An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a lifetime...to another century.
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.
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.
©2013 Deborah Heal (P)2014 Deborah Heal
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Really interesting story with great historical references to the house where the family is living . . . took me a while to adjust to the narration, which could have been better . . . I love that the tutor that the mother hired for her daughter is a Christian and takes the time to share her faith. This is a fun listen, as well as educational. Technology, history and faith make for a unique combination and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Maybe, has interesting historical information.
Totally different than any book I've listened to before.
Image of people departing train at their home to have lunch.
Michelle Babb did a great job narrating this book. Waiting to read her next narration!!
Learning life's lessons
The characters in this book were relatable and the historical parallel made it even more interesting.
I'm normally a visual person- I usually do much better reading something than listening to it. With this book, however, I did not have that problem. Michelle Babb complemented the descriptive language perfectly and gave life to the characters. She made the book very easy to listen to and I found myself drawn in by the words she spoke and the voices she used.
Where the crossroads of many young lives intersect in ways they never could have imagined.
I really enjoyed this story- the small mysteries added intrigue to a very well written story. I loved the addition of the historical ties. Overall, great plot, great narrator, and a great message!
Listening to books helps me decide what's important when choosing a narrator for my novels.
I have to admit I've never read a book like this. Great imaginative story with the use of a computer I would love to have! Great YA book. Definitely has religious overtones which some if not many will enjoy.
I thought Michelle Babb did a great job as narrator. I have a new appreciation of not only the time but the art of being a good narrator, which is so vital to an audio book.
Yes. I will now have to get the other books in the series to see what happens.
Not really. We listened to it while driving back from vacation.
It would be at or near the top of the list.
The story and values that were within the story.
The glimpses into our history.
This is my first audiobook but I really enjoyed it. It is well read and easy to follow.
The characters are realistic.
I especially enjoyed the scene when Meridith convinces Abby that they are reliving historical events.
The stories of the runaway slaves were particularly moving,
This is an interesting way of appreciating historical events, seeing the famous characters as real and ordinary people.
History & Sci-Fi
Abby - very compassion and patient person.
Yes that would have been nice.
Michelle did a good job for keeping my attention.
I love books about time travel and am a computer buff so this book really appealed to me. It didn't realize at first that is meant to be a YA book, but I was not disappointed. I liked the characters and sympathized with both the cranky kid and the young tutor who struggled to help her by sharing glimpses of her faith along with grooming tips. Another real star of the story was the computer game which opened a window into the past life of a young woman who had lived in the house years before. It is a good story, told well by Michelle Babb. She gives the characters distinct voices so that I could always tell who was speaking and brings their emotions out so that they really come alive. If you like great drama and violence this is probably not the book for you, but for lovers of cozy mysteries, I recommend it .
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The mystery is more about the creative thought of the authoress . The mystery involves a computer program that would take the two people back to see things happening at a specific time in history . Personally, I did not find the history that much of a mystery . So I really did look forward to the end of the book . Even as I listened to the book and at times fell asleep , I did not find myself obliged to replay what I missed while dozing .
The language is clean, there is no violence involved , there is nothing objectionable for children , but the story just did not hold my attention .
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