Book Review & Giveaway: Speakeasy by Elyse Douglas

Speakeasy: A Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (April 5, 2022)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction Romance
Tour Dates May 3-June 30
ISBN: 979-8423229016
Available in Print and ebook, 375 pages

In 2019, A West Village Nightclub Singer, Roxie Raines, stumbles through a basement doorway into the past and finds herself in Roaring Twenties New York, with all its dangers, secrets, excitement, and romance.

Roxie Raines lurches through a secret basement doorway in 2019, and time-slips back to New York’s raucous Roaring Twenties. While she dazzles the speakeasy crowds with her “modern sound,” she gets trapped in the dangerous web of Frankie Shay, an evil club owner. She struggles to escape his control and return to the basement doorway that sent her to 1925.

When she meets the handsome detective, Jake Kane, it’s love at first sight, but Jake has a secret past, and her own time travel secret makes him suspicious.

Roaring Twenties New York comes alive with flappers, gangsters, romance and speakeasies and Roxie’s stunning rise to stardom could come with the price of losing both the man she loves and her own life.


Guest Review by Sal

‘Speakeasy’ is quite a novel, and one that I would recommend to anyone.

Elyse Douglas, the author, is actually two people—a wife and husband who share a pen name, which gives this book an interesting and full perspective on the world that it creates. And what a world that is!

‘Speakeasy’ centers around a modern girl named Roxie Raines, who accidentally gets sent back to the 1920’s by a time travel portal. The portal is in the basement of the bar where Roxie is working as a jazz singer, but, when she arrives in the 20’s, Roxie is in an alley outside a bar called ‘The Black Cat.’

Dizzy and confused by the sudden displacement, Roxie is taken in by a kind man named Mario, who unfortunately turns out to be working for a gangster named Frankie Shay. Frankie Shay is suspicious of Roxie, and he imprisons her in his hotel high above the streets of New York, until he feels that he can trust her.

Unsure what to do, Roxie eventually begins writing notes begging for help on postcards and dropping them out of the window. One such note is found by a local private detective named Jake Kade, who eventually decides to find and help Roxie (after some nudging from his partner, Charlie.)

This is an excellent read from beginning to end and one that I couldn’t put down. The tension is taut and the pacing is just right for a novel like this. I really enjoyed Roxie’s pluck and determination to save herself, but I loved how Jake eventually helped her. It all comes to a head in a particularly funny scene in the hotel.

‘Speakeasy’ has everything that a reader could want out of a time travel novel and more! Definitely add it to your TBR if you haven’t already!

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About the Authors

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington.

She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed many novels, including The Other Side of SummerThe Summer LettersThe Christmas Eve Series, Time Visitor, Time Change, The Summer Diary, and The Christmas Diary Series.



This giveaway is for 3 copies with the winner’s choice of print or ebook.  Print is open to Canada and the U.S. only and ebook is open worldwide. This giveaway ends on July 1, 2022, midnight, Pacific time.  Entries accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Praise for Previous Novels by Elyse Douglas

Time With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel

“A delightful and enthralling read! Elyse Douglas captured magic and put it on the page.”—Ambling Bookworm Reviews

“This is just an astonishing read that will have you hooked on page one and won’t let go till the last. I read it all in one sitting and could not put it down.”•   —Donadee’s Corner Reviews

Christmas Eve Series

“The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly.
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.”-Whispering Stories

“This book is the perfect vehicle for a movie, and I can only hope that there will be more in the series. This novel is truly as close to perfection as the reader could imagine! 5 Stars!”–My Devotional Thoughts Blog and Reviews

“I enjoyed the new characters, an update on characters from the first book, and the possibility for more books.  If you enjoy time travel-themed novels you will love these books!”–StoreyBook Reviews

“I am most impressed that this book did so well as a stand-alone novel. Kudos to the author! If you are looking for a good Christmas book with time travel, give this a go!”–Carole’s Bookshelves

“I love this whole story, and I especially love Patrick and Eve’s romance and all of the adventures that they go on together. Eve is exactly my kind of character.  I still can’t stop thinking about the feeling that it gave me and the arc that the characters went on. Everyone really developed a lot in this story and it was so rewarding as a long-time reader to watch that happen. It feels like every new book in this series just keeps getting better and better and I love these characters more and more. Every time a new one comes out I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
The Christmas Eve Secret is my favorite in the series so far, but if you have not read the first two books I would recommend doing that as soon as possible! If you enjoy romance, time travel, mystery and great writing, I promise that you won’t regret dipping a toe into this series.”–Cuzinlogic

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5 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Speakeasy by Elyse Douglas

  1. teddyrose1 June 8, 2022 / 1:48 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘Speakeasy’ Sal! Thanks for hosting Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nadine June 9, 2022 / 8:43 am

    I really like time travel novels.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 June 9, 2022 / 10:14 am

      I do too. I wish I’d had time to read this one. It sounds good!


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