The Christmas Eve Letter by Elyse Douglas – Book Review and Excerpt
The Christmas Eve Letter by Elyse Douglas – Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaway
Publisher – CreateSpace Independent Pub
Pages – 420
Release Date – 9th September 2016
ISBN-13 – 978-1537483382
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
30-year-old Eve Sharland is browsing a Pennsylvania antiques store when she discovers an old brass lantern tucked away on a shelf. She picks it up and sees something behind one of the sooty glass panes. To her surprise, she finds an unopened letter stuck inside.
The letter is postmarked December 24, 1885, and it is addressed to Evelyn Sharland in New York City. Eve gasps and drops the letter. That’s her name! The letter is addressed to someone with her name in 1885: Evelyn Sharland.
Eve purchases the lantern and the letter, and returns to her New York City apartment. Later that evening, she opens the letter and reads it, astounded by its contents. She stares at the lantern in wonder and alarm, deeply moved by the story of a tragic romance.
A few days later, following a request in the letter, Eve cautiously lights the lantern. To her utter shock, she finds herself in the past—in 1885 New York City. Eve is thrown into a life far beyond what she could have ever imagined, as she gets involved with one of the richest families in New York City, and meets the handsome Patrick Gantly. She must struggle to survive and return to her own time, even as her destiny is changed forever.
On the last day of her short break, Eve Sharland decides to call at an old antique shop in Pennsylvania. Whilst there, she comes across and old lantern that seems to be drawing her to it. On opening, it she is surprised to see an unopened letter, dated 1885, addressed to Evelyn Sharland – her own full name.
Eager to know what is in the letter Eve purchases the lamp, alongside a gold, heart-shaped watch, and returns home to New York City.
After reading the letter, Eve feels compelled to do what the author had asked the intended recipient, to light the lantern one more time. However the lighting of the lantern has Eve time travelling back to 1885, and she finds herself delirious and cold in Central Park, being offered help by the man that wrote the letter.
Why is Eve in 1885, and how will she ever get back home to the future?
The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly. Eve is a lovely, smart young woman, especially when she quickly realised that her manners, and the way she talks, needed to alter for her to fit in with her arrival in Victorian New York.
All of the characters are well thought out, and believably written, together with the well-constructed scenery, that has you feeling as if you yourself, have just stepped into the past.
The story is unique and moving. It will hold you long after you turn the last page. A perfect Christmas tale of love and hope.
Book reviewed by Stacey
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature.
Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.
Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: “The Other Side of Summer,” “The Christmas Bridge,” “Wanting Rita,” “The Christmas Diary” and “The Summer Diary.” They live in New York City.
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