Sunday, January 29, 2017

*Review* The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: October 20, 2015
Pages: 107


A delightful sequel to Dickens’s beloved A Christmas Carol by the bestselling author of First Impressions and The Bookman’s Tale 
On a hot summer day some twenty years after he was famously converted to kindness, Ebenezer Scrooge still roams the streets of London, spreading Christmas cheer, much to the annoyance of his creditors, nephew, and his employee Bob Cratchit. However, when Scrooge decides to help his old friend and former partner Jacob Marley, as well as other inhabitants of the city, he will need the assistance of the very people he’s annoyed. He’ll also have to call on the three ghosts that visited him two decades earlier. By the time they’re done, they’ve convinced everyone to celebrate Christmas all year long by opening their wallets, arms, and hearts to those around them.

Written in uncannily Dickensian prose, Charlie Lovett’s The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge is both a loving and winking tribute to the Victorian classic, perfect for readers of A Christmas Carol and other timeless holiday tales.


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of my favorite Christmas tales (it's a classic for a reason) so I was excited to see how it could be taken into the future. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. (I think, maybe I was expecting Scrooge to have relapses somewhat; I'm pretty sure most people in his position would suffer at least a bit of a relapse to be quite honest. But he didn't relapse, so I didn't get what I was expecting for that simple fact alone.)

I liked how the basic premise of this story was that Marley needed to effect change in more lives than just Scrooge's to escape his shackles, and it makes sense that it would be necessary considering the monumental number of people he must have shortchanged in his lifetime, and the far reaching impact of that on their descendants. I think it's strange that Scrooge has to help him in that endeavor though, since he has clearly changed his ways and spent the past twenty years doing good for people. There are some reasons why I can still accept this being the case though, but I still think it's strange.

Overall the story was fun and whimsical and stayed fairly true to the Spirit of Books Past (see what I did there?), in my opinion. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an uplifting holiday read this coming Christmas in July season. 

4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector and a member of The Grolier Club, the oldest and largest club for bibliophiles in America. A teacher and playwright, his plays for children have been seen in more than three thousand productions. He and his wife split their time between North Carolina and England.

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