Every Hill and Mountain : History Mystery

  • by Deborah Heal
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • Series: History Mystery
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Visiting another century.... not the summer vacation she had planned.
Those who have read Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy know that Abby Thomas is a college student on a summer service project with 11-year-old Merri. And they 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 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 fiance 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Couldn't stop listening!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It is another great addition to the series, but would be a fun read if even if you haven't listened to or read the other books. It is an interesting mix of historical and present time, and there is plenty of drama to keep you intrigued (haha this series is turning into a not-so-guilty pleasure). It might be a little cheesy, but its loveable and there is lots of laughs, outrage, and every emotion in between.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John continues to impress me in every book. He is witty, kind, smart, and his head and heart are always in the right place.

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

Michelle Babb did a great voice for Patty Ann! She sounded just like the sweet southern belle a salt queen should be. All of the voices, and the emotions that came through them, were done quite well in the book- hard to pick just one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I would use the same tagline as the book: "An old house. A new computer. A visit to another century." Of course, that might be why I didn't pursue a career in the marketing or movie industry...

Any additional comments?

Again, this was a great book. It is a neat way to blend past and present and I really like the additional information available on the author's website. The book draws you in as you listen in two ways: the plot and the emotional connection in the character voices. You can tell that the narrator understands what exactly is happening and who the characters are, and speaks each line with the emotion the character is feeling.

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- avidreader13

Another great History Mystery

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.
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- Anne Rightler "Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2014
  • Publisher: Write Brain Books