Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson ~ review

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719265

Book Description

September 1, 2011
The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.

Once again, Melody Carlson delivers a Christmas story that will touch hearts and delight the senses. Sure to be a classic, The Christmas Shoppe is filled with the special magic the best Christmas stories share--that intangible mixture of nostalgia, joy, and a little bit of magic.

My take on this book:
The small town of Parrish Springs is wary of the new stranger in town. Matilda Honeycutt comes to town and purchases the on Barton Building on main street. One person in particular isn't happy that she has come to town and that's city councilman George Snider. Thing is he was hoping to purchase the building himself, and is sort of disgruntled that Matilda beat him to it. He gets the rumor mill going about the eccentric Matilda and the type of business she might be opening. When the store finally opens it is filled with what appears to be worthless second hand things. As the people of Parrish Springs start visiting the store though they soon realize what they find inside is just what they have been looking for all along.

This was a quick little read that at first really took me a bit to warm up to, because of the townspeople. Usually when someone writes about a small town most of the characters are warm, nice and accepting but most of the characters in this story didn't start out that way. But as the story progressed it made total sense to me, the author had to write them that way so that we could see the transformation that was made once they made their trip to "The Christmas Shoppe."  I thought the inspirational message of letting go of the hurts of our past to heal ourselves was great. If your looking for a quick read that will put you in  an upbeat mood, with the inspirational message of faith,forgiveness and spiritual healing then your going to want to pick up "The Christmas Shoppe" and take a trip to Parrish Springs.
rating 5/5

* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

"Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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