Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Seasonal

Day 1 Festive Reads Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye

I was lucky enough to receive a copy from HQ Digital, I have previously loved Vanessa Lafaye’s books and it was a privilege to receive this beautiful story to read.

I would recommend clearing a few hours in your day and picking up this delightful read, as once you pick it up you won’t want to put it back down. As this story unfolds it is packed full of love and loss and sweeps you along in the lives of the young orphans Clara & Jacob Marley and introduces you to Ebenezer Scrooge.

A beautiful read that kicks off my 24 days of Christmas festive reads perfectly, wonderfully crafted by the late Vanessa Lafaye and completed by the extremely talented Becca Mascull. I was left in awe after putting this book down and unsure of how to find the words to sing its praises as highly as it deserves. A true masterpiece that I look forward to reading each year, it is a beautiful tribute to A Christmas Carol and recaptures the true warmth of Christmas.

Book Blurb

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…

Miss Marley

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Rebecca Mascull is the author of three historical novels and also writes saga fiction under the pen-name Mollie Walton. Visit her websites for more information: &

She is currently hard at work on her next trilogy of historical fiction, with the first novel slated for publication in spring 2019 to be published by Bonnier Zaffre as The Ironbridge Saga. These will be published under the name of Mollie Walton and the first book in the series is set in the dangerous world of the iron industry: THE DAUGHTERS OF IRONBRIDGE.

Her first novel THE VISITORS (2014) tells the story of Adeliza Golding, a deaf-blind child living on her father’s hop farm in Victorian Kent. Her second novel SONG OF THE SEA MAID (2015) is set in the C18th and concerns an orphan girl who becomes a scientist and makes a remarkable discovery. Her third novel, THE WILD AIR (2017) is about a shy Edwardian girl who learns to fly and becomes a celebrated aviatrix but the shadow of war is looming. All are published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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Rebecca is now a full-time writer and had previously worked in education. She has a Masters in Writing and lives by the sea in the East of England.




I am a total bookworm who loves nothing more than to lose herself in a book. My pile of books to read is teetering higher and higher as there are not enough hours in the day compared to how many old and new amazing books there are out there to read. I love to read in my spare time and books are a massive part of our household. I feel really lucky that Daisy also loves losing herself in the amazing worlds the authors are creating for us and neither of us ever go very far without having a book to hand as you never know when an opportunity to read may present itself.

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