On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
And then she died.
Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change. . .
Look, I get it. It’s July. Why on earth would you read a book about Scrooges in July? Answer: Because I can. Real Answer: Because I am a sucker for sappy Christmas stories. Even in July. Maybe especially in July. We had just been talking about the best Christmas Stories at work, Christmas Carol vs Grinch( I am firmly in the Dickens group), and then this book falls into my bag. Literally. I had pulled out the book next to it and this one fell off the shelf into my waiting bag. Seemed like fate so I gave it a whirl. (Don’t worry, it was at the library. I checked it out. Don’t steal books)
This book is not just what it says on the can. It not only follows the afterlife of Holly Chase but it gives us a peek into the Scrooge Project. A clandestine project determined to help better mankind. By scaring the bejeezus out of someone every Christmas. It doesn’t always work but when it does there is a warm glowing feel that saturates the pages. You probably need to know a basic storyline line about the Christmas Carol but with the way that it has seeped into pop culture, you might be okay without it. The struggles of this girl trapped as a 17-year-old, in a job that forces her to help those who tried to help her, shows the growth of the characters. There are a few moments that make you think that you know exactly how this is going to end. I need you to trust me. This ending is so good. It is bittersweet and delicious and the dark chocolate of romantic comedies. I loved it so much. I got the feel goods I needed and now I am ready to pass it on to other Christmas Carol lovers and the Scrooge fan club. Maybe this will even convince the Grinch lovers to switch teams!
Freelance Editor & Reviewer