Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The Christmas Shoppe...Review
The small town of Parrish Springs is not quite ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange woman with scraggly hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda keeps busy stocking and arranging her new shop on the town's quaint and lovely Main Street. When rumors start to fly about what might be going on behind the papered-up windows and the locked door, the image-conscious residents start looking for a way to get this woman and her wares out of their town before Christmas.
But Matilda Honeycutt has a little something for each one of them sitting on those cluttered shelves, just waiting to be discovered.
Last year, I really enjoyed Melody Carlson's Christmas novella, Christmas at Harrington's and so I was excited to see a new one from her this year. The Christmas Shoppe was just as charming.
New city manager Susanna Elton is still trying to get her bearings when Matilda Honeycutt shows up and purchases a prime storefront. An angry councilman wanted the building and is determined to see Matilda run out of town. As Susanna and Tommy Thompson, newspaper editor, try to uncover Matilda's secrets, they discover much more than a store full of odds and ends. It's not long before Matilda's magic manages to touch the entire town in one way or another.
A charming Christmas novella about finding oneself and purpose in life. With subtle Christian themes of forgiveness and love, this is a sweet Christmas story. It's short and easily read in one or two sittings, perfect for relaxing by the fire.
Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Melody Carlson here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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