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The Christmas Shoppe by [Carlson, Melody]
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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.

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A small town. An eccentric newcomer. And an unusual store that is more than meets the eye. In this charming story full of sweet surprises, find out what happens when curiosity gets the best of people and they enter the Christmas Shoppe.

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  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 1st edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PLJY6
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By Avid Mystery Reader VINE VOICE on September 5, 2011
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Every year I look forward to a Christmas story by Melody Carlson (similar to the anticipation of a new Debbie Macomber Christmas story). The difference in the two authors is that Carlson's is heavily Christian in nature. So if you have not read any of Carlson's novels you will need to know that I think some might think them slight "preachy" but I really enjoyed this one. It is about a strange (in fact, weird) stranger that comes to town and outbids a local for a building on main street of this little town.
If you have lived in a small town, you will know how typical the reactions are of the locals to a stranger. The locals want to get rid of her and take actions to do so; however, there is a twist to this story. I do not want to give the twist away but although one can pretty much surmise the essence of the story (and Carlson is for the most part, fairly transparent in her writings in all of her novels), it is still a joy to see the characters react to this stranger and to determine for one's self just who or what this strange person is.
I read this book in a couple of settings within a 24 hour period. I just could not leave it alone. This for me is the hallmark of a good story. This book has certainly started off my holiday reading season on a good note!
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Finally Susanna the new city manager of Parrish Springs has found a new owner for an empty downtown building. But the transaction is mysterious, a sign of mistrust, especially coming from Councilman Snider, a man who had his own secret plans for the building. Can he convince the rest of the community that whoever this new owner is, must go...and go now?

As in most small towns, rumors fly faster than pre-holiday snowflakes. Matilda, the new owner, both barefoot and beaded, seems to care little of the wave of disenchantment toward her mystery business. But once the big new sign is mounted on the storefront, "The Christmas Shoppe", surely all will be hunky-dory. No, not with the shelves full of damaged discarded whatnots unworthy of the best of flea markets.
Plus the owner, Matilda, has been likened to a gypsy, hippie, witch, bag lady, vagabond, certifiably crazy nut, outsider, saboteur, rebel, at least being evil and wily.

Yet readers will find their heart aligning with this mysterious lady, not the mayor, city heads, business neighbors, or even Tommy, the owner of the local paper "Parrish Spring Sprout." He has his own issues to edit. But one by one, the townsfolk enter the store, and behold find it has to do more with Christmas than the "thrift merchandise" displays.
If YOU, readers, search through the pages of Melody Carlson's book, The Christmas Shoppe, you just might find a thing you need--if you look hard enough. Such as: forgiveness, patience, truth, heart, love--for certain, readers will find the Christmas scent of frankincense and Hallmark.

This author is good at writing small town holiday inspiration. A fun read.
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This is a tale of a small town, but the troubles and problems are those of anybody. However there is the addition of the mysterious stranger - Matilda comes with solutions. The question is will the town accept them.
We have all the typical small town problems - someone new and different, not conforming... except this is not just only small town behavior. There are rumors of what this mystical woman is. Is she a witch, or an aging hippie who will deal in drugs, or someone who will sue the town?

What we have is lost and found peace of heart and of course love discovered which ties in with the spirit of Christmas.
The story takes place just before Christmas, and part of the worry is that the Christmas shopping season will be ruined and that the angst against Matilda is not creating an aura of love and goodwill. The purpose of the tale does have a Christian flavor, especially of forgiveness. We are not told the whole story of even some of the main character's life changing events; but it is still a nice little Christmas story.
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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.
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An eccentric woman open The Christmas Shoppe on Main St in the small town of Parrish Springs. The Christmas Shoppe seems to be a thrift store filled with junk "no one would buy" on a street that isn't zoned for that type of business. The town is in an uproar led by the Councilman who wants the building for himself. But everyone that enters The Christmas Shoppe leaves with something they may not have known they needed.

I enjoyed reading this story. The characters were engaging and I thought the plot was interesting. I wouldn't mind a chance to browse the shelves of The Christmas Shoppe myself.

Fans of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas will not be disappointed by this sweet Christmas tale.
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