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REVIEW! The Miracle On Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for gifting me an e-arc of this book.

Rating: ★★★★

The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
George is about to spend his third Christmas without his mum. Since she died, George’s life has felt dull and grey; his dad has thrown himself into his work and has no time for family, and definitely no time for Christmas.
Then, George stumbles across Marley’s Curiosity Shop. There he finds a mysterious snow globe, which – though George can’t quite understand how – appears to show a scene from George’s past. A Christmas in which he and his family were together, and happy…
That night, George and his dad are swept on an adventure to three Christmases – past, present, and future. With help from new friends, and just a touch of magic, can they begin living life in full colour again?

Like with, I think, any retelling or adaptation of The Christmas Carol, it’s always bound to make you cry or at the least tear up a little bit, but this one hit hard and had me sobbing at parts. The reason behind George’s father banning Christmas is heartbreaking but I loved how his Nana still did little things for George to try and give him a sprinkling of Christmas when his dad wasn’t looking. Nana Flo was a brilliant character, she was a brilliant nana and was so young at heart, her adventurous side was brilliant. George’s determination to make his dad realise that it’s okay to still celebrate Christmas was wonderful and the memories past, present and future were real tearjerkers.

The magic in this was so amazingly written, it was fun and whimsical, Clementine was one of my favourite characters, but it also showed the story of a grieving family and it was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this story for all ages, especially for fans of other Christmas Carol retellings and adaptations, but even just as a quick, fun, heartwarming Christmas story.

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