of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Faith and Family ReviewsChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A heartwarming Christmas storyNovember 16, 2011Faith and Family ReviewsChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The bookworms on your gift list will enjoy this refreshing, heartwarming story with a sprinkle of romance. It is a light, easy read. Definitely a book to read to "get away from it all" if a vacation is not on the horizon.
If you believe in Christmas angels then this book is for you! Matilda is a character in <em>The Christmas Shoppe.</em> She is an eccentric woman with some very unselfish goals as she sowed seeds of love, healing and happiness out over the people living in the town of Parrish.
I loved the story's message, which from my perspective seems three-fold:
1. Remember the true meaning of Christmas.
2. Don't allow old wounds to ruin your present and future life.
3. Allow love to conquer all.
The Christmas Shoppe receives two thumbs up for me! I am even letting my daughters read this one! :-) Oh and I did not shed one tear.....usually the tears flow in stories like this!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5sweet Christmas storyNovember 14, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The city had put the old Barton Building up for a sealed envelope auction. Matilda Honeycutt's bid had won the run down building. No one in Parrish Springs was happy about it.
Matilda began to clean up the old building. She had a sign put out front: Christmas Shoppe.
Newcomer to the city, Susanna was trying to make her way as city manager. Now she was right in the midst of the turmoil caused by the new business.
Tommy was the third generation to own the local paper. But he is getting disgruntled and is contemplating selling out.
When someone sees the boxes of shoddy merchandise Matilda has yet to place on the shelves, the feelings against are even stronger. No one wants a thrift shop right on main street.
There is something different about the items Matilda offers for sale, however. Every time a customer comes in and looks around, a particular item grabs them - and brings them healing.
Tommy didn't understand what was going on in the town. People who had been against her shop were now singing her praises. Maybe it was something in the water, or in the air. Maybe the entire town was possessed by some weird force. Then Tommy visited the shop himself.
Nobody knew exactly when Matilda left Parish Springs. They just knew the town was never the same.
What a sweet Christmas story! Hurts healed. People changed. The best gifts of Christmas. Carlson has created a wonderful story.
sunny island breezesa sunny island5 Stars Out Of 5November 14, 2011sunny island breezesa sunny islandQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm so glad that Melody Carlson writes Christmas books. This one is especially good.
An eccentric old woman snaps up a prime piece of property in downtown Parrish Springs, but no one really knows why or what is hidden in that building.
Finally she opens a most unusual shop and turns the inhabitants of the town upside down and sideways.
People want Matilda and her shop gone, but Matilda has an agenda.
Be sure to have some of those tissues handy.
AbbieTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SweetNovember 13, 2011AbbieTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleAn 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.
BaronBookReviewGilbert, AZAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The epitome of ChristmasÃ¢â¬â¢ true meaningNovember 13, 2011BaronBookReviewGilbert, AZAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Meets Expectations: 4Just 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 shoppeÃ¢â¬âshe 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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