An eccentric old lady with strange ways, a small town, a ruthless City Councilman and a new to town City Manager fleeing a past of brokenness and pain are thrown together in a story that effects every one in this sleepy little town.
Melody Carlson has woven together a heart-touching story of faith and redemption. This book is just the right length to read on a lazy fall day as you cuddle beneath a stack of blankets. The story is easy enough to read that from the first page the reader is drawn in and hooked.
The Christmas Shoppe at first glance is a store filled with worthless odds and ends. The owner is an odd old woman that has captured the thoughts and imagination of the towns people. Every one has their own opinions of her and her odd dress and mannerisms. However, no one that steps into the little shop comes out the same. One can not help but be changed when they encounter the power of forgiveness - the facing of the brokenness in each person. This shoppe's power is in the facing of one's past, the acknowledgment of brokenness - and the shedding of truth on lies.
In a matter of weeks this small sleepy village ruled by tradition and steeped in silent pain held by each person is changed by the power of truth unleashed with love and compassion.
This book is so sweet. If you are a Secret Santa this year put it in your basket for your person with a mug, some cocoa and marshmallows and a small fleece blanket. Everyone needs to face something in our past and be released from a bondage of some sort. Though the book is not intrusive personally it will be one that makes the reader wonder what worthless piece of "junk" still has a hold on their life and is holding them back from the very best that God has for them.
Thank you so much Revell for this review copy. I am already recommending it for others to purchase.
Just like the townspeople in The Christmas Shoppe, I thought the store was going to hold Christmas decorations and maybe even small gifts for children to give their parents. Silly me!! I was sure surprised when the truth came out!
Loving Melody Carson books, I was surprised at the animosity of some characters. It just didn't seem her style to have such bitter individuals in the story. I soon learned the necessity of those folks to make the story work. Even the nicer characters began to turn on Matilda when she opened her shoppe and it contained "junk".
I truly enjoyed seeing the characters soften and become believers after shopping at The Christmas Shoppe. Matilda is very intuitive when people come into her shoppeâ€”she can bring out long forgotten memories and make people realize what's important. The sayings and verses on her shoppe wall truly touched me and I am using them in my art and journaling. Thank you Ms. Carson for those.
The Christmas Shoppe gets 4 stars in my book. The character building and finally, togetherness, is the epitome of Christmas' true meaning. It's a true "feel good" book to get you in the Christmas spirit.
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Just in time for the holiday season! The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson is a heartwarming story that readers won't soon forget. Carlson has written a new Christmas novella for the last few years running and I was excited to receive this one. Carlson has a knack for translating the Christmas spirit directly into her books. She is able to conjure up feelings of nostalgia and Christmas memories from years long past and I think readers enjoy that kind of sentiment this time of year. It is a time of peace and joy, family and tradition and Carlson's writing exemplifies all of that and more.
In The Christmas Shoppe readers are quickly reminded of that age old lesson, "Never judge a book by it's cover!" There is a lot more to Matilda Honeycutt than meets the eye and the townspeople of Parish Springs were quick to judge her. She had scraggly hair and an unkempt demeanor. She didn't wear the right kind of clothes or talk about the most fashionable subjects. Her shop appeared to be nothing more than a junk store and people were not impressed. But once they began to filter into the Christmas Shoppe, they found exactly what they were seeking, even though they didn't understand that they had been looking for it.
Matilda is a character that reminded me of Debbie Macomber's, Mrs. Miracle. She mysteriously appears out of the blue and sets about making Christmas special for the town of Parish Springs. Carlson portrays her in manner that readers will wonder if she was really an angel in disguise or someone meant to teach them that the spirit of Christmas isn't found in fancy presents and exorbitant amounts of money. I liked the fact that Carlson gave her such a mysterious attitude, readers can almost imagine the twinkle in her eye.
One of the things that I find most interesting about Carlson's Christmas novella's is that they aren't romances. This time of year readers are inundated by piles of Christmas romance books and there are so many to choose from they hardly know what to read first. But when a book like this comes along, it's a given that is going to be good. It isn't driven by romance or sex. It's about family and hope and the Christmas story and what it means and I really felt that was something I needed to hear this Christmas. If she didn't write to touch anyone else, it certainly touched me!
I recommend this one to readers who need a touch of the Christmas spirit this year. With the economy in shambles and Christmas presents being harder and harder to come by, the treasures in Matilda Honeycutt's store, were all the more precious. A great Christmas read, with a heart felt message!
For the past three years, Revell has published a Christmas novella by Melody Carlson. I have grown fond of them. I remember the first one I read, The Christmas Dog. What I loved most about it was that it was an enjoyable Christian novel that wasn't just a romance. Then came The Christmas Bus and Christmas at Harrington's. Both were those books you curl up with a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon. This year Melody Carlson wrote this one, The Christmas Shoppe. Just like its predecessors, it was a fun read.
Storyline: There's all sorts of little stories in this one story woven together. A stranger comes to Parrish Springs and purchases an old building on the main street of town. It was desired by a coniving councilman who sets out to undermine her ability to open her shop. There's the town manager who's divorced and raising her daughter with the help of her cantankerous mother in law. There's the newspaper editor who's a single fellow in his 40s and a broken heart. There's the newspaper assistant who was left by her husband for a young divorcee. And of course, Ms. Carlson intersects all of their stories with Ms. Hunnicut, the stranger who's come to town.
Writing: Ms. Carlson writes very well. Her story is very descriptive of the people and she makes the most of the words in this short book. Simply put, it's a very easy book to read and follow.
Plot: This is one I don't want to give away, because not knowing what is going to happen makes this story like a puzzle you're putting together on the coffee table. The pieces will come together. It's a just a fun leisurely afternoon reading the story and seeing all of the pieces fit.
Conclusion: If you love to read and you love made for tv hallmark movies, you'll love this book. If you've loved Melody Carlson's Christmas novels in the past, you'll love this book. And if you're just looking for a fun book to read on a rainy afternoon, pick this one up and save it for that rainy or snowy day that I'm sure is going to come this winter!
Please note that I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review by Revell Publishing.