You can also see my review at http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.comIn all honesty, the only Dickens I could ever really get into was A Christmas Carol. It’s one of my all-time favorite classics, and I tend to find myself picking it up often-- most particularly around the holidays. I had tried other Dickens’ novels in the past, and just couldn’t really get a grasp or enjoy it much truthfully. A Christmas Carol was masterful, though. In Jacob T. Marley we get a whole new light, set in the same style, and I admit to going into it with some trepidation-- perhaps even a bit of annoyance that an author could even attempt this. Well, thank you, R. William Bennett for the surprise. While it’s normally dangerous to toy with a classic, this companion was fitting, well-crafted, and it worked very well. I breezed right through it and find that it will be a wonderful piece to set alongside my own worn (but well-loved) copy of A Christmas Carol.