Book Review: Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister by Vanessa Lafaye

January 22, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★½

OK, so I’m late posting this book review Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister by Vanessa Lafaye. And you might be thinking, hey that’s a Christmas story, it’s Jan now Trish! And I know but bear with me and I’ll explain all. Mostly I just want to you know that this is a beautiful story and perfect for when you need a reminder of the importance of being compassionate.

Book Review: Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister by Vanessa LafayeMiss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister by Vanessa Lafaye
Published by HQ on November 1, 2018
Genres: Christmas, Classic, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 162
Format: Hardcover
Source: Received from Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Before A Christmas Carol there was… Miss Marley
A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwillOrphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.
And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…
In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.

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My thoughts on Book Review: Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister by Vanessa Lafaye

Miss Marley is a beautifully written book that can be read at anytime, not just at Christmas. It features a character from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and its oozes an authentic Victorian London atmosphere.

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I embraced the Dickensian vibes and the warmth of the book and was very upset at the end to see the author died before publication. I thought it was great that she captured the poverty and harshness of the time whilst still remaining an inspirational (although undeniably sad) read.

It rings out a charming reminder that all actions have consequences and that you can’t put a price on kindness. What a beautiful message from a beautiful book.

Apart from the flawless words (obviously the most important part), the other thing I loved were the illustrations. They really added to whole package, and I know this is a book I will treasure and reread often.

Thanks to Harper Collins Ireland for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion. 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
four-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read Book Review: Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister by Vanessa Lafaye

I’d highly recommend this to fans of Dicken’s, to those who love classics, and to anyone who enjoys a poignant read with an inspirational message to take away from it.

four-half-stars

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