Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson * A Review

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.

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800719263
ISBN-13: 978-0800719265
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

  The Christmas Shoppe is a uniquely different kind of Christmas story. It is what should really happen at Christmas.
  Matilda comes into town to open a shop and it seems everyone turns against her because she is strange and different until they each one by one come into her shop.
  I think Matilda is a very loveable character and full of vim and vigor. She doesn’t back down when people get mean or cross to her, she just shows them love.
 I really like this book because it shows us that no matter what happens in life we can come out victorious and change our lives.
  This is an excellent book for the Christmas season and every day of the year. This book is only 168 pages, but I got a lot out of those few pages and it tells us just because a book is long doesn’t mean its better.
  The Christmas Shoppe is a must read and a keeper. You will be transported to this sweet little town with their many problems and difficulties, but come out much happier and full of hope. I highly recommend this book for one and all. Five star plus.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Sounds like a nice novella --long or short, page count doesn't really matter as long as it's good, right?

Anonymous said...

I just love this time of year! Reading all of my Christmas favorites and discovering new ones. I enjoyed your review. Another Christmas book to look for.

Renee said...

I love Melody Carlson's Christmas books, like this one and Christmas at Harrington's. It's a great gift book, also! (Stopping in to visit from the Goodreads Christian Fiction Devourers group.)