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Saving Mr Scrooge (Moorland Heroes Book 2) Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B0772SBFVV
- Publisher : Green Ginger Publishing; 2nd edition (November 14, 2017)
- Publication date : November 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1707 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,813 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I found Marley a hard person to like for the first half of the book. Kit is only marginally better, and honestly, it was the secondary characters that kept me reading. I'm so glad I did. Very gradually, we get backstory about Marley and Kit's pasts that explains their current behavior and makes the reader understand and sympathize. Ms. Booth has a way of writing her characters so they are real. You get them warts and all, but they are always people the reader can recognize in themselves, friends, and family.
Marley and Kit didn't communicate as young lovers often don't, and now that they're older, they learn their lessons that a relationship means the couple must talk to each other. Gradually, old secrets and hurts are revealed, and they start to mend. Both Kit and Marley learn the real spirit of Christmas along the way.
Obviously, this is a takeoff of Dicken's A Christmas Carol, but I found it a subtle retelling. The reader can recognize along the way different bits and bobs taken from the original story, but there's enough twists that I didn't always know where it was going. I was also happy to see Mr. Rochester as part of the story, having read his book earlier.
It's always fun to visit Yorkshire, and Ms. Booth is very intimate with the area. She makes each description fresh from the Shambles of York to the snow-covered Dales. Stuck over here in the new world but missing the beauty of the north country of England, I really enjoy her books. Saving Mr. Scrooge is a worthy addition, and a good read no matter the time of year.
Top reviews from other countries
Circumstances throw her and the love of her life, Kit, back together. But their relationship is all in the past and with Kit now her new boss, at Carrolls chocolate factory, their shared history just serves to make things uncomfortable for both of them.
Marley’s whole family are dependent on Carrolls for their livelihood, but Kit just seems determined to run the place into the ground. He’s not the man Marley remembers, but then she’s not the girl she was either. What I loved about Marley was the depth of her character. She wasn’t perfect and that made her oh-so-real and believable. She has a fantastic character arc in the story and I rooted for her all the way to the end.
There were a whole host of fantastic characters in the story, but I think Uncle Charles was my favourite of all. I don’t want to tell you too much about his relationship with Marley, or what the reader learns along the way, but it was a beautifully written dynamic.
I loved this book and if you only buy one Christmas novel this year, then make it this one.
This book includes Sharon Booth's characteristic northern family setting. Marley is close to her mum, sister and great uncle. Reader's meet Marley when she is saved from choking by a tall handsome stranger - only a stranger because of his long hair and beard.
A fabulous contemporary, Yorkshire nod to A Christmas Carol. (Nice Charlie mention too!)
You don't have to read this book at Christmas (although I imagine it would be beautiful to do so).
Marley Jacobs's life hasn't turned out as she hoped. She always believed that she was destined for great things, yet she's managed to end up working as a PA at the local sweet factory, living in a tiny flat, without any semblance of a love life. The last thing she needs to add to her disappointment is a blast from the past in the form of Kit Carroll, back from living overseas, and now her boss. And a grumpy boss at that, seemingly determined to destroy the family business.
This is a fabulous story of love, friendship and redemption with a fascinating cast of characters. Initially, it's hard to warm to Marley and Kit but Sharon Booth is an exceptionally talented writer because she gradually introduces endearing aspects to their personalities until you're rooting for them. My favourite character is Great Uncle Charles. The conversations he has with Marley are hilarious.
Is Great Uncle Charles Mr Scrooge? Is Kit? Or is there someone else who needs redemption? I'll leave you to find out that for yourself...
At the book’s start, Marley is totally without any redeeming features – and from the book’s afterword, the author was fully aware of that she was taking a bit of a risk with that. Marley is totally self-absorbed, with a grossly inflated sense of her own importance, and her visits to her ailing great uncle seemingly with the sole aim of being left his house almost made me want to stop reading. There’s also a touch of slapstick about an incident at the book’s start that didn’t entirely draw me in – but I can be funny like that. But I’m SO glad I kept on reading, because this book totally turned itself around… and the author incredibly skilfully, without you really realising it’s happening, pulls you over onto the side of her characters.
So what was it that did the trick? Marley just got under my skin – beneath that hard and brittle surface there’s actually a heart of pure gold, a softness that people don’t often get to see. There are such lovely touches that let you glimpse the real person – times with her family, the exchanges with her great uncle (what a great character – so many layers!), her obviously good relationship with Kit’s predecessor Jack, her exchanges with Don (another great character – I loved him!), the whole focus on Christmas at the factory and her concern for the workers. The personal revelations slowly emerge too, and there’s a depth to the back story that you really might not expect. The scenes at the school nativity play and the factory Christmas party? Just superb. And Kit’s character develops beautifully too – we start to see things from his point of view, the reasons for his high-handed behaviour. And slowly and subtly, the whole story begins to grab your heart.
Marley’s unshakeable belief that it’s her destiny to save Kit is beautifully handled – I loved the whole concept, and the way the story is constructed around that belief, with occasional adjustments in the focus. Given the character names and the premise of the story, I’m guessing it’ll come as no surprise that the story is loosely based on A Christmas Carol, with a fairly heavy nod too towards It’s A Wonderful Life – and so very cleverly done. At outset, I might have wondered how this book would ever fit with its moody and mysterious cover – by the end, I understood perfectly. Do give this one a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed. Sharon Booth’s writing just gets better and better…