Time and Again
Charlotte of Miles Station
By Deborah Heal
Abby Thomas' required service project is volunteering as a "companion and tutor to an economically disadvantaged adolescent." Abby's assignment is Merrideth an eleven year old girl with major issues in her life. Dealing with a major move and her parents divorce has caused Merrideth to become withdrawn and her school grades have suffered.
But motivating Merrideth to take an interest in school work during summer break may prove to be a more daunting challenge than Abby was expecting. Merrideth feels that her parents divorce was her fault and she is insecure about her appearance.
But when Merrideth and Abby discover Beautiful House, a program on Merrideth's computer, they see the house that they are living in is in the program. Beautiful House is a program unlike any that either girl has ever seen before. The program takes them to Miles Station in 1856 where they observe Charlotte Miles and her life at Miles Station. Soon both girls are caught up in Charlotte's life and her desire to one day take the train to Alton. Their interest in Charlotte sparks Merrideth's interest in history and she begins taking an interest in her new town and in her studies.
Charlotte's life is an intriguing lesson in American history at a volatile period in our history. You too should take this journey to Miles Station and be prepared to develop a new passion for history along the way.
Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station is a charming and delightful book and I hope to be able to take another journey into the past with Abby and Merrideth in the not too distant future.
I was provided a copy of this title by the author for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own and no expectations were placed on me regarding this review.