The prequel to A CHRISTMAS CAROL— A sweet Regency Christmas romance

Here at last is the untold story of Scrooge’s doomed engagement

Belle Endicott and Ebenezer Scrooge are young, bookish, hardworking Londoners drawn together by button-making. His brand-new factory threatens her family’s tiny shop, yet they fall in love and start planning their future. When personal and business calamities strike, they confront them vigorously side by side, but ultimately something has to give. We know what it is. They do not.


The Red Button by Keith Eldred

Rating: 5 out of 5.


I was lucky enough to receive this book from the author. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.

I was hoping to read and write this review during the holiday season. Of course, life gets in the way. I was paused on the writing process and decided to scrap what I had and redo the review. I read the book again and I knew I loved it already, but I wasn’t expecting to love it more the second time. This is a book I know I will have no issues reading again.

I want to take the time to talk about character development. This is important to me because I love to feel the rise and fall of each character. This book shows determination and how that can be a wonderful motivator for someone, but also the downside is when he decided to join a partnership with Marley. There was a highlight on choices. I love that we can watch the downgrade of Scrooge from who he was to who he became.

My mom’s favorite Christmas story is A Christmas Carol. I recommend this book to her as a backstory for Scrooge. I can tell that the author read and really dissected Dickens’ story and gave a heart to Scrooge. I love the original novel and I love this one. I feel like this book is written like a song. The flow of the book is beautiful and I love that.

My Rating: My rating of this book is 5 out of 5 stars. I love how this book was written and I love the characters. I have read the book twice already and I will be reading it again. I believe people of all ages know of Ebenezer Scrooge. He is one of the most recognizable characters in history. So, when you get to read of a time of happiness, it is truly amazing. I recommend any Scrooge or Dickens lovers to take a chance on reading about a happier time for Ebenezer Scrooge.

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