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The Christmas Eve Letter

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Written By: Elyse Douglas

Narrated By: Madeleine Dauer

Date: July 2019

Duration: 11 hours 40 minutes


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.


  • Teddy R.

    I can’t seem to get enough of the husband and wife author team, Elyse Douglas! I have read several of their books and have loved all of them. The Christmas eve Series can be read out of order and I actually read the second book, ‘The Christmas Eve Daughter’ first. Your can read my review for book 2 here. Now for my thoughts on Book 1, ‘The Christmas Eve Letter’. Though the books in this series can be read out of order, I am so glad I went back and read this book after reading book 2. It gave me more of the back story on how the lamp used to time travel was found and how Eve met and fell in love with Patrick in 1885. When Eve found the lamp it contained a love letter to a distant relative, living in 1885 with Eve’s same name. She didn’t know that the lamp was a conduit to time travel but found out when she lit it and she woke up on a park bench in New York in 1885. She had know idea how she was going to get back to 2016 but in the meantime she wanted to find her distant cousin who she heard was dying of TB. Eve is a nurse and thought she may be able to help and also reunite her with the man who wrote the love letter. She thought that may be the key to finding the lamp to return to her time. There was quite a bit of intrigue and romance in ‘The Christmas Eve Letter’. I loved the interaction between Eve and Detective Sargent Gantly Patrick). The humor especially made it fun and delicious! The sense of time and place were captured beautifully and mad it quite believable. I loved learning more about the female doctor in 1885, Dr. Long and her relationship with Eve. I love strong female characters and Eve and Dr. Long are both strong. I loved ‘The Christmas Eve Letter’ for it’s intrigue, humor, and romance. Elyse Douglas is a excellent story teller and the character pop off the page and transport the reader into their lives. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was excellent and added to the story coming to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Laura Brown

    Simply put ...this book was AMAZING! The narrator did fantastic and I truly enjoyed her narration, voices, and her accents!

  • Anonymous

    I liked listening to this book, it was exciting and intriguing! good story

  • Simone Mathurin

    its like a life time movie. neat, tidey, and no surprises.

  • Hunters/Jumpers

    Great Book

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