The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson
The Christmas Shoppe
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.
I didn't really like The Christmas Shoppe. It was a little too hokey for me. Matilda moves into town and opens a shop on main street. She doesn't really interact with the town and a lot of people get upset. It looks like she is opening some second hand shop and a lot of the townspeople are upset and get more riled up by the counsel man who wants her out for his own gain.
You get the story of a few of the people who live in town and how Matilda magically has whatever they need in their shop to help them move on with their lives and be better people. They walk around in some sort of daze after leaving her shop and everyone else notices their odd behavior. It was really just too much for me. Too cheesy and "magical". I didn't really care for any of the characters and didn't really care what happened. So not a very good read overall.