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Book Review – The Christmas Eve Secret by Elyse Douglas @douglaselyse #BookReview #BlogTour #timeslip

Many thanks to Teddy Rose and Virtual Author Book Tours for my spot on this Blog Tour.

A weaving story of time travel and the true love of a woman was this book. Eve loved Patrick in 2019. Their previous two books had time travel via a lantern. So while destroying the same lantern, in the present time, magic and science amalgamated, creating a wave which caused Patrick to be lost and Eve and best friend Joni to travel back to find him. The year was 1884

My first book by a husband-wife duo, Elyse Douglas, though third in series, saw me deeply entrenched into the depths of the story. The authors were definitely talented in the way they injected emotions in their words. Eve was the driving factor in this story who captured my heart with the strength of her will. Her need to be with Patrick burned into the pages of the novel.

The writing gave me a glimpse of the past two books allowing to slide in smoothly with this one. The book had Nikola Tesla to be the scientist making these time travel lanterns. It was fun to meet the man behind alternating current (AC) in a fictional setting. The story was about love, and it was the driving passion of Eve which made it come alive, so alive that the unknown stranger that Patrick was in 1884 had to take notice.

Modern women in the autocratic oppressive world of 1884 was well shown. I liked how the two best friends managed it well, adapting to the older ways. The authors converged the story in such a way that they met via their words, even when their paths diverged further, separated by time.

This was Eve’s story completely. How could I ever stop reading such a story which bespoke of the strength of a woman’s love. It was simply enchanting.

I received a free ARC from the authors, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

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 Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers, and avid readers. Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: “Time Change,” The Summer Letters,” “Daring Summer,” The Christmas Eve Letter” and “The Christmas Town.” They reside in New York City.

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.

Publication Date: 16th September 2019

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