Author: Jim Piecuch
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Historical Romance, Victorian, Holidays
Published By: Pocket Star
Published Date: November 17, 2014
Sold By: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
About the Story: Tiny Tim is all grown up in this continuation of Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol, and this time, a certain ghost shows him the true meaning of Christmas cheer!
In A Christmas Carol, evil Scrooge was shown the error of his ways by three helpful ghosts and vowed to become a better person. Bob Cratchit and his family benefited most from Scrooge’s change of tune—but what happened after the goose was given, and Scrooge resolved to turn over a new leaf?
Tim Cratchit’s Christmas Carol shows us Tiny Tim as an adult. Having recovered from his childhood ailment, he began his career helping the poor but has since taken up practice as a doctor to London’s wealthy elite. Though Tim leads a very successful life, he comes home at night to an empty house. But this holiday season, he’s determined to fill his house with holiday cheer—and maybe even a wife.
When a single, determined young mother lands on Tim’s doorstep with her ailing son, Tim is faced with a choice: stay ensconced in his comfortable life and secure doctor’s practice, or take a leap of faith and reignite the fire lit under him by his mentor, Scrooge, that fateful Christmas so many years ago.
My Thoughts: Jim Piecuch had my attention before he even began the tale. The idea of peering into the past to see how the Cratchit family lived after The Christmas Carol story ended, was just too curious of an event not to read. I’m glad I did.
The joyous Christmas season after Scrooge had ‘seen the light’ was rekindled in this wonderfully well written tale. Jim Piecuch wove just enough Christmas magic into the story reminding me miracles do happen even when all seems lost.
Bob Cratchit passed away a few years before this story began, nor was Scrooge alive. Their spirits hovered close, helping Tim make correct choices. Tim had never forgotten Mr. Scrooge’s generosity, to locate doctors to heal his crippled leg. He also gave him the chance to become a doctor.
Presently, Tim was at a cross-roads in his life. He wanted to make a difference in his work, but found himself treating the upper-class many which were hypochondriacs, thereby becoming increasingly unhappy with his practice. I enjoyed how kind Tim was, always ready to heal the sick no matter if they were able to pay his fee or not. He was also a very lonely man. The challenges he faces and the way he is able to overcome them, make a very heart-warming Christmas story.
Christmas is a time of family, lending a helping hand where needed, and being thankful when a hand has been extended. It’s the perfect entertainment for the holidays.
This is the author’s first fictional story. He has a fondness of American Revolution history and has written several non-fiction books about this time. I hope that he tries his hand with a fictional story within that setting.
About the Author: A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Jim Piecuch served as a firefighter in that city for over thirteen years. During that time he also worked as a freelance writer and published hundreds of articles on a variety of topics in newspapers and regional and national magazines. He later left the fire department to complete his B.A. at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester and his M.A. at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Jim then moved to Virginia to pursue a Ph.D. in American history at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. He also continued to write, publishing several articles and book chapters on topics related to early American history. He has also published seven books on the history of the American Revolution. Between teaching history at a large university in Georgia and writing on historical subjects, Jim also completed his first novel, Tim Cratchit’s Christmas Carol.