When I found out that this novel was a retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens I was a little apprehensive about reading it as I wondered if there could be anything new to add to this most traditional of Christmas tales. However, I needn’t have worried as in Nicky’s hands and with the help of some rock and roll magic, this is a fun, festive frolic.
The reader meets Jude who is the lead singer of a rock band who initially enjoyed much success but mainly due to Jude’s increasingly surly and rude behaviour, have now declined sales and expectations. Jude’s personal life is not much better as Jude comes home to an empty flat on Christmas Eve where his girlfriend had been living with him.
Once the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit Jude, each in the guise of some very recognisable stars of rock and roll although as said in the book “ things are not as they appear to be”. The ghosts visit Jude to let him know how his life could end up if he continues down the self-destructive and selfish path he has been going down. Will Jude learn from his mistakes in time to make Christmas a time to celebrate or not?
I loved reading this novella, there was humour and warmth and a sprinkling of Christmas magic. Although this is the first book I have read by Nicky Wells, I understand that some characters from her other work also make an appearance. A lovely piece of escapism and I shall certainly be reading more of Nicky’s work.