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Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station (History Mystery #1)

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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
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 2011 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The best part of a young adult book is when they can blend a great story and a bit of a history lesson so well they you don't even realize it. That is just that Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station does by Deborah Heal in her debut novel that your middle school child will just fall in love with.

I remember all my summers when I would spend them waiting for our book mobile (that's a portable library on wheels, for you that are wondering) to arrive in our neighborhood and race there just to c
Angela Simmons
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Abby Thomas decided to become a tutor for her Summer service job, she never imagined that she would be staying in an old dilapidated house trying to teach an attitude-clad Merrideth who would rather grumble and eat junk food than actually learn. Although when Merrideth discovers that her computer program, Beautiful Houses, is more than just a game, she’s eager to use its time traveling ability and find out more about the residents of Miles Station, especially Charlotte Miles, the young lady ...more
Once upon a time I used to read a lot of Christian fiction, I don’t anymore, for various reasons and I tend now to be extremely picky in what I do read. I’m fond of speculative fiction though, especially time travel books, so when I saw a Christian novel with time travel as a theme it caught my eye, and I decided to take the risk. As I discovered on closer inspection, this novel doesn’t actually feature time travel, more of a “time observation” or as the author puts it “time surfing”. But I was ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Abby Thomas plans on being a teacher so she thinks tutoring an eleven year old girl would be the perfect summer project for college.She travels from Chicago to Miles Station to spend the summer with Merrideth, the girl whom she will be tutoring. Thing is Merrideth and her mother Pat only recently moved to Miles Station,because of divorce, inheriting an old house couldn't have come at a better time. Merrideth misses her father, and the last thing she wants is a tutor for the summer, and her attit ...more
Victoria Lynn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book quite a bit! The characters are fun, the storyline interesting, and the mystery intriguing. A great, light summer-time read. I don't remember any objectionable material.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not only was I "caught" by the first chapter, but the cover is so beautiful and inviting. Having grown up in and presently living in a house over 100 years old, and always being intruigued by their mysteries and the people that lived in them, I eagerly turned the pages for what might happen next. I loved the weaving of the local historical facts which ended up being parts of the bigger history of our country. The present day conversatons were enjoyable, current and gave me a chuckle more than on ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wish this book knew what it wanted to be when it grows up. Paranormal? Not really. Christian? Not really. Love story? Not really. The story got lost along the way with so many different genres cluttering up the mix. I would have liked to have had Charlotte introduced long before she was (halfway through the book!)and that part of the story fleshed out more. I think this writer shows promise but could use a few more editors willing to tell her the truth. I like the way her words flow nicely.... ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed "Time and Again." Even though the book is primarily geared toward teens and young adults we had trouble putting it down until we finished it. In addition to being a very good story,it contained some very interesting local historical facts. The life lessons included in the story were subtle,yet affective. We plan to keep up with this new author and can't wait for her next book. Hope it comes out soon!

Review by Chuck Peterson
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
This is a first reads win!

When this book first started out I was really put off by Merrideth being such a sullen child and her mother giving her candy to get her to do what she wanted. As the story progressed and Abby and Merrideth begin their lessons the story really grabbed my interest. I like the plot using the computer for the "ghost story". I also enjoyed the mix of history and religious values. I think preteen girls will really enjoy this story.
Marcia Dillard
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Purchased book at a local book signing. I highly recommend this book for young people, but adults will enjoy it, too. It is well-written, with good moral lessons. The story flows and really will hold your interest. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next! Particularly interesting is how the past and the present are woven together to bring history to life and to make the story complete.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My attention was captured from the first chapter. What a wonderful book for young teens on up! I found it refreshing from all the creepy, gory, mysteries that are out there about vampires and serial killers. Quite intriguing and loved how history was woven into the story. Looking forward to Deborah Heal's next book.
Michelle Khzouz
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Goodreads for the First Reads copy! I loved this book and recommend it for all readers! Beautifully written, thoughtful book that offers the reader a delightful story of friendship and unconditional love. Can't wait to read the next book!
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station
Deborah Heal

Creativity and ingenuity are two ways that educators can motivate their students. First impressions often set the tone for relationships, job interviews or first meetings. Not all jobs as you will learn are created for your enjoyment or convenience yet we hope our career choices will yield more than just a monetary reward. Educators face many stumbling blocks each day when they try to impart their knowledge to their students. Abby Thomas is
Sheila Holmes
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It has contemporary elements combined in the most unique way with time-travel and fantasy.

My frustration was that it ended for me on a resounding cliffhanger! And, while I don't mind cliffhangers terribly, because I'm always up for getting the next in a series, there WAS NO NEXT. It advertised the next one by name and even gave an official blurb, but when I went to download it online, there was no NEXT in the series. This author had a total of thr
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Abby Thomas is on her summer break from college. She has decided to do a college service project which will be tutoring eleven year old Merrideth in small community called Miles Station, Illinois. The girl and her mom Pat live in a very old two story house that is in desperate need of a makeover.

As soon as Abby meets the unkempt young Merrideth it is apparent that this will not be as easy a project she was expecting. The young girl complains about everything she is asked to do. Plus she has a r
Diane Walters
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Charming! Quaint! Clever!

Time and Again is a good, wholesome, old fashioned story with a modern twist. This charming tale touches upon many of the hard issues that kids have to face today—depression, bullying, weight issues, absentee parents, abandonment, self-esteem, and young love. It is written in such a way that these issues, which seem so momentous at first, gently blend into the background and simply melt away as the relationship between Abby and Meredith develops and they become fast frie
Rebecca Graf
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love a read that has me thinking about it long after I've finished reading it. That is exactly what Deborah Heal's book, Time and Again did.

Abby is a college student who takes a job as a tutor and finds a troubled child, a challenge, and a strange computer program. Before either one realizes it, they are actually in the 1800s in the same house they are living in watching the mysteries unfold. I'm not one to give spoilers, so I'll stop there.

Ms. Heal's writing is entertaining. I will admit that
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teachers, treasure seekers, ghost enthusiast, anyone who likes a good book!
Recommended to jgyweniverel by: Goodreads giveaway
Shelves: own-book
I highly recommend reading this book. It is not only a coming of age and awareness for both title characters, but is a reminder that life is never what it appears to be.
In the beginning, I seriously wanted to shake some common sense into Merrideth. To me she was just, I don't know how to explain it.she just existed. She didn't care about anything but TV and food. In getting to know her more and more in the book, I could understand that she was this intelligent young woman waiting to come out of
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Time and Again' by Deborah Heal is an unparalleled story of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical fiction all into on one extraordinary tale!

Abby decides to do some volunteer summer tutoring for a student during her summer break. It will give her some good experience - and perhaps a recommendation - after she completes her final year earning teaching degree at the university. Is Abby "in over her head" with this experience?

Eleven year old Merridith and her mother move away from her father and his new g
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Time and Again
Charlotte of Miles Station
By Deborah Heal

Abby Thomas' required service project is volunteering as a "companion and tutor to an economically disadvantaged adolescent." Abby's assignment is Merrideth an eleven year old girl with major issues in her life. Dealing with a major move and her parents divorce has caused Merrideth to become withdrawn and her school grades have suffered.

But motivating Merrideth to take an interest in school work during summer break may prove to be a more da
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Well technically, I won the sequel in the giveaway, but the author, Deborah Heal, was kind enough to message me and ask if I would prefer the first novel in the series, which I did.

Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station is a charming little story, perhaps aimed most specifically at teenagers (perhaps younger teenagers; I was quite an advanced reader so my deduction may be a li
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station by Deborah Heal
Time and Again Series Book 1
Abby Thomas needed to choose a summer service project. With teaching in her future she chose to tutor a young girl for the summer. Her excitement was not met in the same way. Young Merredith didn’t seem to care about anything. She didn’t take care of herself and Abby allowed her physical appearance and bad attitude to rule her opinion of Merredith as well. As Abby gets to know the girl she sees the underlying c
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you could have a Gods-eye view of your own life, running it forward and backward in time, viewing it from different points-of-view? How might that affect your understanding of events, especially the ones that disappoint you? Abby and Meredith have that kind of view of the life of Charlotte Miles, the girl who lived in their house a hundred and fifty years before, and it leads them into new understanding of their own lives and Gods not-always-comfortable way of caring for them.

Meredith is
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
When Abby agrees to become a tutor and companion to 11 year old Merrideth for the summer, they both learn more than what text books could teach them.

Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Abby has a tough job ahead of her because Merrideth doesn’t want her help nor her company. Merrideth appears to be lazy and a bit spoiled but as Abby gets to know her better she finds Merrideth is really just an unhappy girl; unhappy that her parents are divorced, that her mom works all the time and never has time for
Christina Banks
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If you are looking for a clean young adult time-travel novel, this may be the book for you. Deborah Heal gives us the story of a college age girl who is tutoring a disadvantaged youth over the summer break, but their history lessons take on a whole new twist when they discover a program that lets them experience the past first hand.

The whole concept of seeing the past in person fascinates me. I have always wondered what it would have been like for the generations that came before me. I wanted t
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book that kept a smile on my face :)

Abby is a college student who takes a job as a Summer tutor to a difficult young student, named Merrideth. Abby works to win Merrideth over, and together they discover a mysterious computer program that might just have some of the answers they are looking for and so much more...

Time and Again is an engaging read, that is well paced, with a great message. I really came to love so many of the characters, especially Abby and Merrideth.

Abby was a great main cha
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm always fascinated about time travel I was eager to read Deborah Heal's novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This story is not about time travel, but rather a movie taking place on a computer screen. Somehow, the main characters in present day can watch and read the minds of the people who lived at Miles Station 150 years ago.

The relationship between Abbie and Merredith was well developed, the dialogue believable, the young teen's troubles authentic. It is also interesting to lear
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well, Time and Again is one of those novels that, when you start it, you really do not know what to expect and what you get is so much more than you could have ever imagined. I am relatively new to the genres of historical fiction and Christian fiction and I don’t always know what I am getting myself into. I sat down to read this book and honestly, I was worried that I would not like it, but I was more than pleasantly surprised, for sure.

Deborah Heal writes well-rounded, realistic characters tha
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I read “Time and Again” because it sounded like a time travel novel, and in a sense it was, but not with the characters actually traveling through time. Abby was a college student trying to earn a community service credit for school. She was tutoring an 11 year old girl in math and English, as well as, being a live-in companion to her. The girl, Merrideth, was going through a difficult time due to the divorce of her parents. Her father bought her a new computer, and some programs, mostly games, ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
What first appealed to me most about this book was the history aspect of it. I love a really great historical romance or historical ghost story and it has been (shamefully) a really long time since I have read anything even close to that genre. So, needless to say I was kind of excited about starting this one and getting a good dose of the historical.

And while I did enjoy this read because of the historical aspect, I admit that I didn't love the main character Abby. She came across as a know it
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I was born in Eldorado, Illinois (Be sure to pronounce that with a long A.) but grew up in Woodburn, a tiny village in Macoupin County. We lived in a house over 100 years old and I often wondered about the people who had lived there so long before.

My husband Bob and I farmed and raised a family there in Macoupin County. When the kids were old enough I went back to college, majoring in English wit
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