’s dealings with her mother’s constant working and overlooking her and her father’s neglect and drug abuse shows the effect such parenting failures have on children.  
    So many wonderful things in one book and a surprise ending too!   I look forward to reading Ms. Heal’s first book and her future ones!  
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. 


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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Boo and Yoo Find Family!

    We left Abby, Merrideth and their friends trying to get Merri’s house, Colonel Miles’ house, to return in her computer program Beautiful House. But other chores loom ahead for the group as John’s cousin needs a housesitter just at the time Merri’s mom leaves for conference. As Lucy explains the care and feeding of her antiques and her dog the next-door neighbors pop over. Twins, Beulah and Eulah, one an old maid and one a widow. Grew up in Lucy’s house only to move next door when they got older.
    Abby and Merri are trying their darnedest to convince John that they really were inside the program but he’s not buying it. He is totally infatuated with Abby, but can’t lean far enough to go for the inhabiting a computer tale. You can’t blame him. Beulah and Eulah know one of their relatives lived close but died in childbirth. They are trying to finish their family tree with no luck until…..the house across from the old Museum yields some very important information.
    This is part two of the Time stories by Debbie Heal and our friends are back. John, the questioning law student; Abby the tutor and, of course Merri who is growing up a bit by now and learning that life may not be how you want it but you’ve got to deal with it anyway.
    The things they find in the burned out home will shock them, enlighten them and make them understand why they were meant to be part of history in a much more intimate way. An excellent book! Read part one Time and Again first or lots of this won’t make much sense.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

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    Time and Again Series Book 2

    Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal Time and Again Series Book 2 Abby and Merri return for another adventure with the mysterious time-surfing software that seems to bring out the “soul” of a house. This time it’s the old Victorian they are house sitting that belongs to John’s cousin Lucy. Up to this point John didn’t believe Abby and Merri when they would tell him about their adventures to old time Miles Station but now that the program has been uploaded to his laptop and he’s seeing it with his own eyes….well let’s just say for some people seeing is believing. Although Abby would have liked for John to believe her without proof. On this trip we are in Alton, Illinois and we meet eighty-five year old twin sisters, Beulah Mae and Eulah Mae. As our sleuths try and help the Old Dears with their family tree they run into information that isn’t so good. A bad apple on one of the branches. Deborah Heal tells the story with a mystery to solve, humorous events and some tear jerking moments. She also leaves you with some interesting history facts. You may want to read book 1, Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station, to know the whole story about their first time-surfing adventures and how Abby, Merri, Michael and John meet.

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    Posted October 12, 2012

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