A Timeless Christmas

A Timeless Christmas

by Alexis Stanton

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They’re from two different centuries,
but they’re perfect for each other.

Megan Turner is in love with the past. As a tour guide at a beautiful historic mansion, she tells visitors about its original owner, Charles Whitley. An inventor and businessman in the early 1900s, he rose from poverty to wealth…only to disappear without a trace.

Charles was always intrigued by the future. He just never expected to go there. But when he repairs a mysterious clock he bought on his travels, he’s transported to the twenty-first century, with his home decorated for Christmas and overrun by strangers.

Charles is determined to find a way back to his own era, especially when he learns about what happened after he left. But as Megan introduces him to the wonders of smartphones, pizza, and modern holiday traditions, they both feel a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Could it be that, somewhere in time, they belong together?

This magical holiday romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Stuffed Crust Italian Pizza.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947892347
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 10,871
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alexis Stanton is the pen name for a award-winning romance author who lives in Central California with her husband, a fellow romance author, and their two cats. She enjoys spending too much time on the internet, baking, and listening to music from the '80s.

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A Timeless Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Megan loves everything about the past, particularly the turn of the century, and as a reenactment actor at the Whitley-Moran Mansion Museum, she guides visitors through the stately home, answering questions and sharing her tiny little secret: she’s got a crush on the home’s first owner and builder, inventor and steel magnate Charles Whitley, who disappeared without a trace one night in 1902. Finally with her PhD in history, her goal is to teach at the local university, but her application is delayed as she waits for a letter of recommendation promised yet not delivered. But, everyone is gearing up for the holidays and the big party held at the mansion, hoping to see an uptick in both visitors and buzz. Yet all is not smooth, Megan’s former boyfriend and fellow reenactor is demanding a raise and more attention, with funds tight – he walks off leaving them stranded. The ensuing shuffle to decide who is playing whom brings the small staff into chaos, made even more confusing and curious when Megan, on her last tour for the evening, encounters the Charles Whitley in his study, and the interactions with this strange man go viral in seconds. Charles Whitley is a self-made man, working his way up from laborer to owner and inventor, with several businesses and a fortune to his name. Whitley Manor was designed and built to his specific wishes, it is to be a wedding gift to his fiancé. Constantly on the move for new and better, engrossed in his work and the next innovation, he’s just returned from a trip to France, and is determined to unpack two boxes full of treasures and trinkets. Of particular interest is a mantlepiece clock, a pretty item without maker’s mark or solid provenance, his gift to his fiancé to make up for his lack of time spent with her. Noting the clock isn’t working, he decides to puzzle out the why, and is soon engrossed in the inner workings, until a spring flies free and he’s soon standing in his study, noting the Christmas decorations and strangers at the door. Soon it is clear to all (with the help of an adorable daughter of one of the reenactors) that Charles is just who he claims, and that not only does he need help functioning in the new place, but that much of what passed after his disappearance is unknown to him. Perhaps here the mystery can be solved, for at least a handful of museum employees. Megan, drawn to Charles from her work becomes his unofficial tour guide to the 21st century, explaining technology, shopping and even infecting him with her own particular brand of Christmas spirit, showing him the future he never dreamed of, and providing insight into the true meaning of holiday spirit. It’s not one-sided however, as Charles’ words and confidence in each of them inspires them to move forward in their own lives. And with the ‘how to get back’ puzzle mostly sorted, and the missing spring from the clock found, it’s Christmas Eve and time for Charles to return to 1902, reclaim his life and push his rival, Moran, out of the picture. Cleverly done, with a bit of all too convenient romantic set up, this is a happy ever after story with lots of joy and the feel of Christmas, and a touch of history tossed in for good measure. Each of the characters had something special to add to the story, and played a solid part in the changes that come to Charles, with their easy acceptance of him, the camaraderie of the staff at the museum and the predictable, but sweet ending.
Anonymous 12 months ago
A perfect read for the holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A timeless and enjoyable holiday read.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is a super quick read that I enjoyed. I love getting that “Hallmark” feeling as I read a book. This book reminded me a bit of “The Spirit of Christmas” on Netflix. The whole time you know it has to work out but the author does a great job keeping you guessing on how it is going to happen. If you love a good Hallmark movie I have no doubt you will enjoy this book. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
MTCKMason More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Megan and Charles' story. Megan works at the Whitley-Moran Mansion reliving history every day. This is the type of history I have always enjoyed - seeing history come alive in these old homes and learning more about the times and how people lived during certain eras in our history. Going through the house on her tour made the reader feel as if they were there with the rest of the group and can only imagine what it looked like especially during the holiday season. There is a mystery about the original owner of the house and no one can figure out whatever happened to Charles Whitley. It was refreshing to see things we take for granted through the eyes of someone out of time when Charles somehow ends up in present day and finds himself a stranger in his own house. When Charles finds out the fate of his house and those he knew, he must make a choice to return to his own time or to stay and see where life would take him. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank NetGalley and Hallmark for this privilege.
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
A Timeless Christmas is one of the best Christmas romances I've read in a while. Part of the allure is the time travel aspect which adds an interesting twist to the story, but more than that, it's the characters who pull you in and have you cheering for them all the way! Can't wait to see the movie!
Bibliophagist More than 1 year ago
Charles Whitely lived during the late 1800's-1900's. He rose from nothing to amass a great fortune as an inventor and entrepreneur. He built a grand mansion for his fiance. When he returns home from a trip abroad, and while tinkering with a clock he brought back from his travels, he experience's a life altering event. Megan is a history buff. She earned her PhD in American History. She is currently working as a reenactment actor at the historic Whiteley-Moran mansion. The mansion has been preserved since the mysterious disappearance of Charles Whitely, in 1902. One day, while leading a tour group, she comes to Charles Whitely's study to find a man in the room. He looks familiar. As she soon finds out, he is the real Charles Whitely. He was transported from 1902. Megan and her small group of reenactors befriend him. Megan shows him the wonders of modern day life. As they spend time together, their feelings for one another grow. But Charles must return to 1902. Charles has found that his fiance, Eliza, wound up marrying his nemesis and archrival, Mr Moran. Moran moved into Charles' mansion, married his fiance and took over the life that Charles worked so hard for. He can't allow that to happen. A plan is put into place to, hopefully, transport him back to 1902. But is what he is going back for in the past more important than what he has found in the future? The characters were well developed and it was a sweet story. But too many important facts were not addressed. If he goes back to 1902, what will happen to history? The people that won't be born because Eliza doesn't marry Moran. The children that Whitely will now have with Eliza. The mansion that is a living part of history won't be for people to experience anymore... It is all this that made the book less enjoyable for me. I'm giving it 4 stars because it is a sweet and well written book. I think others will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story and characters are incredible. I did not foresee the remarkable ending.
TracyFritts1974 More than 1 year ago
I thought the storyline was good and well written. This is an a time travel romance. The pages went smoothly and it has me hooked from the first chapter. Thank you Hallmark Publishing via Netgalley for the copy of this book. This is my honest opinion and all the comments are my own.
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Lynne Ernst More than 1 year ago
Love Christmas books. Favorite time of the year. A Timeless Christmas is a new twist for Hallmark....time travel. Very well written and a deeper look back in time leading to a better person in the future. Very enjoyable!! Looking forward to see this book as a movie.
KaylaWilliams More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book is so gorgeous and magical and the story itself was just as magical! Time travel stories are so much fun to read and this one definitely did not disappoint! I can see this being a story that I read every year at Christmastime and never tired of reading. It was perfect for getting yourself in the Christmas spirit and I didn't want to put the book down! If you know someone who loves reading, this would make a great Christmas gift. A Timeless Christmas is one of the more recent Hallmark books that does not have a movie that accompanies it, but I really hope this becomes a Hallmark movie in the future because I loved it! I recommend this book for fans of Hallmark movies and Christmas fanatics.
AFerri More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read time travel books, but I'm so glad I read this one. It was very well written and holds your attention from beginning to end. This is a Hallmark book so it is suitable for all ages and has a great sounding recipe at the end. Would make a great Christmas gift. Thank you Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion of this book.