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Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and ...

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Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.

Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful "Mrs. Sydney" from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622663880
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/25/2013
  • Series: Entangled Ever After
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 457,984
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.

Along the way she read her hometown library’s entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O’Brian’s and Bernard Cornwell’s novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.

Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    A fun read about time travel during the Christmas season.  The t

    A fun read about time travel during the Christmas season.  The two characters come together despite their differences in both of their centuries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    I loved the premise of this story. Intelligent woman from one ce

    I loved the premise of this story. Intelligent woman from one century falls for understanding man from another. If there was any fault it was that Miles accepts everything a bit too easily.
    As readers of romance, we do expect a happy ending and got one. As one other review said, Sydney did seem to waffle a bit, but perhaps that was due to the length of the book more than her character. The internal conflict (waffling) would have been a bit less so (I think) if there had been more pages to work with. Just my opinion of course.
    However, all that said, this is still an extremely enjoyable, quick holiday read and I would recommend it for anyone who needs to their feet up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled cider and gear down from the holiday madness!

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    I've mentioned time and time again that I'm not a big novella or

    I've mentioned time and time again that I'm not a big novella or short story fan but I'll let you in on a little secret, the ones I'm almost always guaranteed to enjoy center around the holidays. Which is why I signed up for this tour.

    I really liked this 48 page time travel Christmas romance (try saying that 10 times). I had a free half hour and was able to knock this one out quickly, and I was glad to give Susanna Fraser a try (finally) and thought that this little novella was a great introduction to her writing style.

    I love time travel romances and of course I love regency romances with dashing heroes so I really enjoyed reading Miles and Sydney's love story. I thought the way that Fraser mixed the time travel and romance bit together was very well done, especially given the length of the story and I was really impressed plus, I liked how the romance between the main characters developed.

    Overall, for a short story, this one is one of the best ones I've read and I loved the Christmas element added into the storyline. I'm a sucker for a holiday romance and this one has me not only wanting to read more Christmas love stories, but more stories by Susanna Fraser.

    I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, well written time travel Christmas romances between a contemporary woman and a regency hero just in time for the holidays.

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    Very enjoyable story. I'm not always a big fan of time travel bu

    Very enjoyable story. I'm not always a big fan of time travel but this one was good. Just the type of story you want to read during this busy time of year. 

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    Christmas Past is a sweet time travel romance.  When Sydney find

    Christmas Past is a sweet time travel romance.  When Sydney finds herself stuck in 1810 after her time machine breaks, she must make a tough decision on what to do next.  Unfortunately (or maybe on the bright side) Miles has found her secret.  He takes her under his wing and talks her into waiting until after Christmas to make a final decision on her fate.




    Of course the romance follows very quickly and it is a very sweet one.  A very feel good style romance with one really good explosion (literally).  I also liked how the author handled the issues of multiple time lines and changing the future.  She had a lot figured out for such a short novella.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** (T

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
    (This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

    I've read a few time travel romances but I can't say I've read one that actually involves a machine and an actual job to do in the past. Oftentimes, the hero/heroine stumbles into the past by some random event or even by injury. That the ability to time travel was actually invented and utilized makes this story unique.

    I love and appreciate Sydney's dedication to her job. While she is attracted to Captain Miles Griffin, she puts it aside to focus on the job at hand, until her machine breaks and she's stuck in the past. The emotions portrayed when she realizes that she's really and truly stuck in 1810, and that she's also been caught with the machine by Captain Griffin, made her more realistic to me.

    Who doesn't love a man in uniform? LOL I sure do! But it wasn't just the uniform that made Miles attractive as a hero. It was his determination to persuade Sydney that staying with him in 1810 wasn't such a bad idea. I like how he took her with him, how they enjoyed the Christmas season together, and how everything he did for her helped break down her resolve and convince her to stay.

    While I enjoyed the characters, the dialogue, and the internal struggles, I also loved reading about the time machine itself. For me, the mix of science and romance was well-balanced, giving me a greater appreciation for what Sydney was losing by choosing to stay.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Sydney Dahlquist is a time traveler. The year is 1810 and she is

    Sydney Dahlquist is a time traveler. The year is 1810 and she is in Lisbon to observe Wellington's army. While she is working in the military hospital, she meets Captain Miles Griffin. They are attracted but she rebuffs him. She can not change the timeline by getting involved. Everything changes. Her transport machine will not work. She is trapped here and can never go home. What will she do? Susanna Fraser's novella is such an enjoyable read. Sydney and Miles Griffin are such a perfect romantic couple. They are a contradiction. He is the past and she the future. Their story set at Christmas time is a fun fantasy that leaves you smiling. A perfect holiday treat that you can read in one sitting.

    I received a copy of Christmas Past in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    I loved the concept behind this story¿using the ability to time

    I loved the concept behind this story–using the ability to time travel to study history. As a junior high social studies teacher, I’m always telling my students that we’ll never know (fill in one of history’s mysteries here) until one of them makes a time machine (a long-standing extra credit opportunity; haven’t gotten one yet), goes back to that time period, finds out the truth, and reports back to the rest of us. If only!




    I liked the characters in this one as well–Sydney, who loves her work and her family, and tries so hard to do the right thing; and Miles, the rifle captain who is able to look beyond the surface and is open minded enough to take on a 21st century woman. Together, they make a fantastic couple. Great stuff!




    Where this one falls short, though, is in the execution. The novella is much too brief to really do the subject or the characters justice. Sydney’s revelation comes very quickly, and to be honest, I wasn’t really quite sure exactly why her reasoning worked so well for her. I wanted to know more–more about the time traveling program (which I still don’t exactly understand the logistics of), more about how they were going to make their relationship work, more about how Sydney would adjust to her new reality, maybe even find out what–if any–implications the events of the novella would all have on the future.




    In all, it was a pleasant read and an entertaining way to spend a lazy morning, but ultimately it left me wanting more.




    Rating: B-




    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

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    This is a time travel short story, and the first book that I hav

    This is a time travel short story, and the first book that I have read by Susanna Fraser. I have loved the time travel romances that I’ve read, but I have to admit this one fell a bit short for me. It is a cute story, but because it is short it is very to the point, and the excitement of how Sydney traveled back in time was missing since she has already been there for a fee weeks and has already been acquainted with Miles. It also seemed to focus on destroying the time machine rather than the couple. 

    If you are looking for a short story with a Christmas theme that you can read during your lunch break, or when your time is limited this would be one that you might want to consider. 

    I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    Title: Christmas Past - Entangled Ever After Author: Susanna Fra

    Title: Christmas Past - Entangled Ever After
    Author: Susanna Fraser
    Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC/Entangled After Dark
    Published: 11-25-2013
    ISBN: 978-1-62266-388-0
    E-Book ASIN:
    Pages: 39
    Genre: Romance
    Tags: Paranormal, Time Travel, Novella


    Sydney Dahlquist has tried everything and can not repair her time ship. stuck in Lisbon. That in itself is not a problem, but the fact that it is December 20, 1810 is.She knows the protocols, had even agreed with them in theory, but now that the time came to carry them out she was wavering. As she prepares to blow up her ship and remove herself from the chance of changing history she catches sight of Captain Miles Griffin, a local, someone out of bounds to her forever.


    Not believing what he sees he asks anyway. When Sydney tries to make him think he is imagining things. When that does not work she admits that she is from the future and her machine is broken and that she is stuck in the past. When Miles asks what she plans to do she tell him that she will destroy the machine he asks her about herself? When he receives no reply he realizes she plans to destroy herself as well. He tells her he can not allow that and vows to stay with her around the clock until he can convince her not to commit suicide.


    What follows, although short is a very good story of when does duty give way to a chance at life and happiness? Can Miles convince Sydney that death is not the only option open to her? Will she listen and believe? Or will this be the last Christmas Sydney will ever celebrate? Grieving for all she has lost can she open her heart to see all she could gain? Ms. Fraser has packed quite a punch with this short novella. You will enjoy it from beginning to end.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser Sydney Dahlquist is stuck in t

    Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

    Sydney Dahlquist is stuck in the past. Literally. Her time machine has broken and she must destroy it so as not to influence the time line. Miles Griffin has been watching Sydney and her strange habits of note taking and constant washing of her hands. He finds he is drawn to this tall beautiful mysterious woman. Since Sydney is stuck, she decides to let loose and have fun on her "last night".

    This quasi historical 44 page short story is fascinating with its history lessons in straw mattress stuffing to Sydney using an iPad. So cleverly wound together in a sappy romance. I love sappy romance!

    I received this book from the publisher.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    This is a really sweet quick read. I am not always into time tra

    This is a really sweet quick read. I am not always into time travel romance, they get too science-y at times. But this was a really nice read. Sure, things take a turn into science-y at the very end, but the real meat of the story already happened so, it was easy to skim.

    I really liked Sydney and Griffen getting together, although they seemed to be very naive and trusting folks. If somebody told me they were from the future with a time machine I would need serious proof. It would take a lot to convince me, even then I might still have doubts.

    This is a sweet romance with a hint of steam, not one of my down and dirty reads, but a really lovely warm read! 

    This is a new author for me but I am definitely going to checkout her other books! 

    *Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    Sydney Dahlquest is in trouble, a time traveler from the future,

    Sydney Dahlquest is in trouble, a time traveler from the future, her time machine has broken down in the year 1810. If she follows the protocol she must destroy her time machine and kill herself; however Captain Miles Griffin won’t allow her to sacrifice herself. How will she affect the future if she decides to stay?
    A very sweet short read, the hero and heroine are very likable and the questions the book poses are interesting. Fun Read!

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist¿s first mission soun

    Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.

    Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful "Mrs. Sydney" from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

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    I loved the premise of this story, a Vernesque story where time travel is done by scientists to learn about the past. Sydney goes back in time, but her time machine breaks down. As she is about to engage the safety protocols; which include blowing up the machine and killing herself, Captain Miles Griffin comes looking for her. I have to say Miles is Very accepting of what Sydney tells him of her and the time machine.

    While Sydney is doing her time travel she meets Miles and you can tell they have an instant attraction, but the times being what they are and that Sydney is only there for a short time nothing comes of it. That is until Miles finds Sydney and the time machine. Once he finds her he tries to convince her to stay with him.

    I liked the story, but it seemed too short and would have loved to get more in depth with the characters and the story. I think this would make a great series! The writing style was great and I would definitely read more by this author.

    3 stars

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Sidney who is a PhD student participating in time travel studies

    Sidney who is a PhD student participating in time travel studies. She travels back to December 1810 and ends up finding love with a local military man. Does she stay or does she go?

    This story was short and sweet. There wasn't a lot of extra, but was a good read. I'm afraid if I put to much in the review I'll spoil it for the rest of you. Enjoy!

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Enjoyable Time Travel Romance!!!!! Sydney Dahlquist's time mac

    Enjoyable Time Travel Romance!!!!!


    Sydney Dahlquist's time machine is broken.  Protocol demands that she blow up her machine and that she then die so as not to change anything in the future.  She has waited a week longer than she should have... hoping to be rescued.  It is Christmas Eve and she cannot wait any longer...




    Captain Miles Griffin was shocked to find the tall blonde who had caught his eye in a strange contraption in an abandoned barn.  He had followed her on a whim thinking she may have been in trouble and needing assistance.  When she told him that she was from 200 years in the future and that the contraption was a time machine, he didn't know what to believe....




    I enjoyed reading this short time travel holiday romance.  The concept was intriguing and original. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys time travel romances.




    An Enjoyable Read!




    3 1/2 stars!

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    This is a time travel, short story. A good basis but wish it d

    This is a time travel, short story. A good basis but wish it dealt more with the characters involved instead of the time machine. A good ending. I think it could have been so much better as a full book with the character development. I received the ARC from teh publisher for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

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    This short and fast holiday read that is a fun and enchanting mu

    This short and fast holiday read that is a fun and enchanting must read.
    Sydney is a time-traveling PhD student and on her first mission she has to spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded among Wellington’s army.  When her time machine breaks she must protect the timeline by following the Protocol.  Fascinated with Sydney from the first meeting, Captain Miles Griffin stumbles upon her and the time machine and decides to seduce her into staying.
    This enjoyable fast paced novella is an enjoyable read that puts an interesting spin on a happy holiday ending.  The author gives the reader a great feel for the time period using vivid details and imagery.  She conveys the emotions of the characters with an intensity that adds depth to the story. 
    The only drawback I found with the story was that both characters were a little too accepting of the events taking place.  But this doesn’t take away from the wonderful story and the heart-warming ever after.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

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    I liked the concept of this book and it had some good parts , it

    I liked the concept of this book and it had some good parts , it was just too short. I wanted more interactions between the characters and less about the time travel.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    This book is short but cute story. Sydney was getting her PHD an

    This book is short but cute story. Sydney was getting her PHD and was time traveling. She done a few times before so the could study what it was like back in whatever era they went to visit. On her last travel her time machine broke and was trapped back in 1810. Sydney has been there for three weeks and couldn't fix it. She been working with the injured and been flirting with a very handsome Captain Griffin. Sydney knew it was time to follow protocol to destroy the time machine and take the poison that will kill her, so she doesn't change the past to the present her time 2013. Captain Griffin followed Sydney and couldn't believe what he seen. Sydney told him what she could and what she was about todo, but he wasn't going to have it. He talked Sydney into spending Christmas Eve with him, in hopes to change her mind. Sydney was going to go out with a bang so why not hook up with him. He stayed the night with Sydney and fell asleep and when he woke up, she wasn't there and he went looking for her. He found her and she told him she wasn't going to kill herself but she needed to destroy the time machine and he helped her. Captain Griffin asked her to marry him and she said no, they really don't know each other and he asked when then and Sydney in a couple of months in spring.

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