on October 23rd, 2018
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They’re from two different centuries,
but they’re perfect for each other.
Megan Turner is in love with the past. As a tour guide at a beautiful historic mansion, she tells visitors about its original owner, Charles Whitley. An inventor and businessman in the early 1900s, he rose from poverty to wealth…only to disappear without a trace.Charles was always intrigued by the future. He just never expected to go there. But when he repairs a mysterious clock he bought on his travels, he’s transported to the twenty-first century, with his home decorated for Christmas and overrun by strangers. Charles is determined to find a way back to his own era, especially when he learns about what happened after he left. But as Megan introduces him to the wonders of smartphones, pizza, and modern holiday traditions, they both feel a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Could it be that, somewhere in time, they belong together?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Timeless Christmas is a standalone novel by Alexis Stanton.
Megan Turner wants to be a University lecturer teaching history. Until she gets her dream job she enjoys working at a historic mansion originally owned by Charles Whitley. Charles is famous for his inventions and as a businessman in the early 1900s. He is also a mystery because one day he just disappeared from his home and was never found again.
During one of her guided tours where she takes part in re-enacting life in the mansion, Megan leads her group to Charles’ study. A new actor was there playing the part of Charles to an absolute tee. He couldn’t have got it wrong because he wasn’t an actor, he was the real Charles. He had time travelled whilst working on a clock he had picked up in Paris!
The scene where Charles first encounters all the strange people rudely entering his study all dressed ridiculously and holding strange devices in their hands (their phones) was a real pleasure to read. From there he convinced Megan and the others that worked at the mansion that he was the real Charles. He had to find a way back to his own time, but in the meantime, he would act as himself at the mansion in order to earn wages and have a place to stay until he could get back to his time.
I really liked the premise of this story and the first part of the book where Charles first arrives in the future was fabulous. I loved the scenes where he realised what happened, and where Megan had to come to terms with the fact that he was really from the past. The possible romance between them was sweet but although I knew there would be a time when he would have to choose between staying in the future or going back to his time, I didn’t get a sense of urgency. I didn’t need to read as quickly as I could to find out how the book would end.
I also think that although Charles was an open-minded person, after his initial arrival in the future he seemed to take to life in that century too easily. I started to forget that he was even from the past. He lost a lot of his old school charm as quickly as he lost his old-fashioned clothes.
On the whole, the book was nice, and I am glad that I read it despite it being a little unbelievable at times.