Since Beautiful House worked so well for the Old Dears’ genealogy project, Abby’s college roommate Kate hopes it will help her find out more about her ancestor. Ned Greenfield was born at a place called Hickory Hill in the tiny town of Equality, set in the hills of southern Illinois and the breath-taking Shawnee National Forest.
Abby and John reluctantly agree to help her, but only on the condition that she and her fiancé Ryan promise to keep the program a secret, because if it fell into the wrong hands…well, no one wants Big Brother looking over his shoulder.
The mayor, police chief, and townspeople of Equality are hospitable and helpful—until the topic of Hickory Hill comes up. Eventually Abby and her friends find Hickory Hill on their own—both the mansion and the lonely hill it sits upon. Built in 1834, Hickory Hill stands sentinel over Half Moon Salt Mine where the original owner John Granger accumulated his blood-tainted fortune.
They meet Miss Granger, Hickory Hill’s current eccentric owner and eventually get the chance to time-surf there. Their shocking discovery on the third floor is almost too much to bear. What they learn sends them racing to the opposite end of the state to find the missing link in Kate’s family tree. And there they are reminded that God is in the business of redemption—that one day he’ll make all things new.
What I liked: This was by far my favorite of the three books. I’m so unhappy that the program isn’t working and Abby & John have to return to school. Merri’s going to be so lonely! Yes, this has become very real for me.
This is one of those series that I reluctantly agreed to read when the author contacted me but then begged for the next book to be released. It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten this wrapped up in a YA series. Although, truth be told the last series was a time travelling one as well.
Don’t fool yourself — this series isn’t just for teens!
What I didn’t like: There were some things in this book that may be too mature for some audiences. While there is nothing graphic about anything there are always things that have actually happened that are horrific. Some of these references include the treatment of slaves, pre-marital intimacies, and using slaves as studs.
|Steam:||YA — with caveats|
|Series:||Time and Again, 3|
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