Visiting another century.... not the summer vacation she had planned.
Those who have read Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy know that Abby Thomas is a college student on a summer service project with 11-year-old Merri. And they know that the summer is not going the way Abby had expected - but in a good way. For one thing, she meets a very nice guy named John Roberts. And for another, she discovers a strange computer program called Beautiful House that lets her fast-forward and rewind life. Not her own, of course, but those of the people who lived in Merri's old house. And the Old Dears' old house, and... well, any old house.
And since the program worked so well for the Old Dears' family tree project, Abby's college roommate Kate hopes it will help her find out more about her ancestor Ned Greenfield. And Kate's fiance Ryan thinks the program has lucrative commercial potential.
Abby and John reluctantly agree to help Kate, but only on the condition that she and Ryan promise to keep the program a secret, because if it fell into the wrong hands... well, no one wants Big Brother invading their privacy.
The two couples take a trip to the tiny town of Equality, set in the hills of southern Illinois and the breath-taking Shawnee National Forest. According to Kate's research, Ned Greenfield was born there at a place called Hickory Hill.
The mayor, police chief, and townspeople are hospitable and helpful - until the topic of Hickory Hill comes up. They seem determined to keep them away, telling them, "There's nothing there for you to see."
Eventually they find Hickory Hill on their own - both the mansion and the lonely hill it sits upon. Built in 1834, Hickory Hill stands sentinel over Half Moon Salt Mine where the original owner John Granger accumulated his blood-tainted fortune.
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Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It is another great addition to the series, but would be a fun read if even if you haven't listened to or read the other books. It is an interesting mix of historical and present time, and there is plenty of drama to keep you intrigued (haha this series is turning into a not-so-guilty pleasure). It might be a little cheesy, but its loveable and there is lots of laughs, outrage, and every emotion in between.
John continues to impress me in every book. He is witty, kind, smart, and his head and heart are always in the right place.
Michelle Babb did a great voice for Patty Ann! She sounded just like the sweet southern belle a salt queen should be. All of the voices, and the emotions that came through them, were done quite well in the book- hard to pick just one.
I would use the same tagline as the book: "An old house. A new computer. A visit to another century." Of course, that might be why I didn't pursue a career in the marketing or movie industry...
Again, this was a great book. It is a neat way to blend past and present and I really like the additional information available on the author's website. The book draws you in as you listen in two ways: the plot and the emotional connection in the character voices. You can tell that the narrator understands what exactly is happening and who the characters are, and speaks each line with the emotion the character is feeling.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
Every Hill and Mountain, third in the History Mystery series by Deborah Heal is a delightful book, sure to please history buffs! Although this story could be a stand alone, reading the previous two books in the series will fill in the background. The techno-time travel via a somewhat quirky computer program is certainly a unique way to see the past and Abby and John are on their way to solve another mystery. This time, it is to help Abby's college roommate trace her geneology back to the 1800s. Once again the setting is Ilinois and the friends travel from small town Equality to Chi-town, Chicago with John's computer being the gateway to travel back in time. Every HIll and Mountain is a little darker story in that it explores the horrors of slavery--the use of slaves to run the Salt mines of Illinois, despite it being a "free state" and the heartbreaking tragedies that befell the slaves during that era. Informative history, a little romance, Christian values, a twist or two to the plot and Deborah Heal delivers a fun book for readers, young and old alike! Michelle Babb does a great job of narration, bringing back the voices of Abby, Merri, and John and adding in the new characters with their own personalities.
I am a disabled Medical Technologist who uses books and audio books as a diversion from the pain of Fibromyalgia. I'm happy to review.
I was given this audio book free in exchange for an honest review. I'm still in love with the concept behind this series by Deborah Heal. It involves a sort of time travel through a computer program. The characters don't go back in time physically, but they are able to watch what happened and feel what the people in the past feel and are aware of their thoughts.
In this book, Abby is trying to help her roommate, Kate, with her research into her family's past.They use the computer program to go back to the time when the underground railroad was active in the state of Illinois. They discover some very surprising and disturbing things. There are other side stories going on in the relationships between Abby and John, and between Kate and her fiance, Ryan.
I totally loved this series and am rather sad that it has ended. The series is a Christian mystery/romance.
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
Yes, I found it to be the kind of book that leaves you wanting for more.At the end I was disappointed that the author had Merri grow up so quickly. I enjoyed the narrator's different voices for each of the characters. They drew you into the story!
Mainly when Ryan stole the computer because there was so much to lose.
The different voices in the story, she made you feel that each character had a personality all of their own!
When Ryan texted Kate and told her why they weren't going to have any children. Also, at the end with ("John's lucky penny.")
As I said earlier, I really wish the author hadn't had Merri grow up so fast. I think she could have spread this out.I don't think I'll buy the next books in the series ....
Norwegian in a English world!
Sp Every Hill and Mountain: Book 3 in the History Mystery Series is the last book in this series. I feel there could be more stories for Deborah Heal to look into, but i am not sure she will return or not. I feel like Deborah Heal should maybe should make more books in this series, but i understand if she will not. This is the best book so i feel kind of sad that we are leaving this behind! I wanted to give this full score, but i am not sure i can because i still feel like there is something missing!
What is not missing is Michelle Babb, and she again does a more then perfect job. I am not sure if Michelle Babb could do better. i am sure she can, but what with? 7 hrs and 4 mins are fantastic with her! Her voice will be missed now that i don't have more books in this series with her voice.
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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The continuing saga of historical fiction thru "time surfing." There is mystery, romance, and edge of the seat drama. A very good listen.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed. Thank you, Michelle Babb for another fine performance!!!
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