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Visiting another century...not the summer vacation she had planned.

Abby thinks tutoring an “an economically disadvantaged adolescent” as her college service project for the summer will be a snap.

Merrideth, her sullen 11-year-old student, thinks “No thanks, I don’t need a babysitter.”

John thinks Abby’s kidding when she tells him she can fast-forward and rewind life. Not her own, of course, but that of the girl who lived in Merrideth’s house 160 years ago.

It’s difficult for Abby to break through Merrideth’s emotional wall. The girl has been closed down ever since her parents’ divorce, especially since she was forced to move to the dilapidated old house that her mom inherited. But when her dad sends her a top-of-the-line computer to make up for it, Abby and Merrideth discover a crazy program that invites them to “Take a Virtual Tour” of houses around the world— including Merrideth’s.

It’s a tour all right... a tour of the past when the house was new and a girl named Charlotte Miles lived there. It’s like being there, only better. They know Charlotte’s thoughts and feelings. They experience her joys and frustrations as she courageously takes on a huge challenge, risking her life for others while her father is off fighting in the Civil War.

Watching from a distance, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives, their faith strengthened as time and again they see God’s loving hand in Charlotte’s life.

“What really made the story unique was how she brought the past to life via a computer program. While this book is geared toward teens, I think that anyone who enjoys 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.”
--Brenda Casto, Amazon reviewer

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I recommend this book for both young and old! Great story that incorporated history into current reality for young people. The book was an easy read and kept me interested until the end. Great start to a series! It was also a nice change to actually receive a hard copy of the book. Electronic books are great but just don't replace the feel of an actual book in your hands.more
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. Ms. Heal 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.Note: I would like to thank Deborah Heal for this lovely copy of her book, and to Review the Book.com for the opportunity to review it.more
I love a read that has me thinking about it long after I've finished reading it. That is exactly what Deborah Heal's book, Time and Again did.Abby is a college student who takes a job as a tutor and finds a troubled child, a challenge, and a strange computer program. Before either one realizes it, they are actually in the 1800s in the same house they are living in watching the mysteries unfold. I'm not one to give spoilers, so I'll stop there.Ms. Heal's writing is entertaining. I will admit that it seemed a little slow at first, but despite that I couldn't put it down. There was something in the way it was written that kept me hooked. It was an easy read but one that hooked me early on. I couldn't put my finger on it until a day later when I realized that it was the characters and the history that did me in.I loved Abby. She was real. She was not what the writer wanted to make as ideal or anything like that. Abby is a real college girl who is on her own and having to rely on her Christian upbringing to help her through the tough times she is now facing. The child, Merrideth, is a tough cookie but not too tough. She is so true to character. She is not over the top in either direction. I wanted to spank her and hug her at the same time. She was a brat and a half but so full of hurt. Abby used the perfect methods to reach her.I can't forget to mention the history part of this. Ms. Heal pulls a ton of history into the story which really appealed to me. She uses history to teach lessons and explore the world around them. I honestly can't say too much without giving it away. You have to read the book to see what this amazing computer program does to take them back in time, literally.If you like history, feel-good books, and Christian fiction, this is the book for you. Even if you just like one of these, give it a try. Ms. Heal's book is a must-read.Note: This book was provided as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.more
I highly recommend this book for young people, but adults will enjoy it, too. It is well-written, with good moral lessons. The story flows and really will hold your interest. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next! Particularly interesting is how the past and the present are woven together to bring history to life and to make the story complete.more
Well, Time and Again is one of those novels that, when you start it, you really do not know what to expect and what you get is so much more than you could have ever imagined. I am relatively new to the genres of historical fiction and Christian fiction and I don’t always know what I am getting myself into. I sat down to read this book and honestly, I was worried that I would not like it, but I was more than pleasantly surprised, for sure.Deborah Heal writes well-rounded, realistic characters that you can really relate to. Merrideth’s family struggles are something I could understand, as well as Abby’s desire to help. The plot was well played out, although admittedly, there are a couple (I think literally, there were 2 or 3) of perspective-shifts that were a little rough until you realized what happened and where you were in the story.‘Once you were able to adjust to that, though, there were no problems at all with the flow of the story and I enjoyed every word that I read. I was able to read this book in just a couple of sittings, unable to walk away and having to know what happened.I am anxious to see what happens with the characters and how the story develops further. If you are a fan of historical or Christian fiction and want to read a good, wholesome book that will make you think, then this is the story for you.more
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!more
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.more
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.more
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I recommend this book for both young and old! Great story that incorporated history into current reality for young people. The book was an easy read and kept me interested until the end. Great start to a series! It was also a nice change to actually receive a hard copy of the book. Electronic books are great but just don't replace the feel of an actual book in your hands.more
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. Ms. Heal 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.Note: I would like to thank Deborah Heal for this lovely copy of her book, and to Review the Book.com for the opportunity to review it.more
I love a read that has me thinking about it long after I've finished reading it. That is exactly what Deborah Heal's book, Time and Again did.Abby is a college student who takes a job as a tutor and finds a troubled child, a challenge, and a strange computer program. Before either one realizes it, they are actually in the 1800s in the same house they are living in watching the mysteries unfold. I'm not one to give spoilers, so I'll stop there.Ms. Heal's writing is entertaining. I will admit that it seemed a little slow at first, but despite that I couldn't put it down. There was something in the way it was written that kept me hooked. It was an easy read but one that hooked me early on. I couldn't put my finger on it until a day later when I realized that it was the characters and the history that did me in.I loved Abby. She was real. She was not what the writer wanted to make as ideal or anything like that. Abby is a real college girl who is on her own and having to rely on her Christian upbringing to help her through the tough times she is now facing. The child, Merrideth, is a tough cookie but not too tough. She is so true to character. She is not over the top in either direction. I wanted to spank her and hug her at the same time. She was a brat and a half but so full of hurt. Abby used the perfect methods to reach her.I can't forget to mention the history part of this. Ms. Heal pulls a ton of history into the story which really appealed to me. She uses history to teach lessons and explore the world around them. I honestly can't say too much without giving it away. You have to read the book to see what this amazing computer program does to take them back in time, literally.If you like history, feel-good books, and Christian fiction, this is the book for you. Even if you just like one of these, give it a try. Ms. Heal's book is a must-read.Note: This book was provided as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.more
I highly recommend this book for young people, but adults will enjoy it, too. It is well-written, with good moral lessons. The story flows and really will hold your interest. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next! Particularly interesting is how the past and the present are woven together to bring history to life and to make the story complete.more
Well, Time and Again is one of those novels that, when you start it, you really do not know what to expect and what you get is so much more than you could have ever imagined. I am relatively new to the genres of historical fiction and Christian fiction and I don’t always know what I am getting myself into. I sat down to read this book and honestly, I was worried that I would not like it, but I was more than pleasantly surprised, for sure.Deborah Heal writes well-rounded, realistic characters that you can really relate to. Merrideth’s family struggles are something I could understand, as well as Abby’s desire to help. The plot was well played out, although admittedly, there are a couple (I think literally, there were 2 or 3) of perspective-shifts that were a little rough until you realized what happened and where you were in the story.‘Once you were able to adjust to that, though, there were no problems at all with the flow of the story and I enjoyed every word that I read. I was able to read this book in just a couple of sittings, unable to walk away and having to know what happened.I am anxious to see what happens with the characters and how the story develops further. If you are a fan of historical or Christian fiction and want to read a good, wholesome book that will make you think, then this is the story for you.more
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!more
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.more
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.more
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