Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review: Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.

Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful "Mrs. Sydney" from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

ebook, 48 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After 

Kristine's Thoughts:

* I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

What would you do if you traveled to the past and found that you were stuck with no way to return to the present? This is the dilemna that Sydney finds herself in. Will events and her actions change the course of history? She has only one solution according to protocol but when her secret is discovered by handsome Miles Griffin on Christmas Eve, she finds herself questioning her original plan.

This story moves quickly as it is only 48 pages long. I found it to be cute and well written but because of the length it lacked some of the emotion that I was craving. Although there was chemistry between Sydney and Miles I did not feel it as strongly as I would have if there had been more build up to it. Also, Sydney's dilemna was so enormous that it would have been better served with more pages. There was enough of a story that I feel it would have made for a great full length novel, filling in holes and capturing more of the emotion and chemistry.

If you are looking for a quick, easy Christmas read then I recommend picking up Christmas Past. Even though it is short and wraps up quickly, it is still a cute pre-Christmas read.

About the Author
Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grae. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did. 
When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books, the opening decaes of the 19th century. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.
Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows.


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