I picked Time and Again out of my TBR list. It is the first of Deborah Heal’s The History Mystery Series. It wasn’t at the top of my list, but, I wanted something different and it appeared to be a mystery, which I enjoy reading. In a way it was. I did not realize this is a Christian fiction until I began reading. The main character displayed several inhibitions of many Christians when it comes to witnessing their faith. Opportunity presents itself and they are shy about saying anything.
The story is a type of time travel fantasy with historical events well researched by the author. The characters do not actually travel back in time, rather, they witness it in a virtual sense. This approach by the author takes care of any potential paradox that other time travel books create.
I enjoyed the story. The current day plot is of a young college student doing a summer service tutoring an underprivileged girl. They enter into an historical account of the original owners of the house and witness excerpts of actual history. The time is the late 1800’s just before and at the beginning of the civil war. The location is a small railroad town in Illinois that has long since past it’s prime.
There are some current social issues addressed, divorce and absent parents, bullying, and mental illness. The author also covers the dark issues associated with slavery. Then there is a little romance tossed in too.
After finishing the book I went ahead and got the whole series in a set. So now I have two copies of the first book, but, the boxed set was less than buying the other two books individually. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.