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Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. It’s not her idea of 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 then there’s the virtual trip to the 19th century she gets to take via a strange computer program called Beautiful Houses—also too amazing to be real! No one knows how it works, but with the program, Abby can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including that of young Charlotte Miles.
In 1858, Charlotte’s house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And she is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she’ll ever get to have any fun. But 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 leads to his presidency during the dark days of the Civil War. Hearing Abraham Lincoln pour out his heart on the debate stage inspires Charlotte Miles to take up the cause of abolition and to turn her house into a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Abby and Merrideth gain new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God’s plans to bless Charlotte Miles and the other inhabitants of the old house unfold on their computer screen.
What Readers Are Saying…
“Loved this book!!! I read the whole first series very fast because I could not put the books down. I love history so a computer program that takes you “virtually” back in time was a hook for me! I normally just read historical fiction, but this contemporary novel caught my interest and has kept it through the entire series, as into the Rewinding Time series.” (Candace E. Winegar)
“Anytime an author takes research seriously, I fall in love! I will be getting the next part of the trilogy soon. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” (Stacy Wilson)
“When I first purchased the book I thought the characters would time travel back, but instead the way it was done was even better.” (Gloria Baikauskas)
“Most enjoyable read. Got me ready for seconds and thirds. So do yourself a favor and buy the set.”
“A great spin on time travel, or time surfing I should say. I couldn’t put it down. Characters are believable and there were no annoying editing issues. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!” (Maralynda Kernutton)
“Excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a mixture of everything I enjoy reading about: God, history, mystery, time travel.”
“I was looking for a ‘Christian’ Science Fiction story and found it: Time and Again.I liked it a lot; then I read all six books in two weeks.The story has Christianity, Science Fiction, History, Humor, and Humanity.” (Byron Faulder)
“What a fun and interesting read! You’ll want to get all three books, without a doubt. Deborah Heal has the expertise to make you want to know more about our history and to give her characters personality! I look forward to reading her other series.” (Oma T.)
“They are so different from most other books I have read. I loved the step back in history. So well written. I will certainly purchase more by this author.”
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Charlotte grew up in New York and was always been fascinated by the penny novels about the wild west. She sacrificed a great deal for her family after her father’s death and wanted to take a chance to find love out west before it was too late. Charlotte wrote her former teacher for advice since she herself moved to Montana after answering a mail order bride advertisement.
Leah played matchmaker, but the initial letters between Charlotte and Frank were quite intense due to Frank’s critical side. He is the owner of the Billings, Montana newspaper and they have a similar love for writing. Charlotte has a secret identity in Albany and this gets explored in the novella.
Charlotte had strong doubts about his character due to Frank’s biting and cutting remarks about her brother. But, she takes a chance and moves out west. Can Frank accept being with a caring, but also strong woman? Will his grumpy and argumentative traits make it impossible for him to be in a loving relationship? Is Charlotte able to get past his cantankerous persona and see his true heart?
This is a 36,000 word stand-alone novella and can be read independently, but is also book four in the series. Note that Mail Order Bride Leah, Mail Order Bride Tess, Mail Order Bride Felicity and Mail Order Bride Verity are all available at Amazon. Each book is a clean romance without a cliffhanger. The second series begins with Martha’s Story and is an Amish love journey. If you belong to Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime you can read these books for free and each can be read by itself as an independent novella.