Miss Marley: A Christmas Ghost Story - A Prequel To A Christmas Carol by Vanessa LafayeMiss Marley: A Christmas Ghost Story - A Prequel To A Christmas Carol by Vanessa Lafaye

Miss Marley: A Christmas Ghost Story - A Prequel To A Christmas Carol

byVanessa Lafaye

Hardcover | October 30, 2018

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'Exquisite' Veronica HenryBefore A Christmas Carol there was. Miss MarleyA 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.Praise for Miss Marley:'A spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope' Mail on Sunday'Redemptive. a fitting legacy for a writer who is so sadly missed' Red'evocative' Heat'delightful' Sunday Mirror'a reminder of the power of kindness and love' StylistA 'gem of a tale' Sunday Express'A beautifully written Dickensian tale' Candis'Captivating . A beautiful and tender fable' Daily Express'Fantastic' Good Housekeeping'ghosts, goodwill and hope on every page' My Weekly'Lafaye masterfully brings the setting of 19th-Century London to life' Woman'Love, disappointment, kindness and greed all play their parts in this delightful companion piece to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol' Woman & Home'A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill that captures the atmosphere of Dickens' Yours'Exquisite' Veronica Henry'A beautiful, warm, rich hug of a story and bittersweet reminder to embrace life and enrich others as you go'  Liz Fenwick
Vanessa Lafaye was born in Florida and studied in North Carolina. She moved to the UK in 1999 (having been deported once). She is the author of two previous novels, her first book Summertime, was chosen for Richard and Judy in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Historical Writers Award. Vanessa passed away in February 2018.
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Title:Miss Marley: A Christmas Ghost Story - A Prequel To A Christmas CarolFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pagesPublished:October 30, 2018Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008306117

ISBN - 13:9780008306113

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Heartwarming story Miss Marley is a beautifully written novella that is a wonderful addition to the Christmas stories that we read at this time of the year. The story is told from the point of view of Clara Marley and is written with a sensitivity that embraces a personality which is the antithesis of what Jacob Marley is to become.  The novella traces the path of these two siblings, showing the reader that different responses to similar obstacles in life may have different outcomes. Both Clara and Jacob have the same experience (hunger, extreme poverty, rejection) and yet their response towards other people once they are able to change their circumstances, is different. I enjoyed reading this well-written piece that does justice to the original Dickensian story. It is a story that captures the heart and will be reread when I want to encapsulate the Christmas spirit.
Date published: 2018-12-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Miss Marley:'A spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope' Mail on Sunday'Redemptive. a fitting legacy for a writer who is so sadly missed' Red'evocative' Heat'delightful' Sunday Mirror'a reminder of the power of kindness and love' StylistA 'gem of a tale' Sunday Express'A beautifully written Dickensian tale' Candis'Captivating . A beautiful and tender fable' Daily Express'Fantastic' Good Housekeeping'ghosts, goodwill and hope on every page' My Weekly'Lafaye masterfully brings the setting of 19th-Century London to life' Woman'Love, disappointment, kindness and greed all play their parts in this delightful companion piece to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol' Woman & Home'A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill that captures the atmosphere of Dickens' Yours'Exquisite' Veronica Henry'A beautiful, warm, rich hug of a story and bittersweet reminder to embrace life and enrich others as you go'  Liz Fenwick'A charming, finely detailed and beautifully written jaunt through Dickens' London - a tale of heartbreak, love, kindness, and avarice. With Lafaye at her finest it's seamlessly finished by Mascull; this book is a total, total joy' Fionnuala Kearney'A moving companion piece to the classic A Christmas Carol, with all the traditional echoes of the Dickensian festive season woven through, and with tragedy and joy in equal measure. A delight' Essie Fox'Miss Marley has a fable-like quality that beautifully echoes the original with a directness that is both poignant and powerful' Rachel Malik'An absolute gem of a story. vivid and emotional on so many levels. It deserves to be in everyone's Christmas stocking' Juliet West