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  • Miss Marley

  • A Christmas ghost story - a prequel to A Christmas Carol
  • By: Vanessa Lafaye, Rebecca Mascul
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Miss Marley

By: Vanessa Lafaye, Rebecca Mascul
Narrated by: Josie Dunn
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Publisher's summary

Before A Christmas Carol there was...Miss Marley

A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill

Orphans 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.

©2018 Vanessa Lafaye (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Exquisite." (Veronica Henry, author of A Night on the Orient Express)

"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, author of You, Me and Other People)

"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, author of The Somnambulist)

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Kindness and goodwill?

Cathy Johnson
I found this to be a pretty depressing story and had very little to do with kindness and goodwill, it was the opposite, really. A lesson in how NOT to be. I love that time period and it was a well written story but too sad for me.

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