The Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas…Blog Tour Stop, Giveaway, & Review


About The Christmas Bridge
Print Length: 183 pages
Publication Date: September 15, 2015

A First Love. A Second Chance.
A young widow travels to New York on business a few days before Christmas. She has reluctantly made a date with a lover she hasn’t seen in 20 years, and she is nervous and apprehensive. Twenty years before, she made a difficult decision that has both troubled and haunted her ever since. She knows she’s about to come face-to-face with her past and she’s hoping for some redemption and resolution. She also wonders if she can somehow pick up where she left off 20 years ago and start again.
An exciting chance encounter changes everything. Now, not only will she face the past with hope to rekindle an old romance, but there is the possibility that this chance meeting will bring her love and happiness she never thought possible.
Once again, she will have to choose. She will have to make the right decision. She will have to believe that Christmas miracles can still happen.

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Full disclosure: I love holiday romances. It’s all I read beginning Thanksgiving weekend and all the way through to the New Year. It’s a thing with me. Elyse Douglas’s The Christmas Bridge upped my timeline a bit, but it still put me in the spirit despite what the calendar said.

The Christmas Bridge has many of the things I love about holiday romances. Second chance at love. New York City setting (though I also love a mountain/ranch setting, too). Buddy the Elf – no, I’m kidding!

Olivia is a widow and looking for a second chance at love with a man she met while attending art school. She takes a chance and contacts him when she has an opportunity to go to New York City. They have some unfinished business after Olivia left him for another man because of an unplanned pregnancy. But her life takes yet another unexpected turn when she meets a man on the same bridge in Central Park where 20 years earlier she met the old boyfriend.

Olivia is a heroine I can relate to in that she’s mature. She’s learned from past mistakes and doesn’t let things that have happened in the past frighten her into not trying to find love again. With her life in perspective, Olivia is free to make decisions that feel right to her. A twist toward the end helps her sharpen that perspective even more.

Now throw in a little Christmas magic when things look hopeless and The Christmas Bridge fits in nicely as a heartwarming holiday read.


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About the authors:


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Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington.

Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Columbia University. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist. She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed five novels: The Astrologer’s Daughter, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town and The Christmas Diary.

Douglas grew up in a family where music and astrology were second and third languages. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years. His two detective books include Death is Lookin’ for Elvis and Death is a TapDancer. His great great grandfather lived to be 132 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1928.

Elyse Douglas live in New York City.

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Elyse Douglas’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 16th: Majorly Delicious
Tuesday, November 17th: Book Nerd
Thursday, November 19th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Monday, November 23rd: Bibliotica
Wednesday, November 25th: Read Love Blog
Friday, November 27th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 30th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, December 2nd: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, December 3rd: Romance Novels for the Beach
Monday, December 7th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, December 10th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, December 14th: Written Love Reviews
Monday, December 14th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Tuesday, December 15th: FictionZeal
Wednesday, December 16th: The Romance Dish
Friday, December 18th: A Splendid Messy Life



  1. I don’t often read holiday romances but I always enjoy them when I do. This one sounds sweet and fun and perfect for the holiday season!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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