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Jacob T. Marley
     

Jacob T. Marley

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by R. William Bennett
 

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a holiday favorite and this new book, written in the style of Dickens, tells the story from the perspective of the character who was a ruthless taskmaster business partner who taught and influenced Scrooge and then saved him from the brink of a terrible fate.

Jacob T. Marley is to A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a holiday favorite and this new book, written in the style of Dickens, tells the story from the perspective of the character who was a ruthless taskmaster business partner who taught and influenced Scrooge and then saved him from the brink of a terrible fate.

Jacob T. Marley is to A Christmas Carol as the world-famous Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz and is a masterfully crafted story teaching us, once again, the true meaning of Christmas.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
After death, Jacob Marley is given the chance to lead his business partner Ebenezer Scrooge to the path of forgiveness that almost eluded the recently departed accountant. This message-heavy retelling of Dickens's classic tale reminds the reader that it's never too late to mend your ways. Of limited interest; only for fans of Bennett's The Christmas Gift.
Deseret News

“Emotional and engrossing story that draws the reader into the world of Marley and Scrooge, sharing their selfish downturns and broken hearts, along with the joyful potential of their lives.”
Examiner.com

“A wonderful sense of setting and period...”
BlogHer

"Really is pretty wonderful."
Compass Book Ratings

"Excellent character descriptions and beautiful prose."
Caffeinated Book Reviewer

"A masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite. I highly recommend it to fans of Charles Dickens and holiday classics."—Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590383513
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
10/12/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Marley's death was but a beginning. To those of us still mingling with the living, death may seem quite a terminal affair, yet in its vacuum new possibilities spring forth, not just for those left behind but for the dead as well. Marley's death did, in fact, represent a beginning for several people. As the grand old narrator has so deftly and pleasantly informed us, it was at first a long, slow beginning of the transformation of one Ebenezer Scrooge. Indeed, he needed to percolate for seven long years, steeping himself in the boiling liquid of greed and avarice, before he was ready for that dreadful, wonderful night that began with Marley's ghostly visit.

Meet the Author


R. William (Bill) Bennett grew up on the Jersey shore and in Connecticut. He attended Lafayette College as a government and law major. He spent thirty-one years in business, including many years as an executive of various companies. Most recently, he worked as division president of Franklin Covey. Bill and his wife, Loree, are the parents of four children and they live in the Southwest.

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Jacob T. Marley 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
My friend Dave, recommended Jacob T. Marley to me and I quickly added it to my wish-list. Then, a Goodreads group that I belong to chose it as their December Book of the Month. This was all the excuse I needed; so I purchased the eBook version of it. I am a huge fan of Dickens and was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. I am happy to report that this book was simply delightful. Bennett does a remarkable job of emanating Dickens and offers us a fresh tale about Scrooge¿s partner Marley. Bennett explores the reasons behind Marley¿s visit to Ebenezer Scrooge and the events that occurred after Marley¿s death. If you are familiar with the tale A Christmas Carol, you will remember that Marley visited Scrooge bound in chains that he bore in life. We experience events in Marley¿s past that shaped him, how he met Scrooge and what occurred at the time of his death. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the images and sites of the period, while conveying a clear message of hope, redemption and the spirit of giving. I highly recommend Jacob T. Marley, to fans of Charles Dickens and holiday classics. This was a fast, easy read, which delivers a wonderful message. A perfect addition to your holiday reading list and a charming gift.
mrsjdw More than 1 year ago
This is a great prequel/sequel for "A Christmas Carol" written in true Dickensian style. You know it's a good book when you can't wait to get to the end. You know it's a great book when you don't want it to end. I felt like it answered questions I had always had lingering in my head about the original Scrooge storyline and about Marley. Highly recommended!
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
Jacob Marley¿s story is brought to light in this thoughtful an inspiring tale. You will learn the heartbreaking circumstances that bring Jacob and Ebenezer together. Jacob is a beloved child, the youngest. Life brings successes, struggles and choices that set him on a bitter course. What causes a agreeable young man to turn inside himself and reject all others? Through the heart of Jacob T. Marley a new story unfolds. Delightfully written, and skillfully crafted in the ¿Dickens¿s style¿. More than mere fiction, it gives cause to reflect upon your past, present and future. Destined to become a Christmas Classic.
NancyRH More than 1 year ago
Written in a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens, this book gives a behind the scenes view of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It's an insightful narrative of the story in Jacob Marley's perspective - before, during, and after. I highly recommend it; just remember to keep a few tissues handy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly enjoyable and highly recommended!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars I had a tough time deciding what rating to give Jacob T. Marley. The first part of the book I struggled to read it. The fonts are small, the language and story was on the educated side. I did not like these characters and what they did. Then when Marley is dying and after his death I felt for him. I started to like him. I enjoyed the book so much more. I felt connected to him. Lets face it these characters were not supposed to be likeable at first. There had to be a change in them. With their changes I started to change how I related to them. I was thinking how much do I do or not do. This is a drama, a Christmas story, a love story or unlove story. We all make choices daily in our lives. What choices are we making today, yesterday or tomorrow? It has been many years since I have read A Christmas Carol. This takes that story and focus on Jacob T. Marley's ghost. What choices he made to lead him to wear chains and visits all those he did wrong in life. We see where he came from. What the T in his name represents. How he came to care for only money and business in his life. How he met Ebenezer Scrooge. This is a book once started it doesn't take long to read. It is only 202 pages long. It does make you think. I was given this book to read by Shadow Mountain so I could give an honest review of Jacob T. Marley and be part of it's blog tour.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
Every year we recall the story of A Christmas Carol... We LOVE the ghostly visits and the change in Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. But sometimes we forget "before Ebenezer Scrooge, there was Jacob T. Marley." This is Jacob's story.... Jacob came from a great lineage...in fact his grandfather, Thelonius, gave his live saving children from a terrible fire. Jacob loved telling everyone that his full name was Jacob Thelonius Marley; named after his grandfather. But over time Jacob shortened his name to Jacob T. Marley and then to Jacob Marley and sometimes simply Marley. And then one fateful day his teacher called him a wonder with numbers and told him he was THE BEST the teacher had ever seen. From that day forward Marley found himself comparing his skills to everyone else and fought to continue being THE BEST. Pride was chipping away at the Jacob who used to be and formed him into the Marley he became. He began to feel that his grandfather had given too much for too little. Greed became his passion... Compassion escaped him. Jacob T. Marley found a younger version of himself in Scrooge and so a partnership was formed. "For twenty-five years, the two men grew more mean, more selfish, and more aligned in their purpose." Then on his death bed Marley had a thought...it was he who had really turned Ebenezer into the Scrooge he had become... How can he change that? What can he do? Can he warn Ebenezer of the life that lies before him? Or is it too late? Learn what happens to Jacob T. Marley after he dies... Who he talks with...What he learns...And how there was a plan made for his own redemption. I LOVED this story! Written in the same flair as A Christmas Carol this story is one to be read over and over. Let us remember to banish the Scrooge within ourselves. Let us serve others and show kindness all year long.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of every version of Dickens' a CHRISTMAS CAROL as I am, you will be as thrilled with this book. Bennett has thoroughly captured Dickens' writing style and story line within the wonderful little Christmas tale.   Rather than beginning with the night that Marley returned in death, to tell Scrooge of the impending spirits that would change Scrooge's life, this story begins at the start of Jacob's life. We hear of a kind and loving family that Jacob had to begin his life, but he managed to become an old skinflint anyway.  How he managed to return to elicit a change in Scrooge's life makes up the majority of this expanded version of an old classic.  It was done exceedingly well too. This is a great version of the classic which tells of compassion and redemption and a life well lived.  Though this is just a story, and a superb one at that, I would be remiss, as a Christian, if I did not point out that only Christ can bring about a person's eternal salvation.  That said, I believe the message in these stories of doing good to your fellow man, is something that Christ does expect from his people too.  A new favorite has been added to my Christmas traditions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect , answers any questions one might be left asking after reading the Dikens classic, A Christmas Carol.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
A delightful twist on the "Christmas Carol" story that was told in my youth is found in this tale. It was good to read the story from the beginning of how Jacob T. Marley influenced the life of his mentee. A lesson is revealed for us about how our behavior, attitude, and thoughts may impact on others. This was a well-written, well-developed novel, and just the right length to hold the readers' attention.
ccourtland More than 1 year ago
This is a re-telling of a holiday favorite from a different perspective. However, the point-of-view is not necessarily unique and shares much the same that readers already know about the story from the Scrooge. I was disappointed that nothing knew or a fresh twist was put on the tale and that I learned little that was different from what has already been written. The promise of insight is limited and fails to reveal much about Marley that isn't already cast out by the original Scrooge. Readers who enjoy re-reading the Christmas classics over and over each season may enjoy this version. It won't rattle any chains or upset the holiday cheer, but it does get a bit preachy mid-way. For me, this approach is about as palatable as fruitcake. I'm not convinced Dickens would let Marley off with such a weak epiphany nor would he delve into the righteousness of it all. All in all, I was let down with the lack of creative stretch and depth. It simply skated along on the back of an old tale.