A Lila Review: Peter Cratchit’s Christmas Carol by Drew Marvin Frayne

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Peter Cratchit, a young lad preparing to make his way in the world, is the eldest son of Scrooge’s lowly clerk Bob Cratchit. Peter flourishes under the tutelage of his “Uncle” Scrooge and seeks to make his mark as a man of business, like his uncle before him.

One Christmas Eve, as Scrooge lays dying, Peter embarks on a risky ocean voyage that he believes will secure the future for his family. Onboard, Peter finds love, happiness, and success, only to lose it all by the voyage’s end.

Returning to London, Peter shuns his family and instead finds himself living on the streets, haunted by his failures and his dead lover, selling his body just to survive while he waits for the winter cold to claim him once and for all. But winter snows also mean Christmas is coming, and for the Cratchit family, Christmas is a time of miracles. Can a visit from three familiar spirits change Peter’s life again? Is there one more miracle in store for the lost son of one of Dickens’ most enduring families?

Peter Cratchit’s Christmas Carol is pretty true to the original story. Which put me off when I started reading it. Perhaps because I like to believe that characters live in a constant happily ever after since the end of their books. In this case, we can see a grimmer future for Peter and his perception of the events surrounding him and his family.

Even so, the author got my interest back as soon as the ghosts started visiting Peter. The moments shown were evocative and interesting. They included laughter and tears. Tears due to Peter’s grief. I wish the ghosts’ visits could have changed some of the outcomes.

The ending felt a bit rushed but it still fit the timeline and the fantastic storytelling elements. Definitely, a holiday must read.

The cover by Natasha Snow fits the spirit of the holidays and the book’s era.

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Book Details:
ebook, 119 pages
ISBN: 978-1-951057-81-7
Published: November 18, 2019, by NineStar Press
Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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