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Project Scrooge (Christmas in Garland Collection, #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Can Scrooge find love from a friendship gone cold?

Sanford Stone cut ties with his best friend, Natalie, in favor of the love of his life … a woman who ended up walking out on him just before Christmas. Six years later, Sanford can’t bring himself to celebrate Christ’s birth with any joy. Little does he know, his grandmother and her companions have dubbed him the Scrooge a
Paperback, 1, 130 pages
Published 2019 by Independently published
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Amanda Tero
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are so many "Christmas feels" in this book. Nostalgic traditions carry a good weight of this little story and is a must for a Christmas TBR!

"Scrooge" is a very bitter and hurting man, but it's not just slapped on him. He has a very understandable and relatable reason. Natalie is a great friend and you also see her growth as an individual throughout the story.

I think what stood out to me most in this was the message that packed a powerful punch. Though I haven't lived through what these cha
Alicia Ruggieri
Sweet as a stick of peppermint candy, Project Scrooge has both the delightful nostalgic feeling of the Dickens story that inspired it and yet the realism of a contemporary. I couldn’t help but root for both Natalie and Sanford to overcome the habits and thought-patterns that have led to defeat, discouragement, and bitterness. I loved the creative use of the three “ghosts”, the memorable supporting cast, and the satisfying ending.

Well-recommended for those who enjoy new twists on old classics and
Karen Hadley
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BAH HUMBUG!! Those are the first words I think of when it comes to the "Christmas Carol". "Project Scrooge" is a delightful and closer to the truth for some people than we realize. If Sanford auditioned for The Scrooge in a modern day play, he would be chosen without hesitation. Even though he's grumpy and bitter, life has a way of changing a person. His grandmother, Ms. Carol (I love it), and her elves, a group of friends come together to bring the Christmas spirit back to Sanford'
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am going to start this review with a post that I made on Facebook about this book. "I am reading, I know, no surprise but these statements in a Christmas story just really has me thinking, wow Anita Richardson Heath has done it again.
Here are the quotes " He said I had the right to hand my anger over to the Lord.I had the right, and the ability as a Christian, to hand over my need for justice to a just and Holy God. ........" But I I learned two things" "One, I'm not capable of doling out jud
Deana Dick
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has been such an inspiration to me. I love how the author gently reminds us about the real meaning of Christmas. You may recognize the similarities from a very well known Christmas story but the author has made it her own story in a compassionate way. I can definitely identify with Sanford in this story. He has not wanted to celebrate Christmas because he is bitter, unhappy and holds a grudge. Isn't he just such a cheerful person to be around? Many of us hold own to something that hur ...more
Kimberly Bowie
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Heath has written a charming story following the premise of Dickens' Scrooge! In this delightful, modern-day rendition, Ms. Heath's characters deal with love, loss, anger, and eventually healing. I love the character development and storyline and how the characters are so relatable. It's such a wonderful picture of how things can fester within us and rob us of our happiness.

I highly recommend this story for anyone looking for a good read! This story can be read in one sitting; so, allow your
Becky Dempsey
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the idea of a modern day Scrooge story without the ghosts. The cover of "Project Scrooge" really drew me in. I love the look on Sanford's face and how it fits the book really well. The book was well written and had a nice flow to it. I especially liked Natalie and her sacrificial love for Sanford and her desire for him to find joy again. The different tasks that Ms. Carol comes up with for Sanford to celebrate Christmas were fun. I felt like I was participating with them. I enjoyed how A ...more
Molly Fiscus
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my word! This was just so amazing! :) all the Christmas feels and the amazing truth abt forgiveness. It really spoke to my heart and I don’t think it’s something I will forget! Y’all take time to read this quick read! You won’t regret it!
Natalie, Sanford, Granny, Hunter, and Mia will leave you with a satisfied and happy feeling! Great job A.M. Heath! :)
Virginia Winfield
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful way to write about The Christmas Carol. I liked that it wasn’t just a rehash of this classic story. I really loved both of these characters and the grandmother. I love the idea of doing something different each day before Christmas, though I would skip the hot chocolate because I do not care for it. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
This is such a fun, cute, Christmas story! I love the way Heath weaves Dickens into this contemporary story. A Christmas Carol serves as the context and gives a tangible depth to this story of friendship, redemption, and truth.

The family dynamics are interesting and enjoyable to read. The families depicted are unique but not unrealistic; they are by turns broken, recreated, and loyal. Of the main characters, two were orphaned at a young age, one spent most of her childhood in foster care, and on
Kim Hampton
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story really touched me, and showed me a few things that I definitely need to work on in my life. I am once again in awe of Heath's storytelling abilities, and the way that her characters feel like real people to me. I want to drop into Ms. Carol's kitchen for cocoa, and be a substitute teacher for Hunter and Mia (although I really already know a few kids just like them!). I'm already thinking that this will be an annual Christmas read for me, and I'm anxiously awaiting her next book. ...more
Abigail Harris
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: launch-teams
My Review of Project Scrooge by A.M. Heath: Since first hearing of this novella I have been so excited to read it, knowing it would be wonderful. It was bittersweet then sweet. I have not read A Christmas Carol though I have watched once, I will say that this is much better to me since I disliked the movie. Project Scrooge is a wonderful story of healing that is perfect for Christmas.

Rating: 4 stars.

Recommendation: 16 up for romance though it is likely better for 17/18 up readers due to mentions
Raechel Lenore
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Need to reread this now that it's finished! Read it in editing stage and enjoyed it!! ...more
Carolyn Neinas
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another favorite book of mine. I am never disappointed with AM Heath’s books. I prefer full stories over novellas, but I found this one to be nicely developed. It felt like I was reading a full length book and I’m looking forward to the second book in the series. This one was a fun, clean, easy read if you are looking to take a break for little snippets of time.
Ana Laura
Oh please! Stop this garbage! Does the guy just treat the woman like shit because of another woman and she still crawls behind him? What's up with these authors romanticizing this kind of shit? This is just ridiculous! ...more
Dana Kamstra
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This little story is a charming retelling of A Christmas Carol. And buried with in the pages is a beautiful truth of forgiveness and how the lack of can really impact us without realizing. But on a lighter note, there are some fun little threads and a nice dose of romance to keep the story moving and entertaining. All in all, this is a lovely version with a unique spin on Christmas "ghosts". ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this, it brought all the feels out! When I end a book in tears (happy ones), I know it's a good story. Great Christian message about the importance of forgiveness in our lives, handing over our bitterness to a Savior who can heal our hearts, and a sweet romance blossoming at the end. My favorite Christmas movie is "A Christmas Carol" and so this was the perfect modern day rendition of it.

Such a fun read!
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Natalie is a physical therapist; Sanford owns a burger joint at the mall; former best friends. Their story in "Project Scrooge" has them already in a tiff with each other. Sanford is the Scrooge in this story -- and he's in a really bad mood this holiday season. Natalie sees a cry for help and decides to lead a Scrooge intervention! -- with the help of friends. The three Ghosts of Christmas are coming to visit!

What easy reading! I can just sit back and really enjoy A.M. Heath's lovely holiday ta
Esther Filbrun
A Delightful Christmas Read

Years ago, I read A Christmas Carol for school and loved it so much that I sat down and read it aloud to my brothers over the course of the next few weeks. I don’t know how impressed they were, but I have always loved the story. So when I saw that A.M. Heath was writing a retelling of the book, I knew I had to read it. And what a lovely story it turned out to be!

This book is very similar to A Christmas Carol in some ways (shocker, right?). One of the main characters is
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that I started reading and ended up staying up way too late to finish. I will confess I haven’t read any Dickens stories (a modern day Scrooge story) but that didn’t hurt my enjoyment of this story. I loved that Natalie never lost her love for Sanford and was willing to try to help him. Grandmother Carol was a hoot and I loved her role in the scheme. Sanford had a lot to work through with his bitterness that he really didn’t realize he had. The thread of forgiveness ran strong t ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Project Scrooge is a delightful and heartwarming take of The Christmas Carol by Dickens, but with a different focus on relatable issues individuals face today. Sanford and Natalie’s tale brought moments of pleasure and sadness in all they had endured throughout their life. I loved how Granny was determined to bring Christmas back to Sanford in so many different ways during the month of December, especially the activities and the many different flavors of cocoa. The flow of this charming Christma ...more
Loretta Marchize
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
five stars

Prose 5/5

Romance: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Plot: 5/5


Engaging and simple. Easy to read, but I still really liked it.


Very well carried out- with just the right amount of sweetness and tension. I loved the trope from friends/enemies to lovers too!


Well done, especially ‘scrooge.’ The transition/character arc was smooth and seemed natural.


For a romance novel this was up there. I didn’t want to put it down and it was pretty engaging. Unlike some romance novels, it didn
Sherry Deatrick
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, different quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it !
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Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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