It's like being there... only you can fast-forward and rewind.
"I call it time-surfing," Abby said. "It's like being there, except no one can see or hear us."
"Whatever you call it," John said, "that was crazy - what we just did. Beyond realistic. I mean, I was in that guy's head and knew everything he was thinking."
Abby's weird computer program is working again. And it comes in handy when she and her friends agree to help the Old Dears with their family tree.
Except Abby and John learn more about one of the ladies' ancestors than they ever wanted to know. Convicted in 1871 of murder and arson, Reuben Buchanan is a blight on the family's reputation. But was he really guilty? Abby and John must get inside the mind of a murderer to find out.
And while they're rummaging around in the Old Dears' family history, they also find Nathan Buchanan, a heroic relative connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition - and a legacy waiting to be reclaimed. But the most important discovery they make is that God's promise to bless a thousand generations is true.
©2012 Deborah Heal (P)2014 Deborah Heal
Fantastic historical thriller
John and Abby are always favorites, but I loved the "old dears" and the characters from time-surfing. They add such depth and interest to the story.
Yes, I listened to Time and Again, the first book in this series. She did great on that book and did even better this time! Her voice is very easy to listen to and she does wonderful voices for each character.
Um, John of course! He's an upstanding guy.
As I said before, I loved this sequel. The time-surfing was great and had plenty of twists! I always like the historical aspect of the books and the story line was good, demonstrating great character development. This book kept my interest with the help of the different voices and the surprises throughout. Hats off to the author and narrator, another job well done!
When Abby and Merri agree to housesit, they find themselves using their odd time surfacing computer program, Beautiful Houses, to help their neighbors the ‘Old Dears’ with their family tree. They soon unearth a secret that the elderly twins have kept from each other for several decades as well as the truth behind a ‘bad apple’ on their family tree.
The ‘Old Dears’ believe that Reuben Buchanan was a murder and an arsonist and there’s no way he was getting an apple on their family tree project. Although things are not always what they seem and soon Abby, Merri, and John find themselves in a crumbling stage coach inn called Shake Rag Corner looking into the life of a possible murder and discovers a trail that leads them straight to Lewis and Clark.
Okay, so I struggled a bit with this one. While it was a great read, it sort of felt that some parts were a bit draggy, I think it was because the author was trying to squeeze so much information into parts of the book rather than just slowly revealing them that it made it bogged down. Thankfully, that cleared up 1/3 way into the book.
I found I really enjoyed the characters more in this book. There’s been a lot of growth with Abby and Merri. Both are so much more likable in this book then they were in the last. They have both changed for the better and I really enjoyed seeing a more mature, accepting version of them both.
Merri’s dealing with some tougher issues in this book regarding her father so it was nice to see the ‘Old Dears’ acting as grandmother’s to her. With her mother working so much and the problems with her father, the only person she has is Abby, so I liked that she has other people to shower her with attention and affection.
Abby and John finally start their relationship. It’s a very, very slow start. Abby wants more and John seems to be taking a step forward then two steps back, which occasionally became annoying. It was a nice build up but I found myself wanting to yell at him to just kiss her.
The time travel aspect is still the same in this book. It’s not actual time travel where the characters go back in time. It’s referred to in the book as ‘time surfacing’ and it actually takes place on a computer. So it’s actually more like watching a movie. Abby and Merri are starting to learn more about the program and how it operates and were thrilled to discover that you can use it in different places. They’ve also let John in their time surfacing.
Where book one was more about learning about the people from the past, this one has a bit of a mystery to it. Abby and Marri are searching for answers about what happened with Rueben and they end up stumbling over some unexpected finds.
So, while this book is geared more so for young adults, it has some heavier issues in it although I found them to be nicely handled.
This is the second book the History Mysteries series. Like the first, it doesn’t really fit into a genre. It’s a nice mix of contemporary, historical, mystery, coming of age, romance, time travel (sort of), and inspirational. Even though that combination sounds like a jumble, it actually works.
Michelle Babb does an amazing job at bringing each character life. She’s such a delight to listen to.
Overall, once the pacing problem evened out, I enjoyed this one. The mystery was interesting as was the other discoveries made.
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book as much as the first one. I am so in love with the basic concept. It is a time travel book, but the main characters are just observers of the other times, they aren't physically transported. It all happens through a computer program.
The main characters are Abby and Merri, tutor and student. John also plays a bigger role in this book than in the first. He is the romantic interest of Abby and he's also now their fellow "Time Surfer".
Two of the new characters in this book are twin ladies in their eighties. They are really something! Listening to this book is worth it, just to get to know these old gals. They are working on a family tree and run across an ancestor who has been scratched out of the family Bible. Abby, Merri and John are determined to find out what happened to him. The time surfing unveils many troublesome instances and some gruesome things, but this is still a Christian book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and the narration.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
Unclaimed Legacy, second in the History Mystery series by Deborah Heal, is as good as the first. The techno-time travel via a somewhat quirky computer program is certainly a unique way to see the past. Once again pre-teen Merri and her summer tutor, Abby are off to solve the mystery of an old house. Their neighbors are a delightful pair of 85-year old twins, dubbed 'The Old Dears' and they have skeletons in their closet that Abby, Merri and John are set to rattle. Can the truth be found? Was The Old Dears ancestor really a murderer? Will Abby and John finally declare their affection for each other? They danced around their relationship in the first book, Time and Again. Michelle Babb does a great job of narration, bringing back the voices of Abby and Merri and adding in the new characters with their own personalities. Sisters, secrets and summer fun mixed with Christian values all make for a great page-turning story.
I found Unclaimed Legacy: Book 2 in the History Mystery Series by Deborah Heal to be a mixed bag. Like the first book in the series, which I also read, this one's genre is almost impossible to pinpoint; it falls into so many: Christian, fantasy, a bit of romance and then a much darker genre. This book took me by surprise by having a very dark subplot with violent scenes and a very evil character--and this was not a pleasant surprise. I found these parts of the book to be very unsettling and upsetting--and they definitely colored my overall impression of the book, which is reflected by the number of stars I give it: 2 1/2.
I appreciate that the relationship between Abby and Merri continues to grow and deepen. Since poor Merri has been virtually abandoned, either emotionally or physically, by her parents, this makes perfect sense. I do wonder about what will happen to her when Abby goes back to school. Merri is far more likable in this book. She is funny, smart and frequently astute. The way she bonds with the Dear Ones, temporary neighbors and grandmothers, underscores the way she yearns for family. The growth in the relationship between Abby and John is also well written and makes sense. I got a real kick out of the "star" system that Abby uses to rate John as future husband material. It's a fun touch and perfectly in keeping with her young age.
This book has strong, recurrent Christian themes; much more than the first in the book. Sometimes it almost borders on preaching. I think may be this is one of the reasons why I was taken so off guard by the darkness and violence in other parts of the book.
Michelle Babb continues to do an excellent job with the narrative. The characters from the previous books sound like themselves and the new characters have new and distinct voices.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are solely my own.
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
The plot it was very unique. Oh, I know there are other time travelers books out there but not one with this storyline. I liked the whole "Beautiful Houses" thing and that it would shut at certain times!
The way Merri and Abby's characters developed and how they drew closer, and of course the time travel aspect!
Yes, I think I enjoyed this book better. To me, Michelle seems have really developed with her narration of the characters. Maybe it's me, but she did a lovely job with Abby, Merri, and the others.You felt as if you were in their livingroom watching them. I finished the book feeling as if I know Abby,(for me that is as great characteristic of a good narrator!)
I can only give you some movies that I can compare this to. The Lake House, and The Love Letter. Great movies!
Loved the book, read it in one night. I hope the author can keep the books coming with the same type of storyline, but without being redundant, ( I know is ridiculously hard thing to do, and to keep the same narrator.) For those of us who immersion read please make sure to have your books Whispersync ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a great read. 😀 I just wanted to say that if I don't put a lot of the story into my review it's because I don't want to give too much away. I hate Plot Spoilers! I figure that readers that see this will already have read a synopsis of what the book is about.
This is a really nice follow up to Time & Again. I like that this series seems to be covering just the span of one summer for Abby, Meri, and John. I also enjoy the fact that the series has an over-arching plot about the developing bonds between the main characters, but each book deals with its own self-contained history-mystery. Narrator Michelle Babb does an excellent job. I can tell there is consistency in the way she does the characters that carried over from time and again, and she gives fun personality to the new characters who show up in this book, especially the Old Dears : )
This book is set during the same summer, but the crew goes to house sit for John's cousin, so the story takes place in the same area, but you get new characters and a new setting. I would consider it kind of a cozy mystery, suitable for a wide age range of readers. There is a very sweet developing romance between Abby and John, and both approach the relationship with Christian morals and values. Each character has some points where they talk about having physical feelings and attraction toward one another, but the importance of treating each other with respect, and exercising self-control. The mystery is enjoyable, although not terribly action-packed. Most of solving the mystery revolves around doing a little research and a lot of time surfing in the right places.
I look forward to continuing on in the series, and seeing how the characters continue to bond together. And, based on the last few lines of the book, what mystery they get into next!
Norwegian in a English world!
I liked the last book don't get me wrong. This was just better. Unclaimed Legacy: Book 2 in the History Mystery Series by Deborah Heal is better. That being said, this book is not perfect at all. Merrideth is better, but i still don't like her at all. Maybe i have to forget how i hated her in book 1, but i really cant. Merrideth is still a spoiled rat! So you should read book 1 first, you should. Really.
Michelle Babb is also better, not only that, i like her voice works feel more complete in this book then the last. It feels almost not possible to do better, i love that she does. 7 hrs and 3 mins is longer then last book, so i maybe more of Michelle Babb just is that: Better!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com
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This is the next in a historical fiction series about time surfing. I totallly loved this book.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed. Michelle Babb rocked this audio book!!!
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