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12.16.2013

Review: Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser
Romance, Time Travel
Ebook $1.99 (39 pages, EVER AFTER)
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.

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Love time-travel romance & the holiday season? (4 stars)

When it comes to time travel romances there are a lot of places and times I'm just not interested. That almost kept me from reading CHRISTMAS PAST but I'm really glad it didn't. While simplistic and plenty easy to pick apart when it comes to the pseudo-science of it, CHRISTMAS PAST is one of those short and sweet stories I thrive on this time of year.

Sydney is a modern woman trapped in the past when her time machine stops working. She was only there to observe and take samples, time travelers are scientists with a strict code to follow should anything prevent them from returning. Set on following the code to prevent making changes to the past by being there beyond her mission she is discovered by the handsome captain, Miles Griffin. She's been very attracted to Miles and finds that the feeling is mutual. Could sharing one night—a lonely Christmas Eve—destroy the future as she knew it?

Yep, a simple and short story of love discovered under impossible circumstances, on Christmas Eve. It's terrific in that Fraser doesn't dwell too much on the details of the time, nor the details of the science of time travel. She covers just what we need to know in order to understand the situation then focuses the tale on Miles and Sydney. While he's not as well developed as I'd have liked it suits the short format and would make for a nice got-the-shopping-and-wrapping done treat to get you in the holiday spirit.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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