Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past
by Samantha Silva
I’m a big fan of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, so when I saw an advertisement for this book I was quick to request it. This is Samantha Silva’s debut novel. The book started out a bit slow for me, but it picked up in the last half. I did love the way the author weaved together fact and fiction. The story tells how A Christmas Carol was written. Dickens’ latest book wasn’t a big success and his publisher tells him in order to not face financial ruin, he must write a Christmas story in just a few weeks. What follows is a crisis, his family leaving, and an epiphany with some magic thrown in. This book evoked a feeling of warmth in me just in time for some holiday shopping and decorating. It was a great rendition of a favorite Christmas story.
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