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.
Targeted Age Group:
teens and adults
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t wait eighteen years for some publisher to buy your story. That’s what happened with my first book Time and Again. I grew discouraged with the continual rejection and stopped writing. But today, having studied the publishing industry, I realize that the rejections were not necessarily a reflection of my talent. By all means try to get your manuscript published by the brand-name publishers. (Do your homework so you’ll know the proper way to go about this.) But don’t let rejection shut you down. Today you don’t have to keep waiting around for someone to recognize your story’s worth. Self-publish it! (Do your homework so you’ll know the proper way to go about this.)
And once your book is out, write another one, and then another one. The more books you have out there, the more likely you are to be found by readers. Don’t grow discouraged if your books aren’t over night commercial successes. Consider each one an opportunity to grow as a writer and as a promoter. (Do your homework so you’ll know the proper way to go about this.)
Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again time travel mystery series, which has been described as “Back to the Future meets virtual reality with a dash of Seventh Heaven thrown in.” She 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 Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, three grandchildren, 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 www.deborahheal.com and her Facebook author page www.facebook.com/DeborahHeal.