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. Not 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 there’s the new computer program Beautiful Houses—also too amazing to be real. No one knows how it works, but with it she can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including Charlotte Miles.
In 1858, the house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And Charlotte is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she’ll ever get to have any fun. And 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 it inspires Charlotte to take up the cause of abolition.
A stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. A stop on the Underground Railroad.
Watching the house’s history unfold, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God’s loving hand in the lives of its inhabitants.
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About the Author
Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again “history mystery” trilogy and the Rewinding Time Series, which have been described as “Back to tfhe Future meets virtual reality with a dash of Seventh Heaven thrown in,” was born not far from the Old Slave House mentioned in 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 where the pioneers of her novel Once Again struggled to survive amidst Indian attacks. 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 has a special connection to her latest novel Only One Way Home. Unlike the characters in it who were forced to walk the Trail of Tears, her great, great grandmother’s Cherokee family remained safely in North Carolina.
Deborah loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website and her Facebook author page.
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