Time and Again: Book 1 in the History Mystery Series

Time and Again: Book 1 in the History Mystery Series

by Deborah Heal


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Time and Again: Book 1 in the History Mystery Series by Deborah Heal

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. It's not her idea of 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 then there's the virtual trip to the 19th century she gets to take via a strange computer program called Beautiful Houses-also too amazing to be real! No one knows how it works, but with the program, Abby can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including that of young Charlotte Miles.

In 1858, Charlotte's house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And she is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she'll ever get to have any fun. But 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 leads to his presidency during the dark days of the Civil War. Hearing Abraham Lincoln pour out his heart on the debate stage inspires Charlotte Miles to take up the cause of abolition and to turn her house into a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Abby and Merrideth gain new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God's plans to bless Charlotte Miles and the other inhabitants of the old house unfold on their computer screen.

What Readers Are Saying...

"Loved this book!!! Read the whole first series very fast because I could not put the books down. I love history so a computer program that takes you "virtually" back in time was a hook for me! I normally just read historical fiction, but this contemporary novel caught my interest and has kept it through the entire series, as into the Rewinding Time series." (Candace E. Winegar)

"Anytime an author takes research seriously, I fall in love! I will be getting the next part of the trilogy soon. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" (Stacy Wilson)

"When I first purchased the book I thought the characters would time travel back, but instead the way it was done was even better." (Gloria Baikauskas)

"Most enjoyable read. Got me ready for seconds and thirds. So do yourself a favor and buy the set."

Time and Again is perma-free historical Christian fiction.

Get the remainder of the time travel trilogy-Unclaimed Legacy, and Every Hill and Mountain-at a discount when you buy the History Mystery Box Set. Then be sure to continue the historical adventure with the follow-up Rewinding Time Series where "bratty" pre-teen Merrideth becomes Dr. Merrideth Randall, professor of history.

The History Mystery Trilogy: Christian time travel with a unique twist-computer software that "time-surfs" through the history of old houses. It's also squeaky-clean romance, guaranteed to be flinch-free. And the kind of historical fiction you like to read-believable!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482627213
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Deborah Heal, 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," was born not far from the setting of her novel Every Hill and Mountain and grew up just down the road from the settings of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy.

Today she lives with her husband in Monroe County, Illinois, not far from the setting of Once Again. She enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, five grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout, a.k.a. Dr. Bob in Unclaimed Legacy.

She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website www.deborahheal.com and her Facebook author page www.facebook.com/DeborahHeal.

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Time and Again: Book 1 in the History Mystery Series 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Berls More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Initial Thoughts:  I picked up Time and Again from Audiobook Jukebox, thinking that the story sounded unique and interesting. Plus I noted that it had an average rating on Goodreads over 4 stars. Unfortunately it didn't deliver for me at all.  I started to DNF at the 20% mark because I thought, "this is only 5 hours, it would be lazy to DNF something that short." But no. It's nothing like what I was expecting, had lots of elements that just kind of rubbed me the wrong way, and the narration was not good. Why it didn't work for me:  - The narration! I listened to a sample briefly and for some reason thought it was okay or else I would have never requested Time and Again. But I was wrong. I felt like Michelle Baab was in a race - she just sped along with no variation in pace or tone for emotion. I eventually got used to it, but definitely would say it played a big part in my decision to DNF Time and Again. - The way that Abby (the main character) describes and relates to Merrideth, the 11 year old that she is supposed to be tutoring, bordered on offensive for me. I get that this girl has problems. But the emphasis that the girl is fat and she only eats Kit Kats and named her cats Kit and Chip (for her two favorite foods - Kit Kats and chips) just was overboard. There's more to this girl than being fat and I'd hope that Abby could see that. There's an inkling that she's starting to, but I couldn't take anymore. But maybe this gets better and Abby realizes that she's been far too judgmental? - The thing is, I don't think that's likely because Abby has a very judgemental personality. She's CONSTANTLY quoting Bible verses. I can handle religion being woven into a story where appropriate, but this had the preachy quality and that rubbed me the wrong way. - Finally, the pace was just so SLOW. Abby is teaching Merrideth and we actually get to sit in on those lessons. Who wanted to relive grammar lessons when reading a book? Show of hands? Yeah, me either. We could have skipped that, especially since the lessons only felt like they were there to reiterate how stupid Abby thinks Merrideth is. As a tutor/teacher myself, I found it really sad and I felt like Abby was in the wrong field. Although the mystery finally got started around the 40% mark, I still found myself falling asleep, so I called it quits.  So it didn't work for me and I'm calling it.  Time of death: 50% 
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
In Time and Again, by Deborah Heal, Abby travels to an extremely small town in Illinois to tutor eleven-year-old Merrideth. However, the summer job is more than Abby expected. Convincing spoiled Merrideth to do her schoolwork is nearly impossible, that is, until the girls find a computer program called Beautiful Houses. The program allows them to “time-surf,” or “spy,” on people who lived in their large house over 150 years before, mainly Charlotte, the daughter of the original owner. What will happen in the lives of Abby, Merrideth, and Charlotte? Will Abby be able to answer Merrideth’s deep questions? And what will happen to Charlotte when the Civil War begins? I really enjoyed this novella! It was a little slow in the beginning. After all, I thought the entire book would be about time-surfing, but it wasn’t. There was so much more going on in the story than simply watching Charlotte live her life. Abby helped Merrideth grow in self-esteem and kindness, not just help her with her studies. They were friends—eventually, that is. Also, Merrideth had many hard questions. Having had her parents’ divorce a few weeks earlier and then move away from her father, Merrideth is hurting. She feels futility in life—a person is born, dies, and no one even remembers them. But Abby tries to show Merrideth hope in Christ. Abby even uses Beautiful Houses to illustrate that “all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.” The historical element was a rather realistic portrayal of life in the 1860’s. Charlotte is a young woman who matures throughout the novella. She goes from a teenager who is angry at her father to a woman courageous enough to hide escaped slaves in her attic while feeding soldiers downstairs. The stories from the escaped slaves were tragic, but yet so realistic. I wish no one had to suffer as they did. I’m just glad slavery is outlawed now. Overall, Time and Again was a pleasant, thought-provoking novella. Things you should know: This book is completely clean!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Time and Again' by Deborah Heal is an unparalleled story of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical fiction all into on one extraordinary tale! Abby decides to do some volunteer summer tutoring for a student during her summer break. It will give her some good experience - and perhaps a recommendation - after she completes her final year earning teaching degree at the university. Is Abby "in over her head" with this experience? Eleven year old Merridith and her mother move away from her father and his new girlfriend, her friends and her school, after her parents divorce. Meredith is angry and feels defeated. She resents it all! She will not make it easy for her mother or new tutor. Maybe her dad will come and get her and take her back. She has more than one problem that drives people away from her. Will she do anything about it? These are the two key people in the first book of this intriguing trilogy. Other characters are introduced but the challenge begins with these two individuals. Who is in the computer room during each night when everyone should be in bed? Deborah Heal has successfully created a unique story that YA and Adults will both enjoy. The characters seem so real the reader will feel he/she knows them. The addition of characters and intrigue steadily builds until the very end. The ending gently fades, leaving the reader wanting more but not feeling exasperated with abruptness. The descriptiveness is complete so the picture of the background scenery is vivid in ones mind. However, there are two book covers I have seen. I think it would have been great to slightly combine the two. It would have been more visually appealing. All in all, I still have to offer a Five Stars rating in reviewing this book. It was very good writing and never dragged. I was generously sent this book by the author for an honest review of which I have given
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite As a college project, Abby Thomas volunteered to spend her summer tutoring an eleven-year-old troubled girl, Merrideth. The summer didn’t begin as easily as Abby expected. Merrideth’s parents were divorced, her mother, Pat, was always busy with work and rarely had time for her daughter. Merrideth had no interest in spending her summer studying and intended to make as much trouble as possible for Abby. Eventually the two formed a friendship. After finding a 100-year-old map of the town, they began researching the area. They walked the area and talked to someone knowledgeable about the history of the place; they also used a computer for research. The computer allowed them to look into the past in a special way. As they research the area in 1854, they “meet” Charlotte, a former resident of the house Merrideth lives in, and they can see life through her eyes. Time and Again was written by author Deborah Heal. As the title of this book indicates, the plot is twofold, part of it taking place in the present and part of it in the past. In the present, Merrideth has more to deal with than any normal eleven-year-old child. Through a time travel computer, Merrideth and Abby visit the past. Deborah Heal skillfully navigates back and forth between the past and present. Her transitions are smooth and well done. This is an amazing book with strong Christian undercurrents. The characters are likable and I really cared about them. I was so captivated by this book that I read it in one sitting. I really did not want it to end. I’ve always enjoyed history and this book brings the Civil War era to life. I recommend this book for upper elementary and older readers. This is part of a new series and I look forward to reading the next installment.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I found that Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station was a great read. I actually read it in one day. I just couldn't find myself to put it down. I had already read book two of the series, Unclaimed Legacy. I find this series is really great. I would definitely recommend this book, as well as, the series. 5 stars.
DianeWalters More than 1 year ago
“Time and Again”--Charming!  Quaint!  Clever! Time and Again is a good, wholesome, old fashioned story with a modern twist.  This charming tale touches upon many of the hard issues that kids have to face today—depression, bullying, weight issues, absentee parents, abandonment, self-esteem, and young love.  It is written in such a way that these issues, which seem so momentous at first, gently blend into the background and simply melt away as the relationship between Abby and Meredith develops and they become fast friends.   Both girls are embarking on new adventures in their lives.  Abby just graduated from college, has taken a summer job—her first job, as a live-in tutor.  Meredith recently moved to the lonely, empty little town of Miles Station with her mother to an old historic home she inherited.  Determined to make a new life for them, her mother must work all sorts of crazy hours, which leaves Meredith with nothing to do.  She is feeling angry and dejected, and the last thing she wants is a babysitter hanging around, pestering, her all day long.   Naturally, the story does not end there . . . the old house promises some mysterious, quirky surprises for the two as they delve into its history and of the presently defunct town of Miles Station.   The author did a marvelous job in addressing some of the confusion that children have in growing up while trying to understand the adult world.  In this, the book turns an enjoyable story into a chapter by chapter mini life-lessons book for teenagers.  Her teaching style is crafted in such a way to make you think you are just reading a fun story.  She offers so much in the way of learning history, relationships, people, and in surviving the turbulent teenage years, that you will want to read it time and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time and Again is author Deborah Heal's contemporary look at time travel. This is neither sci-fi nor the usual syrup of Christian fiction. "Weaving History and Faith into Fiction" is Heal's mission and her gift. Heal has done her historical homework for the story's central Illinois setting.Set in Brighton Illinois, a crumbling mid-western railroad town, the heroine "Abby" leaves her life of privilege to tutor the troubled "Merideth", as what begins as a college service project. Her job is to save this young charge from being held back in school. The story weaves through adolescent bratty-ness, serious family issues, and coming of age for the tutor, young student, and mother alike. Positive values and the message that everyone is a work in progress flow through these pages without any character being dismissive or judgmental. The adventure of discovery comes through a surprising and contemporary portal, connecting 150 years of history to modern lives. God is present and faith is celebrated in the lives of these characters who grow and develop throughout this well told tale. Time and Again is clearly written and interesting as both a story of fiction and a lesson in American history. "Time and Again" is a good and safe book for pre-teen readers yet enjoyable to adults too. This is the first installment in a series and as such ends rather abruptly. The author is not done with this story. Thanks to the author for giving me a copy of her book in exchange for this review and trusting me with my own opinions. There is more commentary on my blog, Thethoughtfulpastor on blogspot.