Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Victorian Village thrives every year at Christmastime, even though its owner—tightfisted, bitter, friendless Evalisa—hates the holiday. In fact, she plans to sell the village to Past, Present, and Future Investments this Christmas and go off to live in seclusion, with cash as her companion. But she has no idea what the holiday has in store for her in The Redemption of Evalisa Trooge: A Christmas Carol Story by author Lauren M. Flauding.
Yes indeed, I read this story through the eyes of a Christmas enthusiast and a longtime fan of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. You do have to appreciate that classic to fully appreciate this modern take.
I’ll admit, I often steer clear of retellings of classic fiction because I’m disappointed if the adaptations don’t do justice to the originals. I figure, if you’re going to butcher or water down a story that’s already standing the test of time, why come out with a weaker version of it?
So I’m happy to say I found this book to be downright delightful. It’s a little old-fashioned in its style in places, aspects that would’ve felt overdone to me if I didn’t know the story is a reflection of an oldie-but-goodie.
Some of the events are a bit rushed, and, no, not everything that happens is the most realistic. But the account of Ebenezer Scrooge isn’t all about realism either, so, hey. This would have been an absolutely stellar read for me if not for the number of errors I ran into, especially where dialogue tags and some punctuation are concerned.
Nevertheless, I found the story itself to be an entertaining, humorous, touching twist on a timeless tale I’ve loved for years. Even with no previous knowledge of Flauding or recommendations from other readers, this is one of my top, surprising finds among holiday reads.