The Christmas Diary

The Christmas Diary

by Elyse Douglas


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490444031
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2013
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 501,933
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up on the east coast, along with two sisters and a brother. Her sister and brother are fraternal twins, and Elyse shares the same birthday as her older sister. Elyse's mother was a painter and her father was a consultant in the textile industry. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master's Degree in English Literature.
Douglas grew up in a family of musicians and astrologers. His family were also avid readers. While attending the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Douglas wrote his first novel. His grandfather was a gifted story teller from Kentucky and Douglas spent many hours listening to him in wonder, remembering and documenting many of his tall tales.
Elyse Douglas met at a writer's workshop and were married soon thereafter. They have completed four novels. The Astrologer�s Daughter, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary and Christmas Ever After. They currently live in New York City.

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The Christmas Diary 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"The Christmas Diary" is a nice smooth read filled with emotions and a touch of the paranormal world. Elyse pens her characters well developed, believable and lovable in this Christmas romance story. Highly recommended for all who love a nice enjoyable romance tale. *5 Stars* This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Christmas Romance This is a story about self discovery, love and redemption.  I loved the mystery of the diary, the touch of the paranormal and the journey both characters had to make to change their lives.
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Richard Paul Evans novels then you definitely want to grab The Christmas Diary. This is a super quick read that you pick up on a Saturday afternoon and devour in one sitting. One glorious afternoon sitting. It is a story of love and changes with a paranormal twist. The story involves Alice, Phillip (her fiancee) and Jack, the author of the journal she reads at the B & B. From that minute on the course of her life changes. She sets off to find out what happened to the man who wrote the journal and kind of puts her own engagement on hold, much to the anger of Phillip. I adored this book. It was quick and simple and really perfect. I loved how everything was tied together through a ghost. Jack is probably the best character in the story. He's a good guy, with a hard life, and it is the diary given to him by his wife that Alice finds and reads. That diary changes everyone's life. Alice is what you'd expect from a romance novel heroine. Things aren't happening right for her and her relationship isn't quite right. You know that from the start. Her employee doesn't like him, her fiancee's mother doesn't like her. Her business is failing. You know something has to happen, and it does and it makes for a great read! A quick holiday read that makes me think of Lifetime and Hallmark channel movies. review copy provided by the author for an honest review
deannad414 More than 1 year ago
Reading “The Christmas Diary” was like reading a fairy tale romance story. It reminded me a bit of the movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, and I could easily see this being made into a Lifetime TV holiday movie. Those were my immediate thoughts while reading this book. The story revolves around Alice. While traveling through a snowstorm, just days before Christmas and her own wedding, she finds herself snowed in and stuck at a B&B. Trying to past the time, she comes across a diary, written a good 10 years before. She finds herself curious about the man who wrote it, and decides to find out what happened to him and his family. She quickly and easily finds out enough information about the man, and is soon face-to-face with the Jack, the owner of the diary. I enjoyed reading this story, and thought the overall storyline was interesting. I did feel that the relationships between the characters, especially where the kids were concerned, were a bit unbelievable, as the story was too rushed. There was a lot going on, and it was all taking place in the 6 days before Christmas. Had the time frame been a bit longer, it would’ve been much more realistic. But overall, ‘The Christmas Diary’ is a sweet holiday love story and a perfect book to curl up on the couch with a nice cup of hot cocoa. Yum :) *Disclaimer-I received a complimentary copy of this book for review and all opinions are my own.