A Timeless Christmas | By Alexis Stanton
About the Author
Alexis Stanton aka Eva Leigh is an award-winning romance author. She has written a number of historical romance books under the name Eva Leigh and is all set for the new series “The Union of the Rakes” in 2019.
Megan Turner, a tour guide at a historical mansion in Cutter Spring is in love with the past. Charles Whitley who lives in 1902 is always intrigued about the future. This Christmas, while repairing a mysterious clock for his fiancé, Charles finds himself in the 21st century in his own mansion.
Charles and Megan who are two entirely different people find a connection in this bizarre situation slowly begin to fall for each other. However, Charles is determined to go back to his own time to right the wrong in the past.
Will Charles and Megan find a happy ending in this unusual love story?
I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley. I would like to thank the author and the publishers for providing me with a copy of the book.
Narrative and plot
The narrative was somewhat ok for me. I wasn’t a fan of the voice in the book but at the same time, there was nothing wrong with it. It was just fine.
However, the plot I am always a fan. I love time travel books, particularly if it is a love story. The whole setting of time travel and how one copes with it always amuses me. This book had a lot of such instances and it always brought a smile on my face.
Characters and conflict
You have two main characters and they are in fact very strong personalities. One is set in the past but is always looking towards the future. The other is living in the future but is passionately in love with her history. How contrasting yet connecting are these two!! This calls for an extraordinary love story.
Perhaps that is one reason the book couldn’t convince me that that is all there is to it. I wanted more conflict, more drama. This is supposed to be your soothing Christmas read and I am aware of that. But there was only one conflict in the entire book and you have an idea as to how it is going to come out. So, there is not much of a challenge as far as the reader is concerned.
Despite that, the book did a great job with what it had. There wasn’t a dull moment in the back. The supporting characters didn’t have much to offer. Still their presence was a pleasant one.
The other thing I wanted to address was at times the book sounded insensitive to its characters. The fact that a person had traveled through time was expressed in a rather indifferent way. It is not one of the first guesses, that you make when you suddenly wake up and find a different environment around you. Even if you are someone who is a loner like Charles Whitley. Megan’s reaction to the scenario was more genuine. The way these two interacted and how they fell for each other was beautiful and enjoyable to read.
Without a doubt, the book celebrates Christmas and the general vibe the festive season brings all around us. And that is perhaps one good reason to pick up this book during the holidays. The time travel premise is fascinating as always. The book doesn’t do a lot to surprise you but it is a feel-good holiday read with a fantasy element.
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