The Christmas Town by Elyse Douglas


Traveling home for Christmas, two modern women in their 20s are forced to drive together during a snowstorm, and they get lost. They cross a covered bridge and, suddenly, they enter the past, finding themselves in a small picturesque Vermont town in 1943. They meet two handsome soldiers, who are about to be sent off to war, and they fall in love with them, while also struggling to find a way to return home to their own time. 

With the soldiers’ help, on Christmas Eve, the two women finally have one chance to return to their own time, but they are caught between their love for the soldiers, and their desire to return to the present. At the last moment, they must make the difficult decision and, because it is Christmas, a miracle happens. 


I looked forward to reading this book. The description had me intrigued. I had to wait to borrow it. Sadly, I wasn't as captivated once I started reading it. I didn't connect with the girls in the story - I found Megan and Jackie, and their interactions a little annoying. There was a lot more narrative than I prefer in a book. The whole time travel premise was intriguing, but wasn't mapped out in a way that explained why only certain people who crossed the bridge went through time and others didn't, or at least I didn't see it. There was repetition that made the story lag. Even the romance had holes in it. They fell in love in two days, not much room there for building a romance. There may have been a moral behind the story, but I didn't get it. I did enjoy reading about the signs, advertisements, and even songs of the by gone era in the book. The mechanics were good, so there were not typos or errors to trip over. But overall, it was a book I could easily walk away from.

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