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The Chain You Forge

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Inspired by Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."Benita Holden has more money than she’ll ever spend. As a personal injury attorney, her bank account grows in large sums. What does she spend her money on? Nothing. What does she do for fun? Work. Her life is one of routine, from the moment she wakes until she goes to bed at night.That all changes one night when she gets a visit from her father, a man who’s been dead seven years now…

232 pages, Kindle Edition

Published November 15, 2017

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Kathryn J. Bain

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November 26, 2020
Every year my sister and I pick a Christmas book to read as part of our Sisters Book Club and this was my pick this year. I picked this up last year after a very positive review in the paper and was so looking forward to reading it this year.
I'm giving this 3 out of 5 stars although I have to say that the beginning of the book was very disappointing. It is a modern re-telling of Dickens A Christmas Carol which did intrigue me. Benita Holden has become quite successful as a Personal Injury Lawyer but she is more interested in how much money she is going to make than she is about the clients she is representing and cares little for the people in her firm. The only thing that seems to matter is the bottom line. Nor, does she have much of a relationship with her niece.
Everything changes when one night before Christmas she gets a visit from her father's ghost who warns her that if she does not change her ways, her fate will be worse than his. Sound familiar? The visit from her father seemed a little to close to the dialogue from The Christmas Carol and I think the author could have spent a wee bit more time developing the opening of this story. I loved the last part of the book and I am very happy that I finished the book. It is a very touching story and because of that, I will forgive the beginning. It is definitely worth the read.
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November 15, 2017
A new twist on "A Christmas Carol". The premise is similar - what does it take to get the curmudgeon Benita back on the right track and realize there's more to life than herself and her money. Of course, it will take some ghosts. The writing on "The Chain You Forge" is current and crisp. It brings to the forefront not only Benita's life but life in general and how even a small decision or unforeseen circumstance can change life for anyone. Benita's trip through her life not only kept the book moving but kept my attention and interest. There were a few twists and turns that kept the pages turning. The outcome was as expected because that is the point of the book and you know it from the start. Even so, the writing was fresh and the story re-told with a backdrop of current events and images that should grab anyone's attention.
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190 reviews2 followers
November 17, 2017
If you like Dicken's Christmas Carol... you are going to love Ms. Bain's version. Benita is a very wealthy woman. She is an attorney at her own law firm. Always looking out for her bottom line, even ignoring her own family and the families of the firm. One night she is visited by her dead father... Change or your chains will be longer than mine he tells her.....three spirits will visit you; pay heed to what they say! This is a Christmas Carol with a Christian undertone. This book can be enjoyed by all age groups.

I received this book as an advanced reader. I am reviewing the book because I honestly loved it!
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2,347 reviews21 followers
November 17, 2017
I loved this modern day retelling of a Christmas Carol.
The storyline was intriguing, the characters vivid and the setting compelling.
This was an enjoyable Christmas read and it is highly recommended.
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November 25, 2020
3 stars and it only because of the last couple of chapters. This was supposed to be inspired by Dicken’s Christmas Carol, but it was more of a modern retelling (much eye rolling went on). It was ok, but it could have been better.
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301 reviews9 followers
December 30, 2020
Benita's Do Over

Bonita Holden was one very selfish, unkind attorney whose primary ambition was to make all she could and keep it for herself. Work was her main focus. She had no friends nor did she have a life outside of work. But then she had a series of visitors before her life changed. A must read!
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692 reviews16 followers
November 18, 2017
I loved this retelling of A Christmas Carol. It has made me think. I highly recommend this story.
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December 25, 2017
A fan of Dicken’s Christmas Carol, this book caught my eye. Downloaded it to Kindle and enjoyed this quick read. The lessons are good for us all and being retold in modern day times was interesting.
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November 5, 2019
If you remember "A Christmas Carol" from your childhood, I think you'll like this. Some echos of the original, but enough differences to make it worth reading. Fun and Christmassy.
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June 28, 2020
Great book

Yes, it was a re-telling of A Christmas Carol, but much better because it had Jesus in it. Happy reading.
January 4, 2022
Book is a play on a Christmas carol that takes place in my home town. Good ol Jacksonville, FL.
It was a very good easy read. It did draw you in with the small town feel.
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