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Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye Book Review

Christmas is fast approaching, are you feeling festive yet? To help me get in the festive spirit I decided to read a Christmas themed books. The last Christmas book I really loved reading was Staring Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. Did anyone else love reading Jacqueline Wilson books growing up? 

Anyway back to Miss Marley, as you maybe able to guess is a prequel to the Christmas Classic A Christmas Carole by Charles Dickens. Miss Marley’s full name is Clara Belle Marley who we are first introduced to at the start of the story as an orphaned homeless child along with her brother Jacob Marley. I instantly felt sympathy for Clara and Jacob but could also see their strength and ambition from the start. 

Jacob partners with Ebeneezer Scrooge to creating a Dept company for the poor.  Clara is concerned about the people they are lending the money too and wants to understand their situation. Unlike her brother who focuses on the money. 

Clara suffered a personal tragedy which strains her relationship with Jacob. Jacob later on also suffers an unexpected and painful tragedy. Both tragedies were poetically described. I won’t tell you anymore as I don’t want to spoil it for you! 

Miss Marley is fast paced and at under 200 pages it is the perfect afternoon read. Maybe whilst sitting drinking a hot chocolate? The whole story is an emotional roller-coaster with highs and lows which keep you gripped. I read the whole story in 3 hours and afterwards I felt reflective on the Christmas spirit. 

Why not give Miss Marley ago and let me know your thoughts? 


Emma x

This book was gifted to me by Harper Collins but all opinions are my own.