BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTMAS EVE DAUGHTER – A TIME TRAVEL NOVEL by Elyse Douglas

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

As a time-travel story, this is not quite it. The story absolutely includes time travel, but it’s what we in the science fiction world refer to as “tourist time travel” where there is no technology involved and no “other world” surprises, either. Time travel is not what the story is about, but rather simply a means of “getting there and back.” It’s just transportation, not the storyline.

In this kind of tale, the ‘traveler’ steps through a (suddenly appearing out of nowhere) wormhole or discovers a magic medallion, a lantern, a piece of clothing, a special page in a book … and miraculously finds her or himself in the past. After which, it’s time for romance.

Everyone lives happily ever after.

This being book two in the series, happily ever after is interrupted by the discovery that the man who came from the past has a previously unknown daughter. Will the magic time-travel lantern work one more time? Can the beautiful couple from modern New York go back in time and rescue the young woman?

This is not science fiction. It’s a romance novel with that includes time-travel. In fact, the formula for the book is identical to every romance I have ever read, except instead of traveling to a different physical location on Earth, the characters — all of whom are beautiful — travel through time.

As a former editor of the Doubleday Romance Library, I know a formula when I see one. As this kind of writing goes, the book is silkily written and well-edited. Very clean. If you are a fancier of romantic fiction, you will like it. It adds just a hint of “magic” to a traditional story.

Elyse Douglas is a good writer with a smooth touch. If I were still editing the library, she would get my vote.


About Elyse DouglasChristmas Eve Daughter: Time Travel Novel by 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: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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  1. You nicely differentiate what makes a sci-fi time travel subject different from a romance novel that uses ‘time travel’ as a bridge to a different point in a character’s story line. I have to get over my absolute hatred of time travel as a device to even consider picking up a book that contains the concept. That said, I absolutely loved it in the Harry Potter novel in which is turns out to be a key plot device. I think I prefer stories where you have two different time lines juxtaposed and the only cross-over is the discovery of letters to bridge the characters (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society being one in this style. I highly recommend it. Or another one where you jump back in points of the story to reveal facts discovered about a historical character that is being researched in a different time. A. S. Byatt wrote Possession and I just couldn’t put that one down. The last recommendation in which time travel is both invented and subsequently destroyed by its creator is the series by Jasper Fforde about his title character Thursday Next. I absolutely love the dry British wit of the writer and the comedic, over-the-top seriousness of his re-imagined England in which cheese is a contraband food and literary conceits can be crimes punishable by. It’s been years, so I can’t remember all those juicy points of fact that make a review more than a single statement of fact: “One damned fine book.” I generally avoid recommendations, because I fear putting someone off a book with my effusive intensity over something I loved. That, and I sometimes believe books find us when we are ready for them. It’s one of the few instances of magic I actually believe in.

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    • I REALLY loved the Thursday Next series. I was so sorry it ended. I’ve read Fforde’s other stuff, but never like them as well. I have his most recent book but haven’t had time to read it yet. It’s on my list. If you like Jasper Fforde, you would probably also love Terry Pratchett. Terry Pratchett’s books are … well … just amazing. And hilarious in ways I couldn’t begin to explain.

      I also like the way Connie Willis used time travel as a way of “importing ” readers so they could experience a different time from the inside, as it were.

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  2. I wish I could write romance novels, but every time I try it turns in to a work of sardonic flash fiction. I guess we write what we know whether we realize it or not. :p

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  3. Thanks for taking part in the tour. The book is not billed as science fiction at all. It is in the historical fiction/romance category.

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  4. Interesting! The last time travel book I’ve read was “Time Traveler’s Wife”

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  5. I put it on my list, Marilyn. Interesting to have a husband and wife team together to write.
    Leslie

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