Jan 122015
 

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Once again, Merrideth Randall, Merri, is able to acces the program that allowed she and her friends to ‘time-surf’ back through time. This should make her life as a history professor and part-time geneologist much easier, right?

Merri just needs to keep it a secret that she’s using a computer program to do some of the research! Plus, she needs to make sure no one sees her with the dreamy single professor before she gets her required papers published and keeps her professional career from vanishing before flourishing.

Can Merri keep her secrets and learn to trust God to show her the way?

Hott Review:

What I liked: I really enjoyed seeing Merri’s growth. Not just from the previous series to this one, but within Once Again.
In Once Again, Merri is still a very self-conscious unsure person. She feels very unworthy of the attention of men, is afraid to be herself with her students, and can’t seem to find God. I especially like that though there is growth in Merri and poignant messages about following God, the book ends with a change but not a complete turn-around in Merri.
What I didn’t like: At times Once Again seemed to veer off from the story and become more of a history book. This made those sections difficult for me to read (I’m mostly done thinking for the day when I pick up a book).

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Author: Deborah Heal
Source: Deborah Heal
Grade: B+
Ages: 16+
Steam: Nada
Setting: Lebanon, Illinois (past & present)
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, Reading Road Trip 2015 Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Series: Rewinding Time, 1

Author Bio:

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 with a minor in Creative Writing. Afterwards, I taught high school English, including creative writing, composition, grammar, and literature. I loved teaching young people, except for grading compositions of writers who didn’t want to write, leaving me no time to do what I had always wanted to do—write.

I remember one time when I was four. I scribbled furiously on my paper, and then took it to show Mommy. “Is it writing?” I asked. “No, not yet,” she answered. I went busily back to scribbling with my stubby pencil in just the same way, it seemed to me, grownup writers did, hopeful that the next time I showed her, the lead on the paper would have been transmuted into fine words.

I was in 8th grade when I first began to get the dream of being a published author. We had to write a story and mine was a scary one about being unjustly confined to a mental hospital. (The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest may have stolen my idea.) My teacher wrote on the top of my paper:

Be sure to give me a signed copy of your first book!

It’s been a long time since 8th grade, but that dream at last came true with my first book Time and Again.

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