Monday, November 19, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Christmas Eve Daugher: A Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

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

Praise 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 I really enjoyed the intertwining of a time travel tale with a holiday romance twist, the historical references were realistic, while the time travel between the present and past kept me intrigued right to the end.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 “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

Christmas Eve Daughter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas
About 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: Twitter: Facebook:

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Excerpt Christmas Eve Daughter:
Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Eve returned to the Casterbury Mansion just before 6pm on Thursday evening.  Irene met her as soon as Charles opened the front door.  She was all fluster and airy chatter.
“Where have you been, Eve?  I have been worried sick.”
“Didn’t you receive my note?”
“Yes, of course, but you didn’t say where you were going or when you’d be back.  You were gone all day.”
Irene gave Charles a knowing look, and he gently bowed and glided away.
“Let’s go into the parlor.”
Eve followed Irene into the parlor and they sat on the couch near the crackling fire.
Irene lowered her voice.  “I want to return to the hospital to see poor Duncan.  I have been worried sick about him.  What if he has taken a turn for the worst and I am not there to support him?”
Eve had thought about dropping by to see him, but she and Maggie had been busy all day, first going to Maggie’s bank so Eve could cash her check, and then to The Biltmore Hotel, where Eve took a room for a week.  Maggie had insisted on giving Eve a short tour of the impressive hotel, relating that it had opened on New Year’s Day 1913.  She said she would have moved there herself, but Big Jim said no, giving no reason.
After seeing Eve’s large and elegant room, the two ladies went up to the 22nd floor to see the grand ballroom, and then the Italian Garden, situated between the north and south towers and overlooking Vanderbilt Avenue and Grand Central Terminal.
“You will love it here, and I will visit you,” Maggie said with a broad, enthusiastic smile.  “I am told that this garden will soon become an ice skating rink.”
Eve gave Maggie a cool glance as she lowered her voice.  “Maggie, I won’t be staying here long.  We are leaving New York, remember?”
Maggie’s smile vanished, and fear returned to her eyes.  “I don’t know...  The more I think about it the more I’m having doubts.”
Eve gently took her elbow and led her toward a row of exotic white and yellow flowers.  
“Maggie, we have to leave.  You know we have to.”
Maggie nodded, head down.
After leaving the hotel, they walked to Grand Central Terminal, with Maggie frequently glancing back over her shoulder.
“Do you see anyone following us?” Eve asked.
“No… I don’t think so.”
Eve had wanted to travel to San Francisco by ship, through the newly built Panama Canal, which opened in August 1914, but she was afraid they might be followed and then trapped, with nowhere to go except into the sea.  At least on a train, if they were spotted, there was the possibility of escape.
At the Grand Central Terminal ticket office, Eve learned that the New York Central 20th Century Limited ran from Grand Central Terminal to LaSalle Street Station in Chicago.  The first-class ticket price for both would be $130.00 plus $20.00 for two Pullman berths.  
“Eve, you look so far away,” Irene said.  “Are you listening to me?”
Eve snapped out of her thoughts.  “Yes, Irene.  I’m sorry.  I was going to go to the hospital today, but I ran out of time.  I’ll go tonight.”
“Yes, Irene.  I am leaving Casterbury Mansion.  I have a hotel room.”
Irene’s eyes widened.  “Leaving?  But how can you?  How did you get the money?  Did you meet Addison?”
“No.  Look, you have been an angel and I will be eternally grateful to you, but I must get on with my life now.  I have much to do.”
Irene’s eyes suddenly welled up with tears.  “But how can you leave me like this?  How can you?  Where is the gratitude?”
Eve reached to take Irene’s hand, but Irene withdrew it, pouting.  
“I told you I was going to leave as soon as I could.”
“You are behaving very badly, Eve.  Very badly indeed.  First Addison, my beast of a brother, has forbidden me to ever see Duncan again, and now you are leaving me alone in this dreadful house.  It’s a ghastly thing to do.  Please stay.  I thought perhaps you and Addison would get to be… well, friends.”
“Irene, I am married.”
Irene looked doubtful, adjusting herself and looking away toward the fireplace, folding her arms tightly against her.  
“Addison told me that you are not being entirely forthright about your husband.  Of course, you must pretend to be married.  I understand that as a woman alone in New York with no friends and no resources, you must pretend to be married.  But my dearest Eve, you don’t have to pretend with me.  You can always be honest with me.  In this short time that we have been acquainted, I feel like we have become sisters, and sisters confide in each other, don’t they?”
Eve straightened and stood up.  “Irene, I don’t particularly care what your brother thinks about me.  I am married.  I do have a husband and his name is Patrick Gantly.”
Irene’s voice gathered force.  “Then where is he, Eve?  Why is there so much mystery about you?  You seem to live in shadows—in some mysterious world that, frankly, I find quite strange and disturbing.  I don’t know why you will not confide in me.”
Irene stared.  Her eyes held questions, but she didn’t speak. 

Giveaway Christmas Eve Daughter:
Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook copy of the book.  Print is available to the U.S. only but ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends on November 30, 2018 at midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only. 

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My Review

The Christmas Eve Daughter is a time travel novel that continues the story from The Christmas Eve Letter. I thought it was pretty good. It has some unexpected events which kept me intrigued until the end. 

I am giving The Christmas Eve Daughter four and a half stars. I have read The Christmas Eve Letter but am planning to in the near future. If a reader enjoys time travel stories, then this one would be for them. I recommend it. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour! I am so glad you enjoyed 'The Christmas Eve Daughter'!