The Christmas Eve Letter

The Christmas Eve Letter

By Elyse Douglas

30-year-old Eve Sharland is browsing a Pennsylvania antique store when she discovers an old brass lantern tucked away on a shelf. She picks it up and sees something behind one of the sooty glass panes. To her surprise, she finds an unopened letter stuck inside. 

The letter is postmarked December 24, 1885, and it is addressed to Evelyn Sharland in New York City. Eve gasps and drops the letter. That’s her name! The letter is addressed to someone with her name in 1885: Evelyn Sharland. 

Eve purchases the lantern and the letter, and returns to her New York City apartment. Later that evening, she opens the letter and reads it, astounded by its contents. She stares at the lantern in wonder and alarm, deeply moved by the story of a tragic romance. 

A few days later, following a request in the letter, Eve cautiously lights the lantern. To her utter shock, she finds herself in the past—in 1885 New York City. Eve is thrown into a life far beyond what she could have ever imagined, as she gets involved with one of the richest families in New York City, and meets the handsome Patrick Gantly. She must struggle to survive and return to her own time, even as her destiny is changed forever

This book was such a great Christmas time read. I enjoyed it so much. I loved the style of writing and how well the story was told. The story flowed so nicely and there was never a time I was not engaged. Putting down this book to deal with real life (like fighting kids, cooking dinner, and doing laudnry) was hard. This book was the book of the month for my facebook bookclub and I’m so glad it was suggested and my members voted for this one.

This book was just the right mix of mystery, intrigue, romance, and sappy to be a perfect Christmas book. I love a good time travel book. It is always so fun for me to learn all the rules of time travel for a new book and watch how things play out.

This book was an amazing story that left me wanting to know more (yes, there is a sequeal). The writing style flows nicely and left me feeling like I had been given a big warm Christmas spirit hug. This is a book I would highly recommend.