Skip to main content

Book Review: Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett


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

For more information, visit the author's website
Read an excerpt

Read my review of The Christmas Gift by R. William Bennett


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.

Comments

  1. This sounds like a really great find. Thanks for your great review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love A Christmas Carol and it sounds like this would be a great book for me to read. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This sounds great - it is definitely going on my list for next Christmas!

    Do you think it is appropriate for teens? Our family loves to listen to an audio of A Christmas Carol this time of year (we've listened to many different versions), and I'm wondering if everyone would like this instead next year?

    Sue

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mundie Moms are hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate. To stick with the theme of Independence Day, I'm doing what I did last year for this hop: I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States. It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from Book Depository . The contest ends on Thursday, July 5th at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and fun holiday! Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway Now check out all of the other giveaways you can enter at the links below!

Freedom Giveaway Hop

Simply Stacie and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer are hosting the Freedom Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate. To stick with the theme of Independence Day: I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States. It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from the vendor of my choice. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite U.S. author (this doesn't have to be the author of the book you choose if you're the winner). Include your email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only. I've decided to open this up to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address. For extra entries: Leave a separate comment if you follow My Book Retre

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!

This week, I'm participating in the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer . I'm giving away a book of your choice  up to $10 from Book Depository. It's that simple. Just visit  Book Depository and choose any book that is selling for $10 or less. This giveaway is open to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address ( click here to check ). The contest ends on Monday, March 5, 2012, at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be picked using Random.org and notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what book you want to win. Check out all the other participants in the giveaway hop!