In Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge is first visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him of the three ghosts who will be visiting him over the next few days. In the new novel Jacob T. Marley, R. William Bennett brings us deeper into the story of this man ~ who he was, how he came to be Scrooge's partner, and why he became involved in Scrooge's transformation that one Christmas Eve.
I absolutely loved this story! Bennett weaves such a wonderful background to accompany A Christmas Carol, and in my opinion, it fits perfectly with the original story. It tells of Marley's childhood and why he became so absorbed in business and making money to the detriment of his family and relationships. It tells of how Marley came to meet Scrooge and take him in as a partner, and how he molded Scrooge into the man we met in Dickens' story.
Bennett's story of Marley's life and his reasoning for visiting with Scrooge after death feel so right. I came to really care about both Marley and Scrooge, despite how terrible they both were to some of the people they encountered. And I loved delving more deeply into the ghostly visits, seeing Marley's point of view when Scrooge sees him in the door knocker and in his bedchamber, and during the visits of the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. I understood both Scrooge and Marley more fully after reading Jacob T. Marley.
If you are a fan of A Christmas Carol, you have to read Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett. One of the best parts is that Bennett writes in a similar style to that of Dickens, making it feel even more authentic. It is just wonderful!
My Rating: 5/5
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This review was written based on an ebook copy of Jacob T. Marley that I received from Shadow Mountain through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.