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Christmas Past

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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 s
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Published November 25th 2013 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Claire Robinson
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entangled, christmas
3.5- "Come with me. It's Christmas." Stars.

Another Quick seasonal read from the House of Entangled.

Sydney and Miles' interlude in 1810 was easy to immerse yourself in, time-travel told in under 50 pages is never going to get too technical now is it. But the story was sweet and the couple likeable. Past meets future in a sexy Christmas get together.

"I can't let myself change the past."

Worth grabbing if you a looking for a little escapism for an hour or so over the Christmas period.

ARC generously
This holiday short story is a bit of a change of pace for Fraser, since the heroine is a contemporary woman. Luckily she's a time traveller, so she still gets to hook up with one of Fraser's sexily honorable Regency heroes!

Ph.D. candidate Sydney has been studying in 1810 for several weeks when she discovers that her time machine no longer works. Protocol demands she blow up her machine and then kill herself, to protect her timeline. But before she can take the fatal step, Captain Miles Griffin c
So, this is a short story and, really, that's the problem with it. There's a lot of, "Oh, okay then" reactions from both characters. And there's not room for much more than that, but it's not very satisfying.

I would've given it three stars, but knocked it down to 2 because I wasn't satisfied with the resolution. Here's why. (view spoiler)
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Review: I loved the idea of the story, I just don't think she pulled it off very well. Sydney waffles too much between "I must do this!" to "if I've only got this much time left..." that she seemed much more flighty than you would consider an intelligent woman with a PhD to be. I also thought Captain Griffin was rather accepting of her explanation that she was from the future. Even for an educated and enlightened man, I would have thought he would have been a bit more taken aback at her revelati ...more
Tory Michaels
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is part of Entangled's Ever After line, and as such, is short, sweet and to the point. And that, I think, ended up being why I wasn't so thrilled with it. Don't get me wrong, it's still a 3-star rating, but I wasn't ecstatic about it like I have been with almost every other Entangled book I've read.

I liked that Ms. Fraser thought it was possible in some timeline somewhere time travel was invented before 2013, and that the possibilities for it as a research tool had been developed. She clear
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Sydney Dahlquist is stranded in 1810 after her time machine from 2013 failed to send her back to her own time. The rules of time travel include suicide if you are unable to get back to your original time, which Sydney is almost okay with. Soon she's discovered with the time machine, an iPad, and other gadgets from the future, by handsome Miles Griffin. Miles fully accepts her explanation of what the items are, the time from whence they and she came, and that she's stuck in 1810. What he does not ...more
Gigi staub
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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 fas
Nicky Peacock
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure why, but it’s lovely to get your hands (or eyes) on a book that ties into what’s going on in real life. I love reading seasonal books and there certainly isn’t any shortage of good Christmas romances that come out around this time.

Christmas Past adds in a more attractive facet to me – time travel. Although it doesn’t lean on it too much to the detriment to the romance.

The start of the book was a little shaky for me though. Most of the story is told in flashbacks which I felt robbed
DelAnne Frazee
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Christmas Past - Entangled Ever After
Author: Susanna Fraser
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC/Entangled After Dark
Published: 11-25-2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-388-0
E-Book ASIN:
Pages: 39
Genre: Romance
Tags: Paranormal, Time Travel, Novella

Sydney Dahlquist has tried everything and can not repair her time ship. stuck in Lisbon. That in itself is not a problem, but the fact that it is December 20, 1810 is.She knows the protocols, had even agreed with them in theory, but now that the time came to ca
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted on my blog, Becky on Books.

I loved the concept behind this story–using the ability to time travel to study history. As a junior high social studies teacher, I’m always telling my students that we’ll never know (fill in one of history’s mysteries here) until one of them makes a time machine (a long-standing extra credit opportunity; haven’t gotten one yet), goes back to that time period, finds out the truth, and reports back to the rest of us. If only!

I liked the characters in this
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love time-travel romance & the holiday season?

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 t
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
(This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

I've read a few time travel romances but I can't say I've read one that actually involves a machine and an actual job to do in the past. Oftentimes, the hero/heroine stumbles into the past by some random event or even by injury. That the ability to time travel was actually invented and
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-bookshelf
I've mentioned time and time again that I'm not a big novella or short story fan but I'll let you in on a little secret, the ones I'm almost always guaranteed to enjoy center around the holidays. Which is why I signed up for this tour.

I really liked this 48 page time travel Christmas romance (try saying that 10 times). I had a free half hour and was able to knock this one out quickly, and I was glad to give Susanna Fraser a try (finally) and thought that this little novella was a great introduct
Sydney is on her first journey as a time traveler. She has went back to 1810 to get blood samples and what should be an easy journey has become something more. Her machine has quit working and now she is trapped in that time. She knows protocol says she can't interfere or talk much to the people in the time. It could effect the future if she does. She is supposed to destroy the machine and herself. Miles is a captain with the army and has been keeping an eye on Sydney who he is very attracted to ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Christmas Past is a delightful holiday novella with a Science Fiction twist! Sydney is a time traveler who studies diseases from the past. On her venture to 1810, her time machine breaks down and she's stranded. According to the Protocol, she's suppose to destroy her time machine (disguised as a wagon) and down a fast acting poison. This is all to prevent changes to the past that may alter the future. However, as Sydney is about to take the pill, Miles Griffin
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Original review found at
* 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 Griff
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is short but cute story. Sydney was getting her PHD and was time traveling. She done a few times before so the could study what it was like back in whatever era they went to visit. On her last travel her time machine broke and was trapped back in 1810. Sydney has been there for three weeks and couldn't fix it. She been working with the injured and been flirting with a very handsome Captain Griffin. Sydney knew it was time to follow protocol to destroy the time machine and take the pois ...more
Breanna Eichhorn
I received this book as a gift in exchange for a honest review.
Sydney always follows the rules when she goes on a mission. She isn't suppose to make friends with anybody when she travels on these missions. Sydney is on a mission to collect data in a different time.

Sydney tries to fix her machine to take her home for Christmas. While she is trying to fix the machine she gets caught by her friend Captain Griffin. Sydney knows she can't tell anyone who she is. Captain Griffin is in the Army whil
Douglas Meeks
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a story that has such scope a short story like this has to cut a lot of corners to come in at about 40 pages.

The premise is captivating but the details are sketchy and this is a subject that has been used to write whole novel about so you have to accept up front there are going to be a lot of unanswered questions. The problem is that I assumed it would be in the technical aspects and not in the personal details.

Our heroine and hero are both done well but this almost sounds like the autho
Eva Millien
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This short and fast holiday read that is a fun and enchanting must read.

Sydney is a time-traveling PhD student and on her first mission she has to spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded among Wellington’s army. When her time machine breaks she must protect the timeline by following the Protocol. Fascinated with Sydney from the first meeting, Captain Miles Griffin stumbles upon her and the time machine and decides to seduce her into staying.

This enjoya
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sydney Dahlquist's time machine is broken. Protocol demands that she blow up her machine and that she then die so as not to change anything in the future. She has waited a week longer than she should have... hoping to be rescued. It is Christmas Eve and she cannot wait any longer...

Captain Miles Griffin was shocked to find the tall blonde who had caught his eye in a strange contraption in an abandoned barn. He had followed her on a whim thinking she may have been in trouble and needing assistanc
This is a really sweet quick read. I am not always into time travel romance, they get too science-y at times. But this was a really nice read. Sure, things take a turn into science-y at the very end, but the real meat of the story already happened so, it was easy to skim.

I really liked Sydney and Griffen getting together, although they seemed to be very naive and trusting folks. If somebody told me they were from the future with a time machine I would need serious proof. It would take a lot to c
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this story. Intelligent woman from one century falls for understanding man from another. If there was any fault it was that Miles accepts everything a bit too easily.

As readers of romance, we do expect a happy ending and got one. As one other review said, Sydney did seem to waffle a bit, but perhaps that was due to the length of the book more than her character. The internal conflict (waffling) would have been a bit less so (I think) if there had been more pages to work wi
Rosemary K
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sydney Dahlquist is a time traveler. The year is 1810 and she is in Lisbon to observe Wellington's army. While she is working in the military hospital, she meets Captain Miles Griffin. They are attracted but she rebuffs him. She can not change the timeline by getting involved. Everything changes. Her transport machine will not work. She is trapped here and can never go home. What will she do? Susanna Fraser's novella is such an enjoyable read. Sydney and Miles Griffin are such a perfect romantic ...more
This is a time travel short story, and the first book that I’ve read by Susanna Fraser. I have loved the time travel romances that I’ve read, but I have to admit this one fell a bit short for me. It is a cute story, but because it is short it is very to the point, and the excitement of how Sydney traveled back in time was missing since she has already been there for a fee weeks and has already been acquainted with Miles. It also seemed to focus on destroying the time machine rather than the coup ...more
Christmas Past is a sweet time travel romance. When Sydney finds herself stuck in 1810 after her time machine breaks, she must make a tough decision on what to do next. Unfortunately (or maybe on the bright side) Miles has found her secret. He takes her under his wing and talks her into waiting until after Christmas to make a final decision on her fate.

Of course the romance follows very quickly and it is a very sweet one. A very feel good style romance with one really good explosion (literally).
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Sydney Dahlquist is stuck in the past. Literally. Her time machine has broken and she must destroy it so as not to influence the time line. Miles Griffin has been watching Sydney and her strange habits of note taking and constant washing of her hands. He finds he is drawn to this tall beautiful mysterious woman. Since Sydney is stuck, she decides to let loose and have fun on her "last night".

This quasi historical 44 page short story is fascinating with its history
Julie Salinas
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a short story, good for those quick reads you want to sink into when you want escape into a different world. It involves time a time traveler stuck into the past. Even so, this is more a romance than anything else. I enjoyed the writing, and liked the time machine aspects. I wanted to but didn't love the way the relationship evolved, it was more what would be wished for but not what "rang my Christmas bells". I would have liked a bit more conflict between the main characters because of t ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a very good short story. My only wish was that it was written into a longer book! I would've loved getting more background on the characters involved and had their attraction more drawn out.

I do have to note that I loved how the author cast a very bright and intelligent girl as the "heroine" of sorts. She wasn't boring and weak like a damp washcloth- Sydney has some pizzaz!

Well done!
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sydney Dahlquest is in trouble, a time traveler from the future, her time machine has broken down in the year 1810. If she follows the protocol she must destroy her time machine and kill herself; however Captain Miles Griffin won’t allow her to sacrifice herself. How will she affect the future if she decides to stay?
A very sweet short read, the hero and heroine are very likable and the questions the book poses are interesting. Fun Read!
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