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Posted January 8, 2014
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.