The Christmas Town, by Elyse Douglas, is a new time travel, mystery, romance novel that was released on October 5, 2013. Free ecopy provided in exchange for an honest review.
While traveling home for Christmas, Jackie and Megan, two young women in their 20s, encounter a huge snowstorm. After crossing a covered bridge, they suddenly find themselves stuck in the past in a small picturesque Vermont town in 1943. While struggling to return to their time, they fall in love with two handsome soldiers. As Christmas approaches, Megan and Jackie are torn between their new lovers and their desire to return to their time. At the last moment, they must make the difficult decision and, because it is Christmas, a miracle happens.
The Christmas Town is a thrilling adventurous novel interspersed with humor and romance. It's a great read any time of the year, but it's an especially cozy read during the winter months around Christmas.
The Christmas Town is available in both paperback ($8.79) and kindle ($4.99) on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Town-ebook/dp/B00FTPG6S6/ref=la_B0080S51TE_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382118312&sr=1-5
REVIEW (2,5 stars)
Note to myself: if you happen to travel in time, never fall in love. It's too much trouble and unnecessary heartbreak. Time travel romances usually leave me enormously heartbroken (The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger) or bawling my eyes out (Dream of Time by Nancy J. Price). The Christmas Town did neither of them. Is it good thing or not, I don't know. However, it was a nice entertaining, fast, but a bit predictable Christmas read.
Two young women, Jackie and Megan, had to cooperate to get home to Portland through the snow storm. But the problem is that they didn't like each other much, so it was kinda funny at the beginning, how each coped with their enforced travel partner.
But they got lost in a snowstorm and suddenly two women found themselves in year 1943 in the small town called Holly Grove. They, of course, were quite a sight with their car and clothing. Then they found love. Some difficult decisions had to be made, too.
Well, I thought at the beginning the writing was a way to descriptive. I couldn't have cared less what every person in this book was wearing. It was important in historical settings, not that important in contemporary situations. Otherwise, I couldn't complain about writing.
Jackie and Megan were nice women, but they didn't like each other at the beginning. As the story develops, they grow together and difficulties that they lived through, made them nice to each other. Development of their friendship was really lovely to see.
The Christmas Town was a nice read during the holidays. But I think it would be as good to read anytime during the year. If you like sweet time travel romances, The Christmas Town may be one of the options to consider.
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 from Columbia University 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: “The Astrologer’s Daughter,” “Wanting Rita,” “The Christmas Diary” and “The Christmas Town.” They currently reside in New York City.