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Unclaimed Legacy

Book 2 in the History Mystery Series
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Series: History Mystery, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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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

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Very good sequel

Would you consider the audio edition of Unclaimed Legacy to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version but the audio version was very good

Who was your favorite character and why?

The elderly twins (Old Dears) were so much fun!

What does Michelle Babb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I always enjoy Michelle Babb's narrations.

Any additional comments?

There were so many things I enjoyed about this story. The history, lessons, relationships and all the mystery made for a great listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Loved the sequel!

If you could sum up Unclaimed Legacy in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic historical thriller

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you could take any character from Unclaimed Legacy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Um, John of course! He's an upstanding guy.

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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!

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Abby and Merideth have developed a much better relationship the second time around as Abby continues to help Merideth grow spiritually and academically.

For some reason the computer program is having the fits and they are unable to go on their adventures when they try to include John in their time surfing experience. Which is just as well because John thinks Abby is off her rocker. John’s cousin Lucy offers to help young Michael with his speech impediment and when they go to Lucy’s house she asks Abby and Merideth to house sit while she’s away for work. As they are house sitting the computer program starts coming to life again and John is able to see for himself that the girls aren’t crazy after all and is very willing to solve the mystery of the bad mark in the family tree of the twins who live next door to Lucy’s house.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Michelle Babb does an awesome job of bringing all the characters to life and unique characteristics to how each one sounds.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review!

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 07-16-19

Book 2 Fun series

Book 2 in this fun series. Abby and Merri are on another adventure. John and Abby are till finding out what their relationship is friends? Or more. I read in on review that this series is not really a Christian novel. Well for me and I am a Christian, I like not being hit over the head or slammed into a wall with theology. This has just enough for you to know what the characters believe. You get to see how a Christian should relate toward others. On to book 3.

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Lovely, gentle historical mystery

Abby Thomas and her tutoring student, 11-year-old Merri, are frustrated that the delightful if improbable computer program, Beautiful Homes, is currently working only in its obvious, plausible way. Only an ordinary real estate program showcasing beautiful homes in the present, alas. No tours of past lives currently available. But Merri has warmed up to Abby quite a bit, and is making real progress on her school work. In addition, Abby's friendship with John Roberts is also heating up.At least until she tells him about the advanced features of Beautiful Homes, which does make him wonder if she's crazy. But friends they remain, and he introduces her to speech therapist Lucy, who is looking for a sitter for her house and her dog, Dr. Bob, while she attends a professional conference. And Lucy, in turn, introduces her to her neighbors, elderly twins Eulah and Beulah, living in the identical house next door.

Eulah and Beulah are researching their family genealogy, and while they've got a lot on their mother's side, the Smith family, they have very little on their father's side, the Edwards family. It's pretty much a dead stop with their grandfather, and the only living relative on that side is their cousin Priscilla, who is now in hospice care.

Abby offers her research skills, which gets them a little further, but of course, the real bonus is that, in Lucy's house and in the twins' identical house next door, the Beautiful Homes program is working again. They can't see any more about Charlotte's life in Lincoln's time. They can, however, see crucial past lives of the Edwards family--most crucially, as it turns out, the Buchanan family.

It's a fascinating story, a chance to right an historical wrong, and give Eulah and Beulah something they've always wanted.

The Beautiful Homes program and its ability to show past lives, rather capriciously, of course doesn't make any sense. No explanation, either magical or science-fictional, is attempted. I recommend not worrying about it. Just run with it. Really. It's a lot of fun, and these re good people being good to each other, with just enough tension and risk to keep it interesting. I'm growing to love this series.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Wonderful

Loved listening to this audio series. The narrator makes the book come alive. You feel like you are going back in time with Abby and Mary.

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Great Sequel

Abby Thomas and her 11-year-old tutee, Merri, have warmed up to the charming and nice looking John Roberts. For Abby, John's only major flaw is he thinks she's crazy. John does not believe that Abby and Merri can time surf with the Beautiful House program on their computer. John’s friend tries repairing the program but it doesn’t seem to have worked but while he was there he put the program on John’s laptop. While Abby and Merri are house-sitting for a relative of John's they find out the program only quit working in their house. Much to John’s surprise he too gets sucked into learning the truth about the history of the owners of a particular house.

Wow! I really enjoyed the first book but this one was even better. Abby, Merri, and John’s characters are so realistic and have grown a lot just with one book. The 2 new characters the “Old Dears” are also really fun and interesting characters. I really loved learning about their ancestors right along with them. This is a very interesting storyline that is perfect for a young adult who enjoys historical mysteries.

Narrator Michelle Babb once again did a fabulous job of bringing Abby, Merri, John and the others to life. I could close my eyes and see the story come to life. Mrs. Babb is a delight to listen to and is one of my favorite narrators.

I voluntarily agreed to listen to this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

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Even better than the first book

What did you like best about this story?

I love history and think it would be neat to be able to go back and see what was meant for us to see.

Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and this narrator is one of my favorites. No matter what book she is narrating she always brings their story/character alive.

Who was the most memorable character of Unclaimed Legacy and why?

I loved how the twins finally found family.

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Traveling in history

If you could sum up Unclaimed Legacy in three words, what would they be?

fun, interesting, informative

What other book might you compare Unclaimed Legacy to and why?

Not one I have read before, but maybe a time travel!

Which scene was your favorite?

The stage couch stop they keep visiting

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The characters wanted to right a wrong committed in the past

Any additional comments?

I enjoy listening to the narrator tell the story of all the characters, she brings them to life!

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light romance with some history.

nice beach read. light history with a little romance thrown into the mix. 👆👆

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  • Jan M
  • 08-15-19

History Mystery Book 2

I really enjoyed Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal. The history mystery aspect of the story was very enjoyable to me. I liked how the author brought the story to present day with the program Beautiful Homes. The imagery was well done. Michelle Babb was wonderful bringing the characters to life with her voice. I could hear exactly whom was speaking. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen. I received this review copy audiobook upon my request, and have voluntarily written this review. I will listen to more books by this author and narrator,