Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Christmas Shoppe

Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Romance

4 Stars
Matilda Honeycutt moves to the small town of Parrish Springs and opens a new shop on the town's main street.  Matilda has scraggly hair and dresses like a gypsy.  The residents of the town think she is opening a second hand shop, and decide it doesn't fit in, they think her "junk shop" must go.  Especially believing this is George Snider, who wanted the building for himself but it was bought by Matilda.  Eventually, the townspeople start going into the shop, and things begin to change for them all as they find things they didn't even know they were looking for.
 When I first started reading this book, it was not what I expected.  When authors write about small towns, usually everyone is happy, they all like each other and know what is going on in everyone's lives.  These people were nothing like that.  It seemed they were petty and self-centered.  That is because they were supposed to be that way, so as the book progresses, you can see the changes in the people themselves.  They learn things about themselves, how to let go and move on, and all I can add is that this is a lovely book, about people who have lost who they were and found themselves again, through the magic of "The Christmas Shoppe".
It's a story of redemption, forgiveness and hope; all wonderfully done. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I am definitely looking forward to reading more.

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