Published: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Revell Company
Format: free Kindle read
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.
This one was a different kind of book for me. As a fan of Melody Carlson, I’ve come to know her books as something with a message and faith-based and while this one follows a little I got a sense of mystery with it. We meet Matilda who comes to town to set up shop, she is a mystery, but the small town comes up in a roar when she sets up her Christmas Shoppe. They see her as a little quirky woman who is basically selling junk and they want her to pack up and leave. However, there is something more than junk in her store everyone who comes to talk to her about leaving but somehow find something from their past and leaves with tears in their eyes. Who is this woman and how does she know what these people have been through? I loved this read because it gives you something different in a Christmas read, but the whole magical aspect that I love is still there. This is one book that will satisfy those who also love a little mystery in their reads.