Elyse Douglas is the pen name for a husband and wife writing team. Their novels include "The Christmas Diary" "Christmas for Juliet" "The Astrologer's Daughter" and "Christmas Ever After." They live in New York City.
The Christmas Townby Elyse Douglas
Traveling home for Christmas, two modern women in their 20s are forced to drive together during a snowstorm, and they get lost. They cross a covered bridge and, suddenly, they enter the past, finding themselves in a small picturesque Vermont town in 1943. They meet two handsome soldiers, who are about to be sent off to war, and they fall in love with them, while also struggling to find a way to return home to their own time.
With the soldiers' help, on Christmas Eve, the two women finally have one chance to return to their own time, but they are caught between their love for the soldiers, and their desire to return to the present. At the last moment, they must make the difficult decision and, because it is Christmas, a miracle happens.
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The Christmas town is a beautifully written story. It didn’t suck me in right away, but eventually I was glued around Chapter Four! I wanted to know more, and couldn’t put it down until I knew what was happening. This is a wild, sweet, funny, happy, romantic time travel novel that will make you want to keep flipping pages. I absolutely loved watching Jackie and Megan’s friendship blossom more than just a couple of strangers fighting over a rental car, ha! I actually enjoyed reading a story that depth was in the 1940s, definitely gave ya a little back in time aspect. A cute, cute read all the way to the end. Would recommend to anyone who loves a little time travel and mystery! The girls meet 2 soldiers about to go off to World War II, they fall in love, but they don’t tell them their secret. The guys don’t want them to leave. So, do the girls stay? or do their loves come with them into the future?
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It took a little while to get hooked, but once I was, I did not want to put this book down. I think it was once I hit the halfway mark that I couldn’t stop reading. Jackie and Megan are seemingly different women that are both looking for love, but don’t realize it. They get swept away to a different time and end up finding true love. The women are modern women and have a difficult time adjusting to the mindset of the 1940s. It was a bit annoying because surely they understood the way it was back then. Megan is an actress that starred in various productions staged in that era. Jackie shows just how addicted we are to our technology nowadays. But they do make an effort, and I liked watching their love blossom once they meet the two young men. The Christmas Town is a sweet, romantic, time travel story that left me with a smile and a giddy laugh at the end. Was it predictable? A bit. Did it leave me wanting more? Absolutely – in a good way and in a bad way. The story was quick and I would have liked a bit more from it. However, I wouldn’t want it any longer than it is. I don’t know if that makes much sense but this is one of those stories that I want to know more but I don’t want to read another hundred pages. Was it worth the read? You bet. I liked the little twists at the end. The book of stories was a nice touch as was the very end. ;-) Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It is a sweet, romantic, Christmas book. Will I read it again: This may not be a “read every year” book, but it will be one that I visit again. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
I was asked to review this book a few weeks before Christmas, which is the primary reason I agreed to read it. The title and the timing just made me think that the book would be a great review for this holiday season. I don't know if I really felt like this story is really a Christmas story though. It took place at Christmas time, but the main focus is the love story and World War II. It is a really good story, and I could definitely see it as a Hallmark Christmas movie. It took me a little while to get into the plot mostly because the two main female characters, Megan and Jackie, are very argumentative with each other. They start out in the 21st century, both trying to get home for Christmas. They have never met before, but a helpful stranger offers them his rental car, the last one at the airport. The stipulation is that they have to share it. As they are driving to Portland through blinding snow, they are transported to a tiny town in 1943. They argue about where they are, how to get home, what to tell people, and even how to blend into the local culture. once they accept that they aren't in the 21st century any more, I was able to get more into the plot. Both girls end up falling in love with men going off to war. They learn what it is like to be really in love, but also to fear for the life of the one you love due to wartime. The book contains a lot of war history that I probably never paid attention to in school, but would have if it had been presented the way the author wrote it. I feel like I learned a lot in an entertaining way. I really enjoyed the story and loved the ending.
The Christmas Town is an interesting Time Travel/ Romance. It will make you laugh, smile, and cry as you join four people,Jackie,Megan, Danny and Jeff, on a journey of a Christmas miracle. From present day to 1943,caught between wanting to go home,the present and their love for each other. Two women, Megan and Jackie meet two soldiers, Danny and Jeff and find themselves caught between the present and the past,the desire to go back to the present and their love of two soldiers. Because its Christmas,of course, a miracle may just happen. If you enjoy Christmas spirit,the past,adventure, and romance than "The Christmas Town" is definitely up your alley. Be warned, you will find yourself turning pages, as you read this story of love and romance. A perfect Christmas story! If you do not particular care for Time Travel stories, please do not let this stop you, you will not be disappointed. You will be taken back in time,though. Well written with an interesting storyline, intriguing characters who are engaging,humorous at times and who will steal your heart. If you enjoy Christmas stories with a twist than you will enjoy "The Christmas Town". A sweet Christmas romance. A recommended Christmas time read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or publicist. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
This was a fast, fun read, delightful from start to finish. I loved the two main characters. I'll read it again in December.