Unclaimed Legacy

Unclaimed Legacy

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by Deborah Heal

The olden days aren’t all they’re cracked up to be . . .

“I call it time-surfing,” Abby said.
“It’s like being there,” Merri said, “except no one can see or hear us.”
“Whatever you call it,” John said, “that was crazy—beyond realistic. I mean, I was inside that guy’s


The olden days aren’t all they’re cracked up to be . . .

“I call it time-surfing,” Abby said.
“It’s like being there,” Merri said, “except no one can see or hear us.”
“Whatever you call it,” John said, “that was crazy—beyond realistic. I mean, I was inside that guy’s head.”

Those who have read Time and Again know that Abby Thomas is a college student on a summer service project with 11-year-old Merri. And they know that the summer is not going the way Abby had expected—but in a good way. For one thing, she meets a very nice guy named John Roberts. And for another, she discovers a strange computer program called Beautiful House that lets her fast-forward and rewind life. Not her own, of course, but those of the people who lived in Merri’s old house.

And now Beautiful House comes in handy when Abby, John, and Merri agree to help the "Old Dears" next door with their family tree.

Except Abby and John learn more about one of the ladies’ ancestors than they ever wanted to know. 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.

And while they’re rummaging around in the Old Dears’ family history, they also find Nathan Buchanan, a heroic relative connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition—and a legacy waiting to be reclaimed.

But the most important discovery they make is that God’s promise to bless a thousand generations is true.

“In this sequel to Time and Again Deborah Heal has taken pieces of real life history and woven them [into] a fantastic story geared to keep the reader entertained and on the edge of their seat… I adored every single bit of this. It has the perfect blend of history and action-packed suspense to keep young adults glued to the pages…

I think she has mastered a home run here. This one easily rates a 5 out of 5 stars for me…and I hope it will work its way to the top of the best seller lists for young adults.”
Pirate "Kat," Amazon Reviewer

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Meet the Author

Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again "history mystery" series, was born not far from the setting of her book Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the setting of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy. Today she lives with her husband in Monroe County, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, three grandchildren (and another on the way), and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob). She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website and Facebook author page.

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Unclaimed Legacy 4.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 3 reviews.
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EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
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.