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Every Hill and Mountainbook 3An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a lifetime…to another century.The PeopleSince Beautiful Houses worked so well for the Old Dears’ family tree project, Abby’s college roommate Kate hopes the computer program will help her find out more about her ancestor Ned Greenfield. Abby and John reluctantly agree to help KatEvery Hill and Mountainbook 3An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a lifetime…to another century.The PeopleSince Beautiful Houses worked so well for the Old Dears’ family tree project, Abby’s college roommate Kate hopes the computer program will help her find out more about her ancestor Ned Greenfield. Abby and John reluctantly agree to help Kate, but only on the condition that she and her fiancé Ryan promise to keep the program a secret, because if the government ever discovered they possessed a computer program that allows you to rewind and fast forward the lives of people it would surely want to get its hands on it.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. Then they are determined to keep them away. Eventually they find Hickory Hill on their own—both the mansion and the lonely hill it sits upon.The HouseBuilt in 1834, Hickory Hill stands sentinel over Half Moon Salt Mine where the original owner John Granger accumulated his blood-tainted fortune with the use of slave labor. In the free state of Illinois—the Land of Lincoln.Abby and her friends meet Miss Granger, Hickory Hill’s current eccentric owner, and they eventually get the chance to run Beautiful Houses 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....

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Every Hill and Mountain Reviews

  • Gina Hott
    2019-03-20 07:11

    WOW! Words can't articulate how terrific this book was.

  • Dana
    2019-03-10 09:06

    What a neat concept of being able to go back in time from the location of you and your computer and "virtually" view everyday life full of suspense and, to us, historical events from years ago! The characters and historical information are both rich and interesting with "Deborah Woods Heal" wit thrown in just the right places. I didn't want this story to end!

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-19 08:26

    Title: Every Hill and Mountain (Time and Again Series Book #3)Author: Deborah Heal www.DeborahHeal.comPages: 278Year: 2013Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Well done! Here is the last installment of the series which concludes with hope, redemption and open-ended futures for the characters. I read Time and Again (Book #1) followed by Unclaimed Legacy (Book #2) and while I enjoyed both of those novels, this last novel takes the cake! The novel is mixture of many themes and subplots all taking place in various parts of Illinois. In case you haven’t read the others. I would suggest reading the prior novels first as they set the stage for Every Hill and Mountain. The basic storyline is a computer program is discovered that is able to show the history of a house including former occupants in different eras. At first, Merri used her computer to help her with the tutoring she was receiving from Abby. Abby worked with Merri as a summer project for her degree. When she first met Merri, all she could imagine was returning home to her parents. As the summer progresses, the computer’s special program begins to take center stage as it introduces history in a unique way though not all history is pleasant to witness by Abby or Merri. In the final novel, Katy comes to where Abby is living for the summer with news that she is now engaged, and the adventure takes off once again. In order for the program to work, the computer must be near historic places giving those watching the opportunity to time travel and witness events first hand. Abby has tried to explain the programs uniqueness to Katy, but until Katy experiences it herself, she is doubtful to say the least. Katy’s fiancé Ryan seems to have ulterior motives for accompanying Katy for this trip that later comes to light. Katy is looking to complete her genealogy in order to paint a mural of her family tree. What she didn’t expect is where her research is going to take her let alone reveal to her. When I began the novel, I knew it was going to be the best of the three as each book was better than the predecessor. For those who love novels portraying the Underground Railroad and Illinois history, these are for you. The novels kept getting more intriguing along with the strong message of everyone’s need for Jesus as well as Jesus being such a wonderful Redeemer. Each of the characters in the story is unique, refreshing and transparent. One part of the novel shows the difference between the blessings of waiting for marriage contrasted with not waiting, though because of Christ a repentant person can begin anew. What love God has shown us and continues to show us, both historically and in our present day if we will open the eyes of our hearts and see! I sure hope you make time to read the novel and share! My rating is 5 stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

  • Sarah Grace
    2019-02-17 03:16

    This book was terribly dissapointing. Deborah Heal had a very interesting concept, and did fairly well with the first book, but the second and third fell off the apple cart, and I haven't even read the fourth. There was a decent amount of subject matter that bothered me, which is the main reason I didn't like this book. Such as (view spoiler)[ details about how slave owners "bred" slaves; mentions of intimate relationships between an unmarried couple, boyfriend ditching his girlfriend, and gruesome details about the way slaves were treated.(hide spoiler)]Not recommened, especially for anyone under the age of 16.

  • Vikki
    2019-03-18 10:27

    This was the third book of this series and I truly enjoyed each book. These books are called 'history mysteries'. Abby is assigned to tutor Merry over the summer as part of her college requirements. Merry was a young girl with an attitude. The house she and her recently divorced Mother live in is very old and full of character(s). Lol. Merrys Dad bought her a new computer to soften the blow of the divorce, as if anything could do that. The computer had a program installed that revealed Beautiful Homes. However, from time to time, the screen images would go back in time to earlier occupants of the house. This opened a new world for Meredith (Merry), Abby and John, Abby's new boyfriend. They could actually get within the heads of individuals pre civil war. The part about the treatment of slaves was very hard to hear. (I read it via audio). I really did enjoy this book and am glad to find a new clean author in Deborah Heal.

  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    2019-02-28 09:23

    EVERY HILL AND MOUNTAIN by Deborah Heal is an interesting inspirational Science Fiction/Fantasy. #3 in the "Time and Again" trilogy but I feel can be read as a stand alone,although,I would recommend reading the other two. See, "Time and Again" and "Unclaimed Legacy". Follow Abby,Merri,Kate,Ryan and John on a harrowing journey of dark secrets,faith,family secrets,tragedy,mystery,past events, time travel and mystery. Fast paced and filled with adventure and action. Not your run of the mill Science Fiction/Fantasy. The characters are well developed,the plot has twists and turns you want see coming. Well done,Ms. Heal! If you enjoy Science Fiction,Fantasy,Time travel,you will enjoy "Every Hill and Mountain". Received for an honest review.RATING: 4HEAT RATING: SWEETREVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-02-19 06:16

    Wonderful ending to the trilogy! I enjoyed these books so much, so many historical facts and lessons to be learned.

  • Susan
    2019-02-20 03:23

    Although this was a good book that I couldn't put down, I thought these books were written for children and teens, and this one wasn't. It contained details about how slave owners "bred" slaves and gruesome details about the way slaves were treated. Some parts were very hard to read, and I wouldn't want a 12 or 14 year old reading this book. It's too bad that Heal felt she had to put these horrible parts in the book instead of keeping it a light, time-travel mystery for young people.

  • Skjam!
    2019-02-28 04:27

    Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in the expectation that I would review it. This review will contain heavy spoilers.This is the third in a trilogy about Abby Thomas, a denominational college student on a summer service project to be a tutor to economically disadvantaged eleven-year-old Merri. They discover that Beautiful House, a program on Merri’s computer, allows them to view (and experience!) past events in old buildings. They soon draw in a young man named John Roberts, who starts a romantic relationship with Abby while helping them explore the history of Merri’s house, once a station on the Underground Railroad.In this volume, Abby’s revealing of this information to her college roommate backfires when said roommate, Kate Greenfield, shows up with her fiance Ryan Turner in tow. It seems Kate has run into a brick wall in her family research. An ancestor named Ned Greenfield was born at Hickory Hill in Equality, Illinois–but that’s all she can find on him or his parentage. She asks Abby to help her using the Beautiful House program.Equality, once a thriving salt mining town, seems friendly enough at first. But the townspeople become considerably less welcoming once the subject of Hickory Hill comes up. Abby and her friends soon discover some painful truths about the past. But God is in the business of redemption, and makes all things new.This book is aimed at the Christian young adult market, so there is quite a bit of God-talk. An exact age range is a little harder to pin down. The topics of rape, torture and the cost of human lives of slavery may be a bit heavy for younger teens, while the sexual prudishness of the protagonists will probably have older teens, particularly ones not raised in more conservative Christian communities, rolling their eyes. Conservative Christian parents, on the other hand, are likely to approve of Abby and John’s chaste relationship.The book has some serious flaws, which I will talk about in the spoilers section below. I can only recommend it as an introduction to the history of slavery in Illinois–there’s a list of further reading books in the back that are more to the point on the subject.SPOILERSThe biggest problem I have with this book is the villain of the modern section, Ryan. Abby takes an immediate dislike to him on first meeting and it’s easy to see why. The man is a horrible excuse for a human being, consistently putting his worst foot forward. He has zero appealing personality traits. Which would be okay if this were a different kind of story, one where the villain is mostly offstage so that the stalwart heroes only see him when he’s opposing them.But instead he’s a tag-along for the group, in most scenes, repeatedly failing to show any redeeming characterization. By the time of his “sudden but inevitable betrayal” Kate looks less like an impulsive young woman in love, and more like someone who’s really, really stupid and needs it spelled out to her in large letters that Ryan is bad news. Tellingly, the one time Kate mentions what, specifically, she likes about Ryan, we aren’t allowed to hear it.Ryan would have been a much better character if he were allowed to show positive character traits, reasons why Kate might have chosen to be his fiancee or special skills that made him valuable to the group. Even having him make valid criticisms of the protagonists’ actions might have helped. In this way, his final betrayal would have seemed less inevitable and more of a heartbreaking experience.Looking at it another way, some in-story evidence suggests that Ryan may be either brain-damaged or not actually from Earth’s culture. (Seriously, a college student who is unfamiliar with libraries?) If this is the case, he’s less villainous than pitiable. And his reasoning for having sex with Kate shows the perils of abstinence-only sex ed and purity culture–a more streetwise woman than Kate would have noticed how bogus the logic was.A more excusable flaw is that the protagonists don’t really follow logic chains. They know from repeated experience that Beautiful Home only works when it (or possibly God) wants to, and only shows them what it (or God) thinks they need to see. Yet they constantly worry about the program being abused or falling into the wrong hands. If God is showing Ryan women in their pajamas, then there is obviously some reason why God wants Ryan to see women in their pajamas, and you shouldn’t fault Ryan for that.But hey, people are illogical like that in real life.I’m also a little skeptical about exploring the issue of slavery and its ill effects from the point of view of privileged white people (Merri considerably less privileged, of course.) It worries me that the protagonists are surprised by an integrated church in the 21st Century, and that John has never seen a church that allows black people and white people to worship together before.I see this book was self-published–the author may need a stricter editor to work out some of these problems with.

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2019-03-12 07:10

    Some authors catch your interest with their first book but can't sustain it through to the third in the trilogy. With her Christian time travel set, author Deborah Heal has done the opposite. Back when I reviewed her first entry, Time and Again, I criticized it as having lots of flaws common to new authors. The second entry of Unclaimed Legacy showed improved. Now Heal has released her third, Every Hill and Mountain, and it's my favorite in the series. For those of you unfamiliar with the trilogy, it involves an unusual plot about house software that enables the characters to travel back in time.Before I point out the positives about Every Hill and Mountain, I'll start with the one outstanding negative. Perhaps because the time travel element is virtual and only through software, it has never engaged me. I prefer time travel stories, where the characters actually enter the ancient or future world to which they magically travel. Also, there are too many conveniences about the software for it to feel real and so it didn't ring true that the characters who encounter it would immediately accept it. Last, the "story-within a story" technique bothered me. On one level, the Time and Again series is about a college girl who governs a troubled teen and along the way develops other friendships and falls in love. Thanks to the time travel element, there's a second layer about slavery, prejudice, and other dark issues. Because neither make for strong stand-alone stories, the time travel element feels like a device to moralize about past wrongs instead of an integral part.This flaw side, I highly enjoyed other aspects of Every Hill and Mountain. Main character Abby has of course returned. Although still overly polite and proper, Abby is not above eating junk food, staying up into the wee hours of the night, or trespassing so that she can time travel with her house software. As with the average college student, Abby also dreams of marriage but feels insecure about how serious her date is about their relationship. Since book one, Abby has grown on me and now feels like an old friend. Her love interest, John, reappears and is now finding himself in some uncomfortable situations. For example, a pastor catches John hiding with Abby in a dark room in the church. Although John tries to live as Christians, he isn't immune to feelings of irritation or anger. John is an ideal but realistic boyfriend. The other main character is Kate. Her presence was minimal in the earlier books, but now she takes a dominant role because Abby is helping Kate trace her family tree. Kate drives over the speed limit, keeps herself busy with socials, and mostly acts like a college girl until her engagement to Ryan. She serves as a counterbalance to Abby and, as such, the two seem like the perfect friends. With Ryan, Heal has given readers someone to dislike and I enjoyed having a reason to tell off a character every few pages. :-) What I appreciated most about Ryan though is that he had moments of being nice and of being scared. In other words, he managed to at times rise above being a stereotypical jerk. :-)Establishing a sense of place proved to be one of Heal's strengths in her Time and Again trilogy. Nothing has changed with this third entry. In Every Hill and Mountain, Heal continues to effectively provide the lay of the land and then to narrow her descriptions to the building or room the characters are in. Consider these two sentences: "The day was typical for southern Illinois in late August, hot and humid. At least, she was sitting on an icy, albeit uncomfortable seat in the shady pavilion." Or this longer example: "The map showed they would be entering Shawnee Forest soon. Trees were visible on the horizon but, in the near distance, men in huge earth-moving equipment worked the red clay. A sign on the right side of the highway...." It probably helps that besides doing a ton of research, Heal also set her characters in locations familiar to her from childhood. Repeatedly throughout Every Hill and Mountain, I felt as if I were walking or driving right next to Abby and her friends. Heal successfully made her world come alive.It only took me a weekend, and that being one with interruptions of birthdays and other celebrations, to read Every Hill and Mountain. I didn't want to put it down; that's how eager I was to find out what happened. If you liked the first two books, you'll love this one. And no matter what, if you like Christian romances, this is a worthy set.

  • Diane Walters
    2019-03-02 05:19

    Every Hill and Mountain—An Entertaining Mystery!Deborah Heal considers herself a Christian fiction author. Right there, for a lot of people, that would wave the red flag: “Stop! Do not enter!” “This will contain over-zealous subject matter meant to weave a certain message into the story in which to enlighten or prescribe the author’s beliefs.” I almost passed up the chance to read this fun trilogy because of this worry. Through the first book, I turned every page with much trepidation that a preacher would jump out of page 25, 137, or 192 to scream at me about his way to see the light. In certain times and places I find this acceptable, but not when I am reading for enjoyment and to relax.I was so wrong! In all three books--nothing like that happened at all. As a matter of fact, Ms. Heal did an excellent job of writing a great three-part story that young adults on up can enjoy. The first book was an introduction to Merri, Abby, and John and the Beautiful Home computer program. The second book took us on another adventure with the cheerful trio and their neighbors to seek out a puzzle of heritage. This last book delved further into Illinois history as Merri, Abby, and John used their unique computer program to help Kate, (Abby’s roommate from college) find an ancestor by the name of Ned Greenfield from Equality, Illinois.Their arrival to Equality gave them an unexpected surprise. Everyone they met was hometown friendly in a down-home sort of way. The streets were crowded; and it wasn’t until they met the local sheriff that they learned it was the annual Salt Days celebration to commemorate when the village was founded in 1735. The area was the hub for salt mining in the United States after the Indians surrendered the “Great Salt Springs” to the US government by treaty way back when (Wikipedia). The story continues with little tidbits of local history to amuse and entertain as is the author’s penchant for sneaking in lessons without our being consciously aware we’re being taught. With all the information they try to find out about this Greenfield relative of Kate’s, the farther down the family tree he seems to slip. These friendly villagers start to clam up and the true hunt begins. This tale tells of a salt baron’s ruthless rise to success, slavery—the likes of which you’ve never heard before, a spooky third floor in a mansion, and a ditzy old woman who has the answers, but takes to having “spells” when questioned too much. On the social scene, John and Abby’s crush deepens as Abby (figuratively) pulls the petals off the daisy one-by-one “He loves me. . . . He loves me not.” This couple prefers to follow the old-fashion values of genteel courtship until marriage; whereas, Abby’s friend, Kate, was lured into a more complicated, serious relationship with her boyfriend, Ryan. The subject of sex is mentioned in the book, but it is handled with intelligence and decorum. Now that the trilogy is over, I look back and shake my head when I think I almost missed a great opportunity to learn so much about our history and the history of Illinois. The information was presented in a unique mystery story that was fully entertaining and enjoyable. I liked the books so much that if I had my druthers, I’d like Ms. Heal to drop the trilogy and just continue the storyline into a lengthy series. I enjoyed the characters so much that I could imagine them on more adventures of this kind, and as long as the program is willing—why not? If more of us hungry readers are so inclined to persuade her, perhaps we can change her mind about this being the last book. I’m certain that the state of Illinois has many more hidden tales to tell that the Beautiful Home computer program could bring to light. I’d like to thank author Deborah Heal for this lovely copy of Every Hill and Mountain in exchange for my honest review.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-22 05:24

    To say Abby Thomas has had an interesting summer is a huge understatement. While tutoring eleven year old Merri in Miles Station, Illinois they discover a unique computer program called Beautiful House that allows them to virtually time travel into the past. They have decided to keep the program a secret only telling John Roberts a young man who Abby has become fond of along with Kate Greenfield Abby's best friend. When Kate decides to research her family tree, she hits a snag when she comes to a man named Ned Greenfield, who lived in a small town named Equality. Abby's best friend Kate Greenfield has been doing her families genealogy,but hits a snag when she comes to a man named Ned Greenfield. Kate comes to Miles Station along with her boyfriend Ryan hoping that Abby can use the program to help her figure out who Ned was. They uncover secrets from the past that not only shock them, but also allows Kate to see what kind of man Ryan really is!"Every Hill and Mountain" takes the reader on an amazing journey into the past while keeping a firm foot in the present. I found the central characters of Abby, Kate,John and Merri to be wonderful characters, good and wholesome are two words that pop into my head where they are concerned. Although Kate was pulled off track for a while by the end of the story she saw Ryan for what he really was. I found the concept of virtual time travel really lent another element to this story, but more than that it made the historical elements seem so much more realistic. While I really enjoyed the characters it was the historical story that unfolded about Ned that really gripped me. As his story is told, it saddened my heart, causing me to shed a few tears. Ms. Heal certainly knew how to bring history to life within the pages of this story, I learned a few things I never really thought about, but was also left wanting to learn more. While she deals with the tough subject of slavery, she does it in a manner that allows us a clear, honest look at how things might have been, but also provided me with the hope of freedom that came for many. While this is book three of a series, I feel like it could be read as a stand alone story, I did read the first book, but missed the second one but that didn't hinder me from totally understanding this story. The author provides an ending that left me hoping that she might continue this series. Overall, a story perfect for teens and adults alike, teens will connect with the characters in the story, and come away with a history lesson that is far from boring.Reviewed for

  • D.C. Head
    2019-03-14 04:21

    Time-surfing, family trees and age-old secrets?I was really amazed as I read chapter upon chapter of this book. It has a slow start but well needed to brace the reader for what the upcoming chapters reveal. A time surfing program that allows people to revisit the past, proves a success and prompts Abby's college roommate Kate to use it to fill in the gaps in her family tree. Kate stumbles upon an ancestor, Ned Greenfield, and finds herself setting out on a journey of discovery and to unfold the old family secrets. I think I held my breath several times through this book, every time Kate saw progress only to hit one brick wall after another. I did not like her fiance, Ryan's character, as he showed himself to be more interested in the commercial potential of the time-surf program and Kate's eyes are eventually opened to his true character reveal. I absolutely adored Abby and John, who, although reluctant at first, supported Kate in her quest to find out about her ancestral past. They stood by her side and accompanied her to a town called Equality. I love how the author incorporated a real city into this story; The use of this specific town, "Equality" was fitting for what it revealed on the surface about the town's history. I felt like I was in the story, sharing the same emotional frustrations as the characters did, especially when the towns people tried to keep the past hidden concerning Hickory Hill, where Kate finds out her ancestor, Ned was born. Initially, the towns people, mayor and chief of police showed themselves to be hospitable and eager to assist Kate and her friends in finding answers to what they came there for; but the forbidden mention of Hickory Hill stirred up too much dirty laundry that the townspeople were not willing to air. They did everything within their power to keep Kate and her friends from the "tree of all knowing" so to speak. But the wonderful thing about Kate was her determination, thus the quest continued until she found what she was looking for and to her surprise, a lot more than she ever expected. Hickory Hill gave birth to a very disturbing past that Kate could not tuck back quietly inside the blood-tainted mine it rested upon. But she would walk away with a different set of eyes and frame of mind. I recommend that everyone read this book at least once.It's definitely worthy of five stars.

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2019-03-13 10:31

    Every Hill and MountainBy Deborah HealSummer is winding down when Abby's best friend Kate decides to finally come visit Abby and Merri. But what Abby and Merri think is going to be an all-girls week-end turns out very different from what they imagined. First off Kate brings Ryan her boyfriend/fiance with her. (FYI Ryan is a total jerk and he only gets worse as the book continues!) Kate isn't her normal self, deferring to Ryan's opinion even concerning what she'll eat! Abby, Merri, and John find Ryan to be opinionated and annoying.Kate and her mother have been researching her family tree, but they can't information about Kate's many times great grandfather Ned Greenfield. After hearing about Abby and Merri's success helping Beulah and Eulah (or is it Eulah and Beulah???) find their Buchanan relatives, Kate is hoping to use the Beautiful House program to find out more about Ned Greenfield. But House Beautiful hasn't been working since finding the Old Dears Buchanan connection.The night Kate arrives House Beautiful again shows them Charlotte Miles. Charlotte is helping runaways on their journey to freedom. What is the significance of this scene with Charlotte and is there a tie-in to Kate's search?This is one journey through time you won't want to miss, just be sure to bring a box of tissue with you as this may well be the most emotional journey yet! A hidden brutality of slavery is brought to light one that is so horrifying that a small southern Illinois town is willing to rewrite its history to hide the truth!But the potential to abuse Beautiful House grows as more people learn of its existence. Can Abby, John, and Merri keep control of the program and out of the hands of those who would abuse its abilities and use it for profit?And will Kate see Ryan for who he really is before it is too late? Read Every Hill and Mountain to find out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.I received a copy of Every Hill and Mountain from the author in conjunction with this blog tour in exchange for my honest review.

  • Mr Bill
    2019-03-11 03:36

    Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal is a Goodreads first-reads published March 8, 2013 by Createspace and is 278 pages long which includes not only the story but extras as well such as a Separating Fact from Fiction page and the Every Hill and Mountain Quiz. The story: Abby's college roommate (Kate) hopes that the "Beautiful House" computer program will help her find more information about an ancestor, Ned Greenfield. Kate brings along her fiance' to search for info on Ned to a place called Hickory Hill in a small town called Equality in southern Illinois. Abby and John (Abby's boyfriend) reluctantly agree to help, unimpressed by Ryan's (Kate's fiance) character and controlling tendencies. The computer program allows the group to virtually time travel provided they are in buildings that existed approximately 150 - 200 years ago for this story (the time of Ned's existance). The story takes several twists and turns as information about Ned's life is revealed and subsequently Ryan's true character is equally revealed throughout the novel. The group is "reminded that God is in the business of redemption - that one day he'll make all things new" as stated on the back cover synopsis.Overall the novel is a good, clean book dealing with the troubling tales of ill-used slaves in a place that was supposed to be free from slavery but for men's greed, all rules can be broken. I really enjoyed reading this novel and although it is the third book in the series, it stands alone quite well. Everything the reader needed to know from the prior two installments was explained in enough detail that reading the first two novels was rendered unnecessary. However after reading this tale, the reader will want to go back and read the others just like I do. I definitely recommend this novel.

  • Patricia Kemp Blackmon
    2019-03-02 05:11

    Abby's college roommate and best friend Kate is working on her family tree as a gift to her parent's. She is under the impression that the computer program Abby has been telling her about will give her the answers she is looking for. Abby, John and Merri agree to show the program and reveal the secret of time-travel. When Kate arrives at Merri's house she has a surprise for Abby. But Abby has an even bigger surprise for Kate.After all their surprises are revealed about the time travel and Kate introduces her fiance' Ryan they all go to a small town Equality to research Kate's family tree. Kate's fiance' turns out to be somewhat snooty and appears to be wanting to change sweet Kate. Abby's friend John has no patience for Ryan's rudeness. As they asked around to some of the towns people each time it came to a dead end when the asked about the old mansion Hickory Hill that owned by the owners of the Half Moon Salt Mines. Rumors have said the old mansion may have been part of the underground railroad. What is this town hiding? Why do they want to keep them away from Hickory Hill? The author has quite the imagination when it comes to time-travel and history. This story is an adventure into ones family history in the state of Illinois. Meeting some wonderful new characters along with revealing more than Kate had ever hoped to discover. Each book in this series has brought me to the belief of the possibilities of time-travel. I highly recommend this book.I rated this book a 5 out of 5. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated fro this review. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-14 04:11

    College students Abby and her boyfriend John, along with Abby's roommate Kate and her new fiance Ryan head to the tiny town of Equality on the southern tip of IL to research Kate's ancestor, Ned Greenfield, born on Hickory Hill in 1838. When the four of them arrive at the town, everyone is very friendly and hospitable, until they bring up Hickory Hill and the research they are trying to do. At that point, they are told there is nothing to see there, and to basically stay away from the old mansion on the hill. When Abby and the others try to secretly take their laptop with the virtual reality time traveling program on it to Hickory Hill, things go from bad to worse, as the town's police chief seems desperate to keep them away from the truth they are searching for. Abby and John are also very doubtful of the integrity of Kate's fiance, Ryan, as he appears to be quite rude and arrogant, which Kate does not seem to notice. Ryan also keeps bringing up the subject of selling the secret time traveling program on John's laptop in order to make a lot of money.I enjoyed this trilogy very much, with the interweaving past and present story lines. Abby and John are likable characters, and the historic mysteries they attempt to solve with their virtual reality computer program are interesting, as well. I'm looking forward to reading the follow-up series to this trilogy, the Rewinding Time series.

  • Anne Rightler
    2019-03-10 03:20

    Every Hill and Mountain, third in the History Mystery series by Deborah Heal is a delightful book, sure to please history buffs! Although this story could be a stand alone, reading the previous two books in the series will fill in the background. The techno-time travel via a somewhat quirky computer program is certainly a unique way to see the past and Abby and John are on their way to solve another mystery. This time, it is to help Abby's college roommate trace her geneology back to the 1800s. Once again the setting is Ilinois and the friends travel from small town Equality to Chi-town, Chicago with John's computer being the gateway to travel back in time. Every HIll and Mountain is a little darker story in that it explores the horrors of slavery--the use of slaves to run the Salt mines of Illinois, despite it being a "free state" and the heartbreaking tragedies that befell the slaves during that era. Informative history, a little romance, Christian values, a twist or two to the plot and Deborah Heal delivers a fun book for readers, young and old alike! Michelle Babb does a great job of narration, bringing back the voices of Abby, Merri, and John and adding in the new characters with their own personalities.

  • LAWonder10
    2019-03-01 10:25

    'Every Hill and Mountain' is a fast-paced drama which is partially Contemporary and partially Fantasy/Historical Fiction. It is the last of Deborah Heal's exciting trilogy.This final book mostly is centered on Abby, John, Kate, and Ryan and their efforts in discovering Kate's missing ancestor to complete het "Family Tree". It is presently very lopsided. Will she be able to find her missing ancestor? She has two clues. If these clues do not culminate, she will have to leave that side of the tree asa mystery. They experience unique and intriguing instances.This escapade will either draw them closer together or may prove to be disastrous to their friendships.I enjoyed this novel as much as the other two. However, I felt there could be a better title to fit the storyline. The book cover, also, could have been more creative. The character development was very well done. The description of the surrounding area "brought it to life". The ending was OK but felt slightly incomplete.It was clean, well-written, fast paced, and a quite fun adventure. The few things remiss were minor. This review of Deborah's final book of the series offers a Four and a half Stars rating. This book was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.

  • Victoria Brinius
    2019-02-20 10:24

    There are 3 books that are in this series. I have always loved time travel novels and these were no exception. These were a totally different kind of story that I have ever read. In the first story Abby and Meredith happen to discover a computer that allows anyone to look at any house that they want to anywhere. This however is not looking at the house as it is today, but how it looked many years ago.They are able to feel like they are right there standing with the residents of years ago. Sometimes they may find out things that they wish they had not. Sometimes even though stories need to be told, it can be very difficult to hear them. In the next 2 novels they used the program on the computer to search for other people's ancestors. Just think, if you could watch a story about your family unfold, many years before, but you cannot interfere, would you want to try it? I give these books a 4/5. I was given these books for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.- See more at:

  • Mary Hamilton
    2019-03-19 08:32

    Deborah Heal continues her series of time-surfing stories with Abby and John in Every Hill and Mountain. Though we don't get to see much of Abby's charge, 11-yr. old Merrie, we do get to meet her crazy roommate, Kate and Kate's surprise fiancee, the insufferable Ryan. The story takes us to southeastern Illinois in search of Kate's ancestor, Ned Greenfield. In the course of their genealogical wanderings, we discover that although Illinois entered the Union as a free state, slavery was brutally alive and well in some communities. As in her earlier books, Ms. Heal lets the reader see the negative aspect of time-surfing, often showing more than we want to know, or things that are difficult in this day and age to comprehend.I sometimes had a bit of difficulty following the historical characters and their link to Kate, and wish there had been a more solid genealogical line made from Ned Greenfield to Kate, I realize that in cases where slavery was involved, the records may not be available. Still, I found the story engaging enough that I had trouble putting it down. And I look forward to reading more of Deborah Heal's novels.

  • George Scudder
    2019-03-01 06:06

    A well threaded trilogy, gave me a real sense of enjoyment through the whole trip!As I first began this reading journey I frankly thought and said to my self here is a 76 year old man reading a Nancy Drew mystery.As the first book unfolded I found I really liked it. I liked the writing style, the mysteries that opened up, and the characters as they were developed. The first references to scripture seemed a bit too goodie, but as the story developed they seemed to work ok, and I felt the emotions that showed up in the story plot demonstrated the real world of the characters, and real world emotions and feelings people have as they go through this journey called life.By the end of the three books I would simply say I enjoyed the reading and the presentations. I had not heard of Ms. Heal before, but I have now and will be trying more in the future. This set of three deservedly belongs in Goodreads. Congratulations and thanks for the reading enjoyment Ms. Heal, well done.

  • Pegg
    2019-02-20 08:10

    Engaging story with a high-tech paranormal element. This is the third book in the series and I highly recommend reading the books in order. I read this one first and struggled to connect to the characters and sort out the references to past action. Once that clicked, I was caught up in the story as it unfolded.The concept is a computer program that can take you into the past to virtually experience the lives of others. An invaluable research tool, it could also be a disaster in the wrong hands. Abby and her friends set out to learn more about Kate's family tree but in the process, they uncover a dark secret that has shadowed a small town for over a century.This book is not suitable for young readers. There are some adult scenes and references to rape and brutality involving slavery. Not an overtly Christian book, it does contain a solid moral message. I recommend this one to readers who enjoy history with some paranormal or fantasy elements.

  • Terri
    2019-03-10 09:08

    I was given this audio book free in exchange for an honest review. I'm still in love with the concept behind this series by Deborah Heal. It involves a sort of time travel through a computer program. The characters don't go back in time physically, but they are able to watch what happened and feel what the people in the past feel and are aware of their thoughts. In this book, Abby is trying to help her roommate, Kate, with her research into her family's past.They use the computer program to go back to the time when the underground railroad was active in the state of Illinois. They discover some very surprising and disturbing things. There are other side stories going on in the relationships between Abby and John, and between Kate and her fiance, Ryan.I totally loved this series and am rather sad that it has ended. The series is a Christian mystery/romance.

  • Amanda Stephan
    2019-02-28 06:06

    Ms. Heal did a very good job in blending the present with the past. She even piqued my curiosity enough that I did a little research on my own after I was finished with the book. This is the first historical fiction novel to make me want to dig a little deeper to see if something that was written was fact or fiction. Kudos to you, Ms. Heal, for accomplishing that!While the book was clean and the main characters were moral Christians, this does have a fine theme of more adult situations toward the end. Because of this, I'd recommend this for 16+ teens and older. I would add this to my list of homeschool books to read for this particular era.*My thanks to the author for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion. These thoughts are my own and I was not required they be good.*

  • Angela Lambkin
    2019-02-18 10:17

    Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal was I thought should be rated as five stars for such an extraordinary and delightful book. One I found was hard to set down shortly after beginning to read it because the author had the reader caught in it's grip,see? I really liked it and I am sure that if you love to read about history or go to museums to see how the people in thepast had to live and work,etc. you would really enjoy it too! She made the history she shared come alive to people like you and I who were not around at that time,see? I actually happened to have bought this particular book when a very kind author had sent me a BIG Amazon. com Gift Card awhile back,see? But I had asked the author if I may after I had read her book here do reviews for her on this book and another one of hers too and she said yes! Super Work Deborah! By Angela

  • Christina Banks
    2019-03-02 07:16

    To be honest, this was my least favorite book in the Time and Again series. After hearing about Abby's roommate Kate in the past two books, I expected more from her than what I was given. Kate's boyfriend is a jerk, and completely flat as a character. I tried to find some redeeming quality in him, but there wasn't anything there to even like. I couldn't understand what Kate saw in him, but she obviously saw something or she wouldn't have gotten engaged to him or given him such a precious gift. All of this added together to make me disappointed in Kate. This disappointment limited my enjoyment of the story. I give Every Hill and Mountain 3.5 stars as a result.I recommend this book to young adults who want a very clean, conservative story full of imagination, romance, and adventure in a historical context.

  • Alice Dinizo
    2019-02-25 02:21

    "Every Hill and Mountain" by Deborah Heal is a time-travel novel that will draw all readers into its pages, even those who swear they will never, ever read stories featuring time-travel. With first-rate plot development, characters that leap off its pages and into the reader's heart, "Every Hill and Mountain" deserves every accolade that it garners. College student Abby uses Beautiful Houses, the strange computer program that she discovers will let her go into the history of old houses. And then Abby delves into the history of the old southern Illinois mansion called Hickory Hills and finds Civil War era history that she never imagined. Don't even think of missing "Every Hill and Mountain". It's unforgettable.

  • Jan Hall
    2019-03-02 06:27

    This book combines, History, Mystery, Intrigue, Time travel, and Inspiration. I received a copy of Every Hill and Mountain with only a request for an honest review. I had not read the first two books in this series and this book does stand alone nicely. After reading this I definitely want to read the other 2 just because I enjoyed this one so much. Kate wants to know more about her ancestor. Abby has just the right program to help her. If it chooses to work for her. I enjoyed all of the situations they got into and the way the story was told. Only a great author could weave all of the genres together the way she did. She did it very well. There is a great balance between what happened in the past and why and how it affects the present. Nicely Done!

  • Kim
    2019-02-18 02:14

    This book, like the previous two, was interesting in how the characters used the Beautiful Houses program to learn about their families in the past. As usual, each book's family history is unique. I also enjoyed the travels of Abby and her friends through parts of southern Illinois, places that I have been or know of. The variety of characters in this book made the book more enjoyable. Kate's boyfriend was the kind of character you love to hate. The various members of the Equality, IL, community showed the difference in small towns vs. large cities. I did have a little trouble with some of the timelines in the present day. It seemed like the time span wasn't always consistent for Abby and friends. Still, it was a good book, and I'm glad to have read it.