Friday, May 3, 2013

"every hill and mountain" by deborah heal + giveaway

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About the book (provided by the author): Visiting another century…not the summer vacation Abby had planned. Those who have read Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy, the first two books in the young adult time-travel trilogy, know that Abby Thomas is a college student on a summer service project with 11-year-old Merri. And you know that the summer is not going the way Abby had expected—but in a good way. For one thing, she meets a very nice guy named John Roberts. And for another, she discovers a strange computer program called Beautiful House that lets her fast-forward and rewind life. Not her own, of course, but those of the people who lived in Merri’s old house. And the Old Dears’ old house, and…well, any old house. And now their computer program is starting to attract attention.

Since the program worked so well for the Old Dears’ family tree project, Abby’s college roommate Kate hopes it will help her find out more about her ancestor Ned Greenfield. And Kate’s fiancé Ryan thinks the program has lucrative commercial potential. Abby and John reluctantly agree to help Kate, but only on the condition that she and Ryan promise to keep the program a secret, because if it fell into the wrong hands…well, no one wants Big Brother invading their privacy.

The two couples take a trip to the tiny town of Equality, set in the hills of southern Illinois and the breath-taking Shawnee National Forest. According to Kate’s research, Ned Greenfield was born there at a place called Hickory Hill. The mayor, police chief, and townspeople are hospitable and helpful—until the topic of Hickory Hill comes up. They seem determined to keep them away, telling them, “There’s nothing there for you to see.”

Eventually they 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. Abby and her friends meet Miss Granger, Hickory Hill’s current eccentric owner, and they eventually get the chance to time-surf there. Their shocking discovery on the third floor concerning Kate’s ancestor Ned Greenfield 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.

My take: Every Hill and Mountain is a fitting conclusion to Deborah Heal's trilogy. Abby, John, and Merri, along with Abby's best friend Kate and Kate's fiance Ryan delve into the mystery of Kate's ancestors ... and along the way, they find much more than they bargained for!

Every Hill and Mountain is full of intensity and heartache. It's also a little squirm-inducing as the group learns the truth about Ned Greenfield. Seriously, my stomach churned as I read about Ned's life. I guess I've never really considered how horrific slavery could be. I mean, I knew it was horrible, but some of the things Ned was required to do were beyond my imagination.

I would say that I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the previous two. It's still very good, but overall I enjoyed the other books—especially Unclaimed Legacy—more. The time surfing parts of Every Hill and Mountain outshine the contemporary parts, so I wish we'd been able to spend more time in the past. But because of the intensity of the historical sequences, I'd have to say that this book is appropriate for older teens and adults. 4 stars.

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Buy the trilogy: Time and Again, Unclaimed Legacy, and Every Hill and Mountain.
See my reviews of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy

About the author: Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again time travel mystery series, was born not far from the setting of her book Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the setting of Time and Again. Today she lives with her husband in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob). She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website and her Facebook author page Her books may be purchased on

About the giveaway:
Enter the Rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win a set of signed books—the whole trilogy! Open to U.S. addresses only. Winner will be announced May 16, 2013.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and purchase an item, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Becky. Your blog is spendiforous.


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