Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Time and Again Review



Title:  Time and Again:  Charlotte of Miles Station
Author:  Deborah Heal                                                                                                                    
Pages:  256
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tate Publishing
When is the last time you sat and listened to a story from the past told by someone who was close to that generation?  Perhaps you heard a story that has been passed down through generations?  Why do you think Jesus spoke in parables?  A parable is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson according to The American Heritage New Dictionary.  Stories can take many forms and convey truths, lessons learned, and more.
Did you ever like history?  When I was growing up sitting in a classroom, I can’t say I was the most attentive student, not even close.  Through the years though an interest in history has taken root in my heart, and it is one of my favorite genres in literature.  Historical fiction captures the imagination of the reader, takes them back in history to a specific time, place, or event.
                I had contacted the author about another novel she had written, and it was then I learned that it was a sequel.  The novel Time and Again is the first book followed by Unclaimed Legacy, both by the same author.  I wasn’t sure, having never read this particular author’s writing, what I was going to find.  Thankfully, I usually don’t compare authors with each other, but try to appreciate each individual’s gift of telling a story.
                Deborah Heal writes a fascinating tale that includes the elements of time travel, understanding we don’t always know the deeper issues of one’s heart, and treasure of history.  A couple of characters in the story learn how to understand who they are as God made them.  Abby is spending a summer tutoring a young girl who is behind in her studies.  The setting is Alton, Illinois, in a dilapidated old home.  History is about to come alive as both student and teacher learn more than they set out to.
                Abby is struggling with her faith and learns the hard way how to share the hope she has in Christ with a troubled teenager.  John is from the area.  He owns a local small business and attends college.  Pat is a single mother who is trying to earn a living for her and her daughter in a new area because of her husband’s recently discovered problems.  Kate, Abby’s best friend, uses her summer vacation to visit England.  As Abby begins to learn about her student, the area and neighbors, a deeper adventure for both student and teacher is revealed.
                It is true that one cannot judge a book by its cover, author, and sometimes publisher.  The adventure begins for the reader the moment the pages are read and the imagination is engaged.  I loved this book because it slowly peeled back the deeper mystery enclosed in the folds of a fictional novel based on true historical data.  More than I can convey in this review, I think it would be a mistake to not read Time and Again by Deborah Heal.  Can you even imagine how an author takes time travel, Abraham Lincoln, troubled kids, faith and more to weave such an awesome yarn?  Pick up a copy, relax, and let your imagination enjoy Time and Again.
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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