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Thirty-year-old Eve Sharland is browsing a Pennsylvania antique store when she discovers an old brass lantern tucked away on a shelf. She picks it up 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.

©2016 Elyse Douglas (P)2019 Tantor

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light and compelling

loved this book cant wait to read the other two in the series. to follow Eve and Patrick..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2019

Obsessed

This book was incredible! The way it’s written is nothing short of beautiful, entertaining, and enchanting. I couldn’t stop! I can’t wait to listen again!

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  • nlwitherspoon
  • 30-08-2019

Christmas Eve letter

Hated to have to put it down. This was a very good book. I will be looking for more from this author.

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  • LarksFreeSpirit
  • 27-11-2019

Enchanting story!

Enchanting story! Loved it! Happy that the story line came full circle. Well narrated too!

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  • zzmadam
  • 13-11-2019

Love it!

What a f great time traveling story . Perfect listen anytime but especially good near the holidays!

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  • Carmen Moore
  • 19-08-2020

Not sure if it was the writing or the narrating

I wanted to like this book. It has an interesting premise and I love a good holiday romance but there was something about the writing style that almost seemed juvenile or forced. The way she would describe things almost seemed like she was looking words up in a thesaurus and would get long winded at times and then not explain enough during other times. And I am not sure if it was just the writing or the narrating but it was halting and not smooth. Like you are being read the book aloud in an english class and not by a professional narrator. Overall, I kept trying to make myself listen to it to finish but I couldn't. 3 hours left and I am so annoyed by the book I have no desire to see what happens or hear the narrator anymore.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-2019

Had potential

The idea for this book had potential, but the execution, both in writing and narration left much to be desired. Many inconsistencies in the story left me sometimes confused and sometimes frustrated. The heroine had too many moments of, to borrow the phrase from the author, "female hysteria". The narrator was very hard to listen to. Not much inflection and many strange pauses.

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  • Annieonymous
  • 17-12-2019

Good Audiobook, If Over-Pronounced

Overall a very nice audiobook. The story was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were several unexpected twists that kept it quite interesting for me. While the narrator did a good job with overall story pacing, characters, and accents, she over-pronounced everything throughout the book. I found this very distracting— it really jogged me out of the listening experience. I would’ve preferred a narrator that didn’t read with such forced diction. Overall a good audiobook.

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  • Deborah
  • 23-10-2019

Wow! Just wow!

I was looking for a good, heartwarming Christmas story, stocking up for all the baking and holiday preparations. I found this amazing story. So good! So well written! Thank you to the author. I love your imagination! And the narrator was excellent! This story is definitely a keeper.

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  • Pat S.
  • 09-01-2020

More please!

This book transforms you back to 1885 walking the streets of New York City. Awesome classic time travel and love story. Can't wait for her next book.

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  • Cindy Rae
  • 01-01-2020

An intriguing and mysterious tale, captivating until the finish!

I really enjoyed this story, different from what I usually read. The idea of going back in time is not new, but in this book, it was believable and carefully crafted. Narration at times was occasionally mundane, but most of the time it was stellar, especially when speaking in Irish brogue. I loved the characters and the imaginative scenes, which easily drew me into this realistic fantasy. It was both suspenseful and romantic, and held my attention until the very end. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • C. Davey
  • 02-08-2020

Sooooo drawn out and boring

Purchased this based on reviews. But after trying to get into it for 2+ hours, I just gave up. There’s too much mind numbingly irrelevant information. I don’t care what colour and condition the protagonist‘s dog’s fur is or anything else about him, when he plays no significant role in the narrative. It feels like the author is adding unnecessary padding. I suspect this might appeal to the Mills and Boon crowd if they have patience, but 2 hours in I wasn’t caring about any character or their dog!

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  • kuska
  • 26-05-2020

A good listen not only for the winter

This is a good one. The story is quite enchanting and gripping. Just as for my personal taste the descriptions might seem sometimes a little bit pretentious. I don't like having all the details of what someone was feeling in that particular moment or how they were clenching something if there're many other details already. Also, all those books are built up on a particular scheme and it's clearly visible. The scheme that all the guides tell you to use. The thing is the tension is sometimes also built up too much. I had to forward the audio when she finally started fighting with matches after all other difficulties had piled up. Oh, God, not my element, really. BUT. As I've said, this is my personal taste. And such detailed despriptions might be a good point if we talk about the 19th century writings. Only there aren't so many nature descriptions in fact but still it makes it somehow closer to 1885. Anyway, what startled me most at the end of the book is that Patrick seems to have lost his identity with his timetravel. Not only when it comes to his ID card and no record of his birth in the modern world but literally. So far he'd been an intelligent man who didn't sit in silence and when he got out of the hospital he didn't seem to speak much and his lines were rather dull and nothing meaningful. One more thing: don't look for any scientific accuracy of time travels and you won't feel disappointed.

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  • Maggie Stark
  • 17-01-2020

Fantastic

This book was absolutely Fantastic even th Narrator it was just an unusual and Different from other books

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  • Sarah
  • 19-12-2019

very good novel

great novel but the reader was very robotic so it sounded very stiff. would have been better with a warmer reader.

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