Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this transporting debut novel set during the whirlwind period in which Dickens wrote his beloved classic, as he embarks on a Scrooge-like journey of his own.
For Charles Dickens, each Christmas has been better than the last. His novels are literary blockbusters, and he is famous on the streets of London, where avid fans sneak up on him to snip off pieces of his hair. He and his wife have five happy children, a sixth on the way, and a home filled with every comfort they could imagine. But when Dickens’ newest book is a flop, the glorious life he has built for himself threatens to collapse around him. His publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. Grudgingly, he accepts, but with relatives hounding him for loans, his wife and children planning an excessively lavish holiday party, and jealous critics going in for the kill, he is hardly feeling the Christmas spirit.
Increasingly frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace and inspiration in London itself, his great palace of thinking. And on one of his long walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets a young woman in a purple cloak, who might be just the muse he needs. Eleanor Lovejoy and her young son, Timothy, propel Dickens on a Scrooge-like journey through his Christmases past and present—but with time running out, will he find the perfect new story to save him? (From Goodreads)
A million Thank You’s to Flatiron Books for sending me this beautiful finished copy, in exchange of this honest review. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
Okay, so #booknerdshame I’ve never read A Christmas Carol. I’ve seen the movies, I’ve watched cartoons, but never read the book. Now I feel I must (especially since Flatiron sent me the most beautiful copy of it too)
Honest time here, Part One didn’t grab me, Part Two sunk its claws in, Part Three had me head over heals in love with this book. It was so beautifully written, every page was lyrical, rich, and so properly written. It’s a story that I see becoming as timeless as the original!
Once Eleanor and Timothy entered the picture, I was invested. I loved them, they brought such a sweet, sensitive nature to this story, which was exactly what Mr. Dickens needed. She was the perfect muse.
Mr. Dickens was a man spread to thin, a man everyone in his life came to expect something from. He was becoming bitter, angry, and full of hatred. He was hard to like. But than I understood, and once I understood Mr. Dickens, than I truly began to enjoy this story
The ending was perfect. It had me feeling warm and fuzzy and so every excited for my own Christmas, with my own family, and my wonderful Scrooge-ish husband. (haha Just kidding, he’s not a Scrooge) Guys, if you have not read this, or at the very least purchased it, you should. It’s a wonderful story about the past, present, and new beginnings.
“Flee all you like” She said, turning to face him. “Your past is quicker than you are and will catch you soon enough”.