5 sparkling stars - A glistening Christmas Gem of a novel.
I love 'A Christmas Carol' and when I saw this little book appearing on social media I knew I needed to get a copy.
The book is the prequel to A Christmas Carol and tells the story of two children Clara Belle and Jake who are destitute after their mother dies and their father is put in a debtors prison. Their Uncle Robert who promises their father he will look after them puts them in a workhouse.
The story tells how the children overcome their destitution and grow into adults and how their lives and directions change. The book is beautifully written although it is relatively short it really packs a punch and you quickly get to know the characters and their traits.
It is a sad story at times and I felt this even more because of the background story of this came to be. The story had started to be written by Vanessa Lafaye but she sadly died before the book could be published so her Editor got in touch with Rebecca Mascull a friend of Vanessa's and asked if she would finish the book, and this is the result.
I think I will be gifting this for many years to come and also re reading this, it really is a joy and a true gift that Rebecca finished this wonderful story for Vanessa.
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