She sent messages as she wrote–little things that delighted her, frustrating moments when characters wouldn’t behave, the works.
I just watched it all come together.
If you’ve never seen a book baby grow and be born, you’ve missed out on a whole lot of fun.
As usual, I made a note to order a copy right away, but I didn’t have time to read it. So when a blog tour came along, I signed up. Why? Because let’s face it. When you need an excuse to do what you’re dying to do, you jump at the chance when it strolls past waving a “grab me” sign.
Come on, with a name like Christmas Carol Society, how could the book go wrong?
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Beware the Dreadful Scrooge! A Deadly Christmas Disease
Oh, boy. What a ride! Christmas Carol Society offers a multi-layered story with all the delight and appeal of the story that inspired it as well as It’s a Wonderful Life and a touch of “The Gift of the Magi,” too. In fact, I feel like an idiot now that I’m done reading the book. Maybe halfway through it, I realized that It’s a Wonderful Life IS A Christmas Carol.
With a writing style reminiscent of Dickens himself (but not too heavy-handed with it), Rebekah Jones offers a solid Christian story with the part of Dickens’ story told that Dickens left out–the true Reason for transformation.
Add to that a subtle subplot told almost entirely in subtext, this encouraging novel also packs depth that doesn’t weigh down the reader.
Look, I had no doubt I’d like the book. I mean, Christmas Carol? A society of people committed to taking the lessons of A Christmas Carol seriously? And the fallout from that? Duh. I’m gonna like it.
I just didn’t know how much I’d love it. Christmas Carol Society offers everything you could want in a Christmas read. Recommended for lovers of Dickens, Christmas, and classic retellings that aren’t too “on the nose.” Not recommended for Scrooges in ugly sweaters.
Christmas Carol Society is on tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Christmas Carol Society
Author: Rebekah Jones
Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christian Fiction
Release Date: October 30, 2019
The Christmas season has arrived. The members of the newly-formed Christmas Carol Society are beginning their weekly meetings. Charlie Baker finds the first meeting odd enough, but when the assignments start, he has to wonder why he allowed himself to get roped into attending. Miss Dartmoor tells her members to impersonate the Ghost of Christmas Past for their own personal Scrooge.
Just how does a mere human accomplish such an absurd task? Charlie tries to figure it out, but begins to see the Lord might plan for the assignments to have a deeper impact on him than he expected.
An impact that Charlie isn’t sure he wants to face.
About the Author
Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.
More from Rebekah Jones
Christmas Carol Society is a book very near and dear to my heart. Partly because of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which is among my favorites, and partly due to my characters. Especially, Charlie Baker.
Charlie is very special to me. He wants to hide in his tiny corner of the world, and give up. He wants to give up on a world that has hurt him tremendously or taken people he loved. Charlie wants to push away any possibility of repeating the past; he doesn’t want to be hurt again.
Charlie doesn’t want to join the Christmas Carol Society. He doesn’t want to find a “Scrooge.” He doesn’t want to make new friends. No, he doesn’t want to do any of it.
He joins because he loves his cousin. He doesn’t do it for any other reason.
His father encourages him to do it right, if he’s going to do it at all. His cousin calls him out, when his Christianity is at odds with his behavior. And Albert, his would-be friend, just doesn’t give up on him.
In a sense, Charlie is a Scrooge – and yet, he’s not. He has to find a Scrooge of his own. And through it, he finds himself doing all the things that he really doesn’t want to do at all – and it’s a good thing. Painful sometimes, but good. Scary at times, but good.
The characters that the LORD uses to teach me the most, end up being particularly special to me. Charlie is one of them. In some ways, I relate to Charlie rather a lot, and writing this story drove me to prayer often, so I would know what to do next. I frequently wasn’t sure where the story would go. But I learned along with Charlie.
I hope that my readers will love Charlie Baker as much as I do, and that his story, along with the others in this book, will in some way bless and encourage my readers for the LORD’s glory.
To the KING be all the glory!
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Giveaway for Christmas Carol Society
To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Christmas Carol Society, a copy of A Christmas Carol, and an ornament!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.