4 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever wondered what happened to the lovable characters from the classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? Wonder no longer! In Norman Whaler’s Christian Romance, Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, the reader explores what came next after Scrooge's change of heart.
After years has passed, the ever-changed Ebenezer Scrooge has passed away. Within the years between his transformation from “Bah humbug” Scrooge to his death, one of the people Ebenezer has become a role model and second father to was Tiny Tim. Now, Tim is no longer tiny, but his heart feels that way. Saddened by the death of Mr. Scrooge and his lost love, Becky, Tim is having a difficult time in feeling happy. When he is at his most depressed state-of-mind, Tim is visited by the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge. Can the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge help heal Tim’s heart and find his faith in God?
This lovely little tale was a delight to read and in one sitting nonetheless! A Christmas Carol is one of the classics that I do actually treasure and have read a few times, so I was excited for this read. I appreciated how the writing style, the illustrations provided, and the use of carols brought me to its nineteenth century, London setting. As an added bonus, there are four pieces of sheet music, using the carols mentioned in the read, at the end of the book.
Written in the third person point-of-view, there are strong themes of faith, depression, love, and healing throughout. Just in time for Christmas, each character shows love and the faith of God is discussed. Some might find some of the dialogue about having faith in God a bit preachy, but I did agree with what was said. It reminded me of the conversations I would have with my dad.
I found the character development and portrayal to be moving. It was easy to understand Tim’s frustration with his beliefs, sympathize with Becky’s distressing situation, and feel appreciative of the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge’s reflection and teachings. Though it was easy to become somewhat exasperated with Tim’s way of thinking when he had two loving parents with him, I stopped and thought if I lost my soul mate and then a second father, I also might feel too broken to be able to come out of the depressed feeling easily.
Aside from a handful of errors, there was just one aspect of this read that I wished would have been different. Without giving too much away, one person is portrayed as having an illness, but it was never stated what the illness was and if there was ever a resolution.
Given these minor flaws and the fact that I would have liked it to be longer, I happily give this read a 4 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy Christmas reads with a character who learns the true meaning of Christmas in a sweet Christian Romance, I would say give this read a try!
Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge
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