In his famous story 'A Christmas Carol', Charles Dickens introduced us to Ebenezer Scrooge - and anyone who is famliar with that story will surely have wondered whether Scrooge really did change his ways. So here's the answer.
This entertaining and warm-hearted novel begins where Dickens ends, on the morning of Christmas Day. At the age of fifty, Scrooge is a tight-fisted, reclusive and self-centred man. He has devoted his life, so far, to making money and spending as little of it as possible. But for some time now he has been wondering whether he has lived altogether wisely; and he is also considering how he should spend the rest of his days.
Scrooge has amassed a vast fortune, and his friends urge him to put it to good use by helping the poor. And Scrooge well understands that using his fortune to help those less fortunate than himself is sound advice - but can he bring himself to do it?
More importantly perhaps, what about his personal life? Here Scrooge has a stroke of luck. By accepting his nephew's invitation to lunch on Christmas Day, Scrooge is introduced to a remarkable woman, Charlotte Kincaid. Charlotte is a widow from the village of Pewsey, in Wiltshire, and she introduces Scrooge to country life. But if he proposes marriage, will she accept him?
Kirkus Reviews says: 'The book is written in a modern, robust style with wit and panache. An unusual and entertaining read.' Click on the Look Inside facility to read a free sample of this remarkable account of Scrooge's later life.