Book Review: Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett

Title: Jacob T. Marley
Author: R. William Bennett
Series: None
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Released: October 12, 2011
Author’s Website:

Book Summary:

Marley was dead to begin with . . . These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he? Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is to A Christmas Carol as the world-famous Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz as this masterfully crafted story teaches of choices, consequences, and of the power of accountability. It is sure to become a Christmas favorite.

Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is a story I have always loved. I’ve seen multiple movie versions of A Christmas Carol all multiple times and remember seeing the play at Glendale Centre Theater many times while growing up. Due to my love of this story I was interested to read this retelling from Jacob Marley’s perspective.

This was a quick easy read that I knocked out in about two hours. I found it interesting to delve deeper into what might have made Ebenezer Scrooge the man he was. Jacob Marley plays a small part in A Christmas Carol but in this version we see how he influenced Scrooge for the worse and is now paying the price for his deeds. Marley is able to interact with the three spirits who visit Scrooge giving us more detail of the event.

Recommended to lovers of A Christmas Carol and Charles Dickens. This was meant to be my holiday read but worked just as well as a New Years read. The story could easily be enjoyed year round as it contains a wonderful message about helping others and second chances.

Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Content: Clean

Source: From Publisher for Review

Also by R. William Bennett: The Christmas Gift