Book Name: The Christmas Eve Letter
Author: Elyse Douglas
Genre: Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 300
Publishing Date: September 12, 2016
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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Eve Sharland is on a three day vacation just outside of Philadelphia. She has just turned thirty and this three day weekend is a present to herself. Eve is looking forward to her visit to The Time Past Antique Shop while on her vacation. She has always had a love of old time objects and she knows this is just the place where she can find the antiques that have always made her happy. Each piece always has a story to tell and that was one of the things that draws her in to the shop. While perusing through the store she comes upon an old lantern. It seemed to draw her in beckoning her closer. To Eve’s surprise there is a letter inside of the glass planes, a letter made out to Evelyn Sharland in 1885. Could it just be a coincidence or is this fate stepping in? Eve could not let the opportunity pass her up so she buys the lantern and takes it home.
Eve sets the mood with candles, wine and music, sits down and carefully opens the letter that was addressed from John Allister Harringshaw II. The letter contained a heartfelt apology and a request. The letter spoke to Eve’s heart and decided it would be best if she followed the instructions in the letter in lighting the lantern and hoping it would reunite to lovers from the past. Little did Eve expect that when she lit the lantern she would be transported back in time prior to when the letter was ever written.
Eve sets out on a journey trying to find Evelyn while discovering herself and love in the process all the while wondering if her actions will or have already altered history in some way.
THE CHRISTMAS EVE LETTER is a heartfelt journey of one woman trying to right the wrongs of the past while discovering herself in the process. Eve is such a well thought out and well rounded character that you can’t help but to love. She is strong, independent, and well resourceful for being in a time and place she was not born into.
The first quarter of the book gave a little backstory about Eve and her life in the twenty first century. Her character really developed though once she was transported back in time. Here is also when the story really shines. Elyse Douglas has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of what life was like in 1885. The scenery was beautifully written and made you feel as if you stepped into a picturesque version of New York City. I have always been in love with history, what places looked like prior to all the technology advances and have even read books about my town when it was nothing but mostly farmland and old Victorian houses. This aspect is what really drew me in along with all the mentioning of buildings during that time period like the Knickerbocker Hospital. Elyse Douglas really brings history to life and has really done her research on what life was like back then. It just felt so real and what really made the story a 5 star read for me. If you have not read THE CHRISTMAS EVE LETTER please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. You will not be disappointed.