The Christmas town by Elyse Douglas review

Megan is the first character brought into the story. Visiting her parents for Christmas, her plane is rapidly diverted to Montpelier because of bad weather. An aspiring actress with a quirky attitude.

On the same flight is Jackie. Going to her boyfriend’s parent’s house for Christmas; an assertive and ambitious woman, who is on the same flight as Megan.

Their paths collide when they are forced to share the last rental car to travel to Portland.

The reader gets a quick idea of what the characters are like, a lot of conversation fills up the story, somewhat repetitive at times.

Their hectic journey forces them to drive into a snow storm, driving completely off track to somewhere very peculiar. A place where their phones don’t work and everything seems quite surreal.

I instantly got the feeling to where this story was heading. The author describes the scenes in great detail and authenticity.

The story moves at quite a slow pace, as it is revealed these two girls have wandered into a town that somehow goes back to 1943.

A very unusual storyline, the girls are not sure what to do, or how to get back.

When their car gets stolen, and the only means of getting back to the future, the girls have to desperately find the car.

Throughout their adventure in this time era, they meet people that forever change their lives; but still wanting to get back to their modern-day lives.

Forced to go to someone they didn’t want to deal with. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Although some aspects may hold some appeal, the story should have been considerably shorter, the writer tended to have unnecessary detail and events that weighed down the story.

More imaginative descriptions, and getting to the point quicker would have improved things considerably.

I tried to stay focused, but I felt the author put too much inconsequential things in, that didn’t add to the plot.

Coming to the end, I was hoping for more. I was a bit disappointed.

The ending  was way too long, the girls reflecting back on their experiences, how the men they meet  changed them, making them realise what they didn’t have, and what they actually wanted.


The ending pretty much what was expected.


Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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