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The History Mystery, Book One
Reviewed by Author Roy Murry
At eleven years old, Merrideth is going through a difficult time in her life, moving into her mother's great aunt's old house after the recent divorce of her parents. Her mother is busy with career asks for a tutor for Merrideth from a university.
Arriving at the Illinois country home is Abby, a young lady volunteering her time to help reach her goal as a teacher. She learns right away her student is intelligent but confrontative in her demeanor.
Abby does her teaching task well and sees progress in her student, with some hurdles still to overcome. While using the computer, they come across a peculiar flash from the past - a photo of the house they are in during the 1850s with living people including some famous. It's a mystery they try to unravel.
This historic show goes into virtual reality bringing the student and teacher close together. Merrideth is more animated, learns her lessons, is friendlier towards Abby, and people in the old neighborhood. Abby meets a young man and becomes more confident in her teaching abilities.
Time and Again trilogy's book one sets the tone for some interesting conclusions. I will be looking forward to reading them.
The author writes in such an enjoyable style that I couldn't wait to get back to reading each time I'd put the book down. Well-developed characters, a great double-punch storyline, as well as thought-provoking questions about God and the Bible make this book perfect for pre-teen readers as well as adults. I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. (previous: Just bought this and started reading it. I absolutely love the story line and can't wait to get into the time-travel portion of the book. The characters are believable and I love a well-told tale. So far, so good - nothing disappointing for me! I'll update this review after I finish reading this book.)
Merrideth was a typical neglected child of divorce, angry and sullen. There was nothing special about her...nothing to make her stand out from any other sullen and angry neglected child of divorce. The mother's attitude was a bit unbelievable....she ought to have seen warning signs in her daughter's refusal to do anything but watch TV and in her refusal to bathe. Pat was concerned enough to hire a tutor....but not enough to turn off the TV?
The history story, about Charlotte, her romance with James, and the Underground railroad, was more interesting than the contemporary story about Merrideth and Abby.. Did she ever get caught hiding slaves? How did she continue to hide them without anyone knowing? I would have enjoyed reading more about that. At one point, it seemed the author described Illinois as a free state bordered by the slave states of Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. Ohio was a free state, and it does not have a border with Illinois. I tried to find that passage again, but couldn't. So I may be wrong about what it said.
The ending was a big disappointment. The book just ended....no real conclusion, no real ending, it just stopped. I'd call it a cliffhanger ending if the story had been more exciting, but it wasn't. It just sort of fizzled....and quit. I wouldn't recommend this book, not even for teens. There are far better historical novels, fantasy books on time travel, and mysteries out there.
Just as Merrideth becomes intrigued by the rich history around her, readers will also be pulled into the two-fold story - the modern-day blossoming relationship between Abby and Merrideth, and the centuries-ago life of a sixteen-year-old whose feelings and actions were not unlike today's teens.