By Elyse Douglas
Genre: Time Travel Romance/Women’s Fiction
30-year-old Eve Sharland is browsing a Pennsylvania antiques store when she discovers an old brass lantern tucked away on a shelf. She lifts it and sees something behind one of the sooty glass panes. To her surprise, she finds an unopened letter stuck inside.
The letter is postmarked December 24, 1885, and it is addressed to Evelyn Sharland in New York City. Eve gasps and drops the letter. That’s her name! The letter is addressed to someone with her name in 1885: Evelyn Sharland.
Eve purchases the lantern and the letter, and returns to her New York City apartment. Later that evening, she opens the letter and reads it, astounded by its contents. She stares at the lantern in wonder and alarm, deeply moved by the story of a tragic romance.
A few days later, following a request in the letter, Eve cautiously lights the lantern. To her utter shock, she finds herself in the past—in 1885 New York City. Eve is thrown into a life far beyond what she could have ever imagined, as she gets involved with one of the richest families in New York City, and meets the handsome Patrick Gantly. She must struggle to survive and return to her own time, even as her destiny is changed forever.
Let me start by saying…I love the cover. This cover just makes you want to fall in and lose yourself in a great story.
The story itself is pretty entertaining. I enjoyed the time periods and the mystery surrounding the letter. Where did it come from? How is she related to Eve? What happened to the lovers and what in the devil does the lantern have to do it? The mystery kept me reading this tale of long lost love.
However, there are many places the author states the obvious and the conversations are a little stilted. I also felt Eve needed a little bit more life and substance. She is a little one dimensional. I had some trouble relating to her.
But, the story surrounding the letter and the lovers is enough to keep the novel moving along.
I received this novel from the author for a honest review.
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 grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers, and played piano professionally for 15 years. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922. Their cat, Sir Eaton, loves to take sips from a good glass of Pinot Noir.
Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: “The Other Side of Summer,” “The Christmas Bridge,” “Wanting Rita,” “The Christmas Diary” and “The Summer Diary.” They live in New York City.
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