Time and Again
Abby thinks tutoring an “an economically disadvantaged adolescent” as her college service project for the summer will be a snap.Merrideth, her sullen 11-year-old student, thinks ”No thanks, I don’t need a babysitter.”
John thinks Abby’s kidding when she tells him she can fast-forward and rewind life. Not her own, of course, but that of the girl who lived in Merrideth’s house 160 years ago.
It’s difficult for Abby to break through Merrideth’s emotional wall. The girl has been closed down ever since her parents’ divorce, especially since she was forced to move to the dilapidated old house that her mom inherited. But when her dad sends her a top-of-the-line computer to make up for it, Abby and Merrideth discover a crazy program that invites them to “Take a Virtual Tour” of houses around the world– including Merrideth’s.
It’s a tour all right… a tour of the past when the house was new and a girl named Charlotte Miles lived there. It’s like being there, only better. They know Charlotte’s thoughts and feelings. They experience her joys and frustrations as she courageously takes on a huge challenge, risking her life for others while her father is off fighting in the Civil War.
Watching from a distance, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives, their faith strengthened as time and again they see God’s loving hand in Charlotte’s life.
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About the Author
Deborah Heal is the author of the young adult series Time and Again, which has been described as “‘Back to the Future’ meets virtual reality with a dash of ‘Seventh Heaven’ thrown in.” Today she lives in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. But for many years she lived not far from Miles Station, the setting of Time and Again. She was born not far from the setting of Every Hill and Mountain. Deborah Heal is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob).
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