Book Review & Giveaway: The Christmas Eve Secret by Elyse Douglas

Christmas Eve Secret by Elsye DouglasChristmas Eve Secret: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (September 16, 2019)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christmas
Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
ISBN: TBD
Available in Print and ebook, 440 pages
Christmas Eve Secret

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Description 

A mysterious man from the past steals the time travel lantern.

When Eve and Patrick find it, they destroy it.

Eve’s life is shattered.

She must return to the past, where secrets await.

In the third novel of THE CHRISTMAS EVE series, Eve and Patrick Gantly are living a normal life in 2019 New York, preparing to celebrate the Christmas season.  Patrick is taking courses in forensic psychology and Eve continues to work as a nurse practitioner.  To their delight, she is three months pregnant.

Despite their happiness, Eve is having premonitions that something dreadful is about to occur.  Concerned about the future and the safety of their child, she insists that they destroy the time travel lantern.  Patrick is more cautious.

One afternoon when Patrick is out, a sinister man breaks into the apartment and forces Eve to give him the lantern.  In many ways, Eve is relieved the lantern is gone.  She hopes they can now live a more normal life.

A day later, Patrick shadows a woman who has been staking out the Gantly’s brownstone apartment, and he confronts her.  To his and Eve’s utter shock, they learn that Lucy Rose is from 1924 and that she time-traveled with the man who took the lantern.  He returned to 1924, but she chose to stay behind.  She offers to sell the lantern back to Eve and Patrick, and they reluctantly agree, hoping to keep it out of unscrupulous hands.

Convinced that the lantern is a threat to their future happiness, Eve and Patrick decide to destroy it.

But the lantern has more power than they could have ever imagined.  Once the lantern is destroyed, Eve’s life is completely changed.  She must set off on an adventure, in a struggle that will return her to the past, where she will learn the secret of the lantern’s origin and delve into the farthest reaches of her heart.

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Guest Review by Suzie Mamba

When Eve bought the lantern that turned out to be for time travel, her life changed forever.  She found out by lighting the lantern and ending up in 19th century New York that it was for time travel.  In book one of ‘The Christmas Eve’ series, she meets Patrick and falls in love.  She brings him back to the 21st century.  Then in book 2 they go back to try to rescue the daughter Patrick didn’t know he had.  Now, in book three, Eve’s world explodes once again and she must go back to 19th century New York again to try to piece her life back together.

This time Eve’s friend, Joni insists on going with Eve.  Joni doesn’t really believe they can time travel until she wakes up there with Eve. There Eve and Joni have many adventures and Joni meets a man and falls in love.  However, she must learn to rein in her 21st century ways or she will bring on big trouble to both herself and Eve.  Will Eve be able to piece her life back together and return to the 21st century?  What will happen to Joni?  You need to read the book to find out!

I love ‘The Christmas Eve’ series but ‘The Christmas Eve Secret’ is my new favorite.  Husband and wife writing team, Elyse Douglas keeps even the old characters fresh.  They dance off the page and into your head and will not leave!  Reading the book is more like watching a movie in your head.  Someone should seriously look into buying the movie or television rights to the series.  I really think they would make a killing!  I give this book 5+ stars!

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Praise for Christmas Eve Letter

“If you are a fan of authors such as Nicholas Sparks and  Marybeth Whalen, or H.G. Wells or Jack Finney, you need to add this book to your shelves.
This is a romantic suspense novel with many dangerous and tense moments. As always, when one travels in time, the concern of consequences and potential changes to history and the future weigh heavily on both the traveler’s and readers’ minds.  Those worries added to the atmosphere but were also handled skillfully. I smiled at a certain twist of color. It is a perfect bookclub read.”-Laura’s Interests

“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

“The Christmas Eve Letter is a wonderful time travel book and one of my favorite books of the year.”–The Book Return Blog

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Praise for Christmas Eve Daughter

“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

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About the AuthorChristmas Eve Secret: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.

Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Christmas Eve Daughter by Elyse Douglas

 

 

Christmas Eve Daughter: A Time Travel Novel by Elyse DouglasChristmas Eve Daughter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (Sept. 12, 2018)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christmas
Tour dates:Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN:
Available in Print and ebook, 385 pages

The Lost Mata Hari Ring

 

The sequel to The Christmas Eve Letter!

When husband and wife, Eve and Patrick Gantly, discover a shocking secret from Patrick’s past, they make the difficult decision to use the old lantern once again to return to 1885. They hope to save his child from a tragic future.

Although they try to plan for every possible contingency, something goes wrong.  They lose each other and end up in a different time!  Nothing goes as planned.  They struggle to save Patrick’s daughter from certain death, even as they search for the lost lantern that will return them to their own time.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I didn’t read The Christmas Eve Letter but this book stands on its own. In the sequel, it is explained how Eve time traveled to the 19th century and met Patrick. It also explained why she brought him back to the present. Patrick is now adjusting to life in the 21st century. It has its pros and cons compared to 1885.

Patrick finds out that he had a daughter that he didn’t know about and that she was murdered in 1915. He decides he has to go back in time to warn her. Eve warns him that time travel is dangerous but he feels guilty for not being there for her and insists on going. Of course, Eve won’t let him go alone. First, they have to find the lantern. Then they’re separated…will anything go right? Will they find each other? Will they be able to come back to the present?

I like the authors’ writing style and enjoyed The Christmas Eve Letter. Patrick and Eve are a good pair and I enjoyed reading about the other characters. I especially liked the letter that Patrick read near the end of the book. I will probably go back and the read the first book when I have time, not for clarity but I’d like to read about the beginning of their relationship. 

If you like time travel, The Christmas Eve Daughter is a book you’ll enjoy.

 

 

Praise Christmas Eve Letter

The Christmas Eve Letter is a wonderful Christmas novel. The authors weave an intriguing time travel holiday romance tale written in the third person narrative that follows Eve Sharland’s personal journey between the present and the past.  The reader is easily drawn into this fast paced time travel holiday romance story as they follow Eve’s journey between the past and the present. The reader can easily envision both the present and the past among the city’s famous landmarks, and easily get drawn into the city’s joyous sights and sounds of the holiday season. You can’t help but relate to Eve and cheer her on as her personal journey brings an unexpected destiny that will change her life forever. I really enjoyed the intertwining of a time travel tale with a holiday romance twist, the historical references were realistic, while the time travel between the present and past kept me intrigued right to the end.  Captivating.”-Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“If you are a fan of authors such as Nicholas Sparks and  Marybeth Whalen, or H.G. Wells or Jack Finney, you need to add this book to your shelves.
This is a romantic suspense novel with many dangerous and tense moments. As always, when one travels in time, the concern of consequences and potential changes to history and the future weigh heavily on both the traveler’s and readers’ minds.  Those worries added to the atmosphere but were also handled skillfully. I smiled at a certain twist of color. It is a perfect bookclub read.”-Laura’s Interests

“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

A great plot and a very fast-paced and well told story.  The women characters were strongly portrayed.   I got taken on the ride of my life, traveling between different eras with Eve and waiting with bated breath to see how the story would turn out.-Corinne Rodrigues, Everyday Gyaan

 

 

About the AuthorChristmas Eve Daughter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas began writing novels in college, while studying music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  He traveled the world as a professional pianist for many years.  He has also worked as a copywriter and corporate manager.

Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Christmas Eve Letter (A Time Travel Novel), Christmas for Juliet, The Summer Letters, The Christmas Diary, The Summer Diary, and The Lost Mata Hari Ring. They live in New York City.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

 

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Book Review: The Lost Mata Hari Ring by Elyse Douglas

Lost Mata Hari Ring: Time Travel Novel by Elyse DouglasPublisher:  Broadback (May 1, 2018)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance
Tour dates: May-July, 2018
ISBN: 978-1513634326
Available in Print and ebook, 370 pages

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Up-and-coming actress, Trace Rutland, has had nightmares about a tragic past ever since she was a little girl.  She struggles with her everyday life, finally seeking help from a hypnotherapist.

While under hypnosis, she inadvertently experiences a past life in Paris, in 1916, during the First World War.

Later, while visiting a wealthy man’s private Mata Hari collection, Trace is drawn to a glittering ring, once worn by the convicted spy.

Trace is enthralled.  When she’s alone, she slips the ring on and is swiftly hurled into the past.  There, she must face herself as she was in the past, while struggling to change the course of her destiny.

When she meets the handsome Edward Kenyon Bishop, a World War I British flying ace, she falls in love.  She is soon swept away into a journey of suspicion and treachery, and must fight for her life.

Can she survive the past?  Can she return to the present?  Can true love endure for all time?

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Actress Trace Rutland has had the same nightmare for as long as she can remember.  She has gone to psychologists and tried hypnosis but none of them have helped.  However, she gets the name of another psychologist and gives him a try.  Finally she is able to go under hypnosis and what she discovers is horrifying and exciting.  Why did Mata Hari enter her sub conscience during the hypnosis?

The Lost Mata Hari Ring is a excellent time travel and historical fiction novel!  It is pitch perfect and hits all the right notes.  It is evident that Elyse Douglas did in depth research on Mata Hari.  The characters are well written and engaging.  This book is hard to put down!  If you enjoy books of time travel or historical fiction, you are in for a treat.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  It is the best book I have read in awhile!

 

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Praise for Christmas Eve Letter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

The Christmas Eve Letter is a wonderful Christmas novel. The authors weave an intriguing time travel holiday romance tale written in the third person narrative that follows Eve Sharland’s personal journey between the present and the past.  The reader is easily drawn into this fast paced time travel holiday romance story as they follow Eve’s journey between the past and the present. The reader can easily envision both the present and the past among the city’s famous landmarks, and easily get drawn into the city’s joyous sights and sounds of the holiday season. You can’t help but relate to Eve and cheer her on as her personal journey brings an unexpected destiny that will change her life forever. I really enjoyed the intertwining of a time travel tale with a holiday romance twist, the historical references were realistic, while the time travel between the present and past kept me intrigued right to the end.  Captivating.”-Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“This book was very enjoyable because I do like time travel stories – the possibilities and potential and having to figure out how to fit into the past (or the present depending on which way you are going!).
I thought the author did a good job of recapturing that time period including the fact that women really didn’t have any rights and were chattel. The men were egotistical which contributed to any downfall they experienced. The ending has an interesting twist that changed how I saw a few characters in the book. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will be seeking out some of her other books.”-Leslie Storey, Storey Book Reviews

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.”-Stacey, Whispering Stories

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About the AuthorElyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas began writing novels in college, while studying music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  He traveled the world as a professional pianist for many years.  He has also worked as a copywriter and corporate manager.

Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Christmas Eve Letter (A Time Travel Novel), Christmas for Juliet, The Summer Letters, The Christmas Diary, and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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Book Review: Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro

22403155Title: Shenandoah Dreams

Author: Lisa Belcastro

Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel, Inspirational Romance

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

About the Book

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What if she met the man of her dreams…in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They’re sailing the waters around the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she’s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn’t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home…to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay?

 

My Review

Shenandoah Dreams is the third book in the Wind of Change series. I didn’t read the first two books but this one does stand on its own. There were characters mentioned at the end who I’m sure were in the previous books.

I like the idea of time travel and I was excited to read about how Melissa ended up in Colonial America. It was obvious that Lisa Belcastro did her homework about the Shenandoah and Colonial America before writing this novel because it was full of how they lived. It also shows how important it is to follow God’s will no matter when we live.

The characters, while described well, were hard for me to relate to for some reason. I haven’t figured out why since the writing flowed well and the book was interesting overall.

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About the author

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Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.
In addition to writing Shenandoah Nights and the soon-to-be-released Shenandoah Crossings, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.
When she’s not at her desk working on Shenandoah Dreams, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.

Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

   

13492200Title: The Mine (Northwest Passage #1)

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publication Date:  February 20, 2012

Description: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

Review:

I received a free copy of the ebook from the author for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end because it was so good. Time travel isn’t a new concept but Joel hanging out with his grandma and her friends in 1941 was a little different from other time travel books I’ve read or movies I’ve seen.

It was definitely easy to relate to the characters, especially Joel and Grace Their once in a lifetime love for each other was refreshingly innocent. And I could feel Joel’s anguish over knowing the future of the war and the fate of some of those he became friends with.

John A. Heldt is a good writer. He grabs your interest quickly and keeps the story interesting. I usually read two books at a time, one at work and one at home, but when I got close to the end of The Mine I had to bring it home to finish. Right when Joel made his decision on whether or not to return home, I had to stop to cook dinner. As I was cooking, I decided how I wanted the book to end. I couldn’t wait to get back to it and see if it ended the way I wanted! I was not disappointed.

I definitely recommend this book. I look forward to reading the sequel at some point.

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Review: Jumper by Jeff LaFerney

   

7-1-2013 9-56-33 PMTitle: Jumper (Time Travelers)

Author:  Jeff LaFerney

Genre:  Time Travel

Publisher:  Tower Publications

Publication Date:  April 2013

Description: After spending three years in jail and several years completely alone, twenty-four-year-old Cole Flint discovers an amazing ability—he can time-travel and teleport. He’s a jumper. So what should the motorcycle-riding, cage-fighting tough guy do? He should protect an innocent eighteen-year-old girl who happens to be in possession of the Staff of Moses. Following the direction of a trio of angels who are determined to shake things up in the Middle East, Cole pairs up with Hannah Carpenter and her pet grizzly while he also tries to change his past and learn the mystery of his birth. Curiously, the King of Jordan knows all about Hannah, and he’s determined to gain possession of the staff. He’ll do anything to possess its power, but is it possible that he’s no more than a pawn, manipulated in time along with Cole and Hannah? Jumper is a mysterious roller coaster of action and a time-traveling adventure that will keep readers guessing right to the very last page.

Review:

 This is the second book I’ve read by Jeff LaFerney and I do enjoy his writing. He has the gift of getting you interested from the beginning and keeping you engaged in the book throughout. There were so many ways this book could have ended so I had to keep reading to find out which direction it went and why Hannah and Cole were given the gifts that they had been given. Much of the story was predictable but there were also a couple surprises which is always nice.

The time travel is done well. The title of each chapter tells what day it is in relation to gaining possession of the staff so you always know where in time the story is. I did have trouble understanding one aspect of the time travel near the end of the book but I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t go into it any further than that. I reread one chapter 3 times and was still confused.

Both Hannah and Cole are likeable. I didn’t really care for the way the relationships were handled by Cole but, in retrospect, he acted more like a real person than most heroes in novels so I have to say, “Well done!”

There were times in the book that it went more in-depth than I care for, such as when Middle East politics were described or at the beginning when the complete narrative of the tour guide at Mount Nebo was included. This is just a personal preference and I’m sure many people enjoy the in-depth descriptions. I tend to skip over them. I’ve been known to skip pages of descriptions in some of James Michener’s books.

I definitely recommend this book and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

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