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Christmas Penny Readings Original Sketches for the Season   By: (1831-1909)

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Christmas Penny Readings: An Enchanting Collection of Original Sketches

George Manville Fenn's Christmas Penny Readings: Original Sketches for the Season takes readers on a whimsical journey through the joys and tribulations of the holiday season. This enchanting collection of sketches entices readers with vivid imagery, endearing characters, and heartwarming tales that capture the true essence of Christmas.

Fenn's masterful storytelling is evident from the very first page, as he effortlessly transports readers to frost-covered landscapes, bustling city streets, and cozy homes adorned with holly and mistletoe. His vivid descriptions paint a picture so vivid that one can almost smell the tantalizing aroma of roasted chestnuts and hear the distant tinkling of sleigh bells.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is the plethora of characters that Fenn brings to life. From jolly old gentlemen dressed in red, to mischievous children eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, each character is beautifully crafted and possesses a unique charm. Fenn astutely captures the spirit of Christmas through their interactions, showcasing the power of love, compassion, and the magic that surrounds the holiday season.

The collection of sketches in this book is incredibly diverse, ranging from lighthearted tales of children's excitement and mischief, to poignant stories of redemption and forgiveness. Fenn effortlessly weaves these narratives together, creating a tapestry of emotions that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. Whether it is the heartwarming tale of an unexpected gift bringing joy to a humble household, or a poignant story of a crabby old man rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas, each sketch delivers a powerful message that resonates with readers of all ages.

Fenn's writing style is accessible and engaging, making this book a delight to read for both children and adults alike. His ability to capture the spirit of Christmas without resorting to sentimentality or clich├ęs is truly commendable. Instead, he invites readers to reflect on the deeper meanings behind the festive season, reminding us all of the importance of love, family, and sharing during this time of year.

In conclusion, Christmas Penny Readings: Original Sketches for the Season is a delightful collection that captures the magic and essence of Christmas. George Manville Fenn's exceptional storytelling skills bring the holiday season to life, making this book a must-read for anyone wanting to experience the joy, love, and enchantment that Christmas brings.

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Christmas Penny Readings Original Sketches for the Season By George Manville Fenn Published by George Routledge and Sons This edition dated 1867

Christmas Penny Readings, by George Manville Fenn.

CHRISTMAS PENNY READINGS, BY GEORGE MANVILLE FENN.

CHAPTER ONE.

CUTTING TIMES; OR, A FROST AND THAW.

ONE FREEZING SHARP.

Twenty years ago, Hezekiah Thornypath was in Luck's way so much so, that Luck kicked him out of it. Hez went up to London to make his fortune, and he took his wife and children with him to help to make it: Hez meant "to make his crown a pound," as the old song says, but he did not. Either times, trade, or Hez's management was bad; things went contrary; and, as though it were a punishment for marrying against old Thornypath's wish, Hezekiah's few hundred pounds melted away, troubles came upon him, friends forsook him, and when he considered that his affairs could be no worse, he had to fetch the doctor, who came, shook his head, and in a few hours Hez and his wife were weeping bitterer tears than they had ever shed before, for the rigour of death was fast stealing away the beauty from the features of their youngest child... Continue reading book >>




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