Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister

Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister Review

‘Exquisite’ Veronica Henry
Before A Christmas Carol there was… Miss Marley

A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill
Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.


And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…


In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.

Title:Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister
Edition Language:English

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  • Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comWhen I was contacted and asked if I would be interested in reading ‘Miss Marley’ I was a little apprehensive at saying yes. You see the author V...

  • Umut Reviews

    This book is a little novella perfect for Christmas reads. It's written as a prequel to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol featuring Marley siblings Jake and Clara.Also, sadly it's the last book that ...

  • Cathy

    In her author’s note, Vanessa Lafaye explains her intention in Miss Marleywas to try to explain what the Jacob Marley the reader encounters in A Christmas Carol had done to deserve his ‘despera...

  • Karen

    A confession. I’ve never read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens but that didn’t stop me being entranced by Miss Marley, a 157 page hardback novella, and the original creation of Vanessa Lafaye....

  • Nicki

    I’ve been listening to the audio version of Dickens famous story every Christmas for a number of years now, so was thrilled to be sent a proof of Miss Marley to review.As soon as I started reading t...

  • Trish at Between My Lines

    Miss Marley is a beautifully written book that can be read at anytime, not just at Christmas. It features a character from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and its oozes an authentic Victorian London atmo...

  • Claire Fuller

    A very poignant story, given that Vanessa (a friend of mine) didn't manage to finish this novel before she died. Becca Mascull skillfully finished it for her, and I'm so glad she did. It imagines the ...

  • Liz Fenwick

    Before you watch a single version of A Christmas Carol this Christmas read Miss Marley. A beautiful, warm, rich, hug of story and a bittersweet reminder to embrace life and enrich others as you go......

  • Louise Beech

    The beauty of this book is not only in the gorgeous story, the attention to detail, the flowing prose, and the tribute to the original A Christmas Carol, but in the legacy that it is. The stunning leg...

  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)

    Before A Christmas Carol there was….Miss Marley. Miss Marley is a beautifully bound book that was begun by Vanessa Lafaye and completed by her friend Rebecca Mascull. Vanessa Lafaye passed away ear...