Time and Again: Book 1 in the History Mystery Series
Time and Again (book 1) An old house + A new computer program =The travel opportunity of a lifetime ...to another century. The People 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. The House 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. Keywords: slavery, underground railroad, Abraham Lincoln, time travel
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 264 pages
11 months ago
Good premise; poor execution. I wanted to like this book; really. I love time travel stories. However, this one fell flat, more for the writing than the story. Everything felt truncated and scenes which should have taken at least a page or two were glossed over in 2 or 3 sentences. It also felt like parts of the story were edited out in mid paragraph. I only finished it because I kept hoping it would improve. I understand the difficulty in producing a novel, and completely sympathize with the process of describing things in a way that puts your reader in the story. I applaud the author's efforts, but perhaps she should consider revising and fleshing things out quite a bit more.