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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 bro...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Revell
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Abbie Riddle
An eccentric old lady with strange ways, a small town, a ruthless City Councilman and a new to town City Manager fleeing a past of brokenness and pain are thrown together in a story that effects every one in this sleepy little town.

Melody Carlson has woven together a heart-touching story of faith and redemption. This book is just the right length to read on a lazy fall day as you cuddle beneath a stack of blankets. The story is easy enough to read that from the first page the reader is drawn in...more
Mayda
The Christmas Shoppe is a charming, heart-warming tale set in a small town. A rather peculiar woman comes to the town, purchases a store, and opens a Christmas shop. But this store, like its owner, is unlike anything the townspeople have ever seen. Barely veiled hostility erupts from the other business people and town leaders because of the shabbiness of the store’s used merchandise. But there is more to the store – and this tale – than meets the eye. Is it magic? Is this strange person working...more
Shari Larsen
The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt; an eccentric older woman with long gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks. There are rumors going around about the mystical woman; is she witch, or an aging hippie selling drugs, or is she planning to sue the town?

Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to purchase the old Barton Building on the quaint main street. When her new shop doesn't fit in with the expectations of the other business owners of the town,...more
Cindy
Do you have everything you need? Well neither do the people of Parrish Springs, however they do not understand that the things they really need are not things but perhaps concepts and feelings. Like love, forgiveness, peace, kindness. When a new lady comes to town, Matilda Honeycutt and buys the Barton Building, the downtown businesses are worried about what type of business will be going in. Imagine their dismay, after waiting weeks it seems this business is a thrift store, filled with horrible...more
Trinity Rose
The Christmas Shoppe is a uniquely different kind of Christmas story. It is what should really happen at Christmas.
Matilda comes into town to open a shop and it seems everyone turns against her because she is strange and different until they each one by one come into her shop.
I think Matilda is a very loveable character and full of vim and vigor. She doesn’t back down when people get mean or cross to her, she just shows them love.
I really like this book because it shows us that no matter what...more
Giovanni Gelati
I have my wife hooked on these things, these little novels around this time of year. Melody Carlson is beginning to become a tradition here at Casa de Gelati. My wife reads the story and then tells me to read it. I know I will enjoy it so I do and did, then my daughters form a line and the book goes from one to the other till they have all read it. Pretty good mileage on this novel.
What is not to like? The cover just rocks, the content is just as good if not better which is a true compliment bec...more
Ibjoy1953
The Christmas Shoppe.....by Melody Carlson

An old historic building is up for sale along the towns shopping stores and the new stranger in town purchases it. The town people are suspicious of Matilda Honeycutt because she is opening a new store but the only thing they see that she has is old junk that no one would want. This causes quite a stir among the townspeople and they get together to see what they can do about running her out of town before she ruins all of their Christmas business.

Matilda...more
Carly
I just don’t think Christmastime would be right without one of Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories. I have read her new Christmas book every year for the past few years and I always enjoy them. The Christmas Shoppe was no exception. I enjoyed the cozy, small town and the interesting characters that Melody created. Now, this book like all of her Christmas books, is a simple story without a great deal of depth or development. And that’s okay because Melody saves that for her other books. This book...more
Jenn O'Brien
Let the season of Christmas books begin! (Yes, I know I have a Christmas addiction, I freely admit it.) I think the thing I love the most is that you know with a Christmas book that everything is going to turn out better; the reader comes away with a hopeful, uplifted feeling that in turn gives a boost of positive energy to your attitude. I guess you could call it an infusion of the spirit of the holiday season.

As soon as I began reading this story, I could a made-for-TV movie unfolding before m...more
Melanie
The Christmas Shoppe
Melody Carlson
Revell

The Bantam building, center of Main Street in small town Parrish Springs is auctioned off in a sealed envelope auction. Matilda Honeycutt comes out of nowhere and wins the bid for the building. Who is this mysterious older woman who has come to open a Christmas Shoppe?
As the town’s newspaper owner Tom, upon request of Councilman George, seeks out to find the nitty gritty on Matilda, the town’s people begin to change.

A great start to the Christmas season on...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
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...more
Lynne Young
This is a delightful, quick read. Perfect for the holidays. The subtle meanings in this book can apply to anyone of us and it is a very uplifting, heartwarming story. If you are looking for a book to lift your spirit this holiday season, this book is a must read.
Lois
Well, it is the time of year for eggnog and Christmas books. Melody Carlson has another stellar Christmas book this year with a sweet story that will bring tears to your eyes and remind you of the true reason we celebrate Christmas. Enjoy.
Janet
Jan 14, 2014 Janet rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The Christmas Shoppe is one of the most delightful books that I've read in quite awhile. Yesterday I was just a little over halfway through the book, but this evening I just couldn't stop reading it until I finished the whole book.

The basic story is about an eccentric older woman who moves to a small town, purchases an old building in the heart of downtown, and proceeds to turn it into a business she has named "The Christmas Shoppe." When the store is almost ready to open, many townspeople becom...more
Paula
Such an enjoyable Christmas story!
Paula
A magical Christmas story!
Gail Welborn

The Christmas Shoppe, by Melody Carlson, Hardcover, Revell, 2011, 168 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0800719265, $15.99

When grumpy Councilman Snyder learned Matilda Honeycutt won the sealed bid for the rundown building he had a buyer for his temper tantrum could be heard near and far. He considered Matilda an interloper the small town of Parrish Springs could ill afford with her scraggly hair and jingling jewelry. Why she looked more like a “bag lady” than a respectable buyer. Who knew what shenanigans she...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This was definitely a feel-good story but for those who might be scared off by the title, I did not find it overwhelmingly "Christmas-y". It was set in the weeks before and after Thanksgiving, and does give you small doses of the message of salvation, so would be good for someone who doesn't have a personal relationship with Christ.

It made me think about treasures from my childhood that might evoke nostalgic memories if I were to stumble across them today. Like a Mrs. Beasley doll or an old dia...more
Laura
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson is a sweet little novella that is a perfect read for this time of year.

Matilda Honeycutt has just moved to the town of Parrish Springs and she's already made a few people angry. Not only does she buy a building out from under the nose of city councilman George Snider, but she seems to be having an unusual effect on the people who visit her store. After naming her store The Christmas Shoppe, everyone is expecting a unique store that will brighten the downtow...more
Laura
Title: THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPE
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1926-5
Genre: Inspirational/Contemporary/Christmas

Matilda Honeycutt is a strange woman with scraggly hair and jewelry that jangles. She reminds some of hippies in the sixties. And the small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for someone like Matilda.

When Matilda buys a prominent business location, people are curious about what kind of shop she’s opening. But the curiosity quickly turns nasty when t...more
Katrina Burchett
Matilda Honeycutt purchased the old Barton Building in Parrish Springs and Councilman Snyder was not pleased. Appearances seemed important to the residents, so it didn't take long before most of them were also against Matilda. This woman who was `different' wasn't welcome in their small town, but what could they do to get her to leave?

The book's cover caught my eye, and then I noticed the author's name. I had never read one of Melody Carlson's Christmas books, so I decided to buy this one. The s...more
Tamara
THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPE by Melody Carlson is a quirky story, hedging on the mystical.

Shop owner Matilda Honeycutt has come to the sleepy town of Parrish Springs. But, as she settles in, the town folk are not very welcoming or accepting of Matilda’s eccentricities. Buying a rundown building in the middle of downtown, the town expects Matilda to fix up the store. So, they are not at all pleased that her Christmas Shoppe is nothing more than a secondhand store with tattered and discarded items. As a c...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson is a sweet holiday novella with a message of hope for readers. Susanna Elton is still settling into her job as city manager of Parrish Springs when newcomer Matilda Honeycutt moves to town and purchases a building, intending to open a new store. As Matilda begins to ready the store for opening, the whole town is thrown into controversy. A councilman is angry that she outbid him on the building and stirs up trouble against her, but even that doesn't create t...more
Lesa
What’s the Christmas season without a little magic and a little faith? Melody Carlson, author of over 200 books, always combines both in her inspirational Christmas stories. The Christmas Shoppe is no exception.

Although Councilman George Snider was not happy to lose out in purchasing the Barton Building in Parrish Springs, the new city manager, Susanna Elton, was hopeful that Matilda Honeycutt would bring something new to the town. Susanna was so hopeful that she encouraged her former mother-in-...more
Lisa
Just like the townspeople in The Christmas Shoppe, I thought the store was going to hold Christmas decorations and maybe even small gifts for children to give their parents. Silly me!! I was sure surprised when the truth came out!

Loving Melody Carson books, I was surprised at the animosity of some characters. It just didn’t seem her style to have such bitter individuals in the story. I soon learned the necessity of those folks to make the story work. Even the nicer characters began to turn on Ma...more
Brenda
The small town of Parrish Springs is wary of the new stranger in town. Matilda Honeycutt comes to town and purchases the on Barton Building on main street. One person in particular isn't happy that she has come to town and that's city councilman George Snider. Thing is he was hoping to purchase the building himself, and is sort of disgruntled that Matilda beat him to it. He gets the rumor mill going about the eccentric Matilda and the type of business she might be opening. When the store finally...more
Louise
Story Description:

The small town of Parrish Springs is not quite ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange woman with scraggly hair and jewellery that jangles as she walks, Matilda keeps busy stocking and arranging her new shop on the town’s quaint and lovely Main Street. When rumours 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...more
Mandolin
Matilda Honeycutt may have the means to purchase prime real estate in the small, struggling town of Parrish Springs...but she certainly doesn't dress to prove it! With her untidy grey hair and gypsy-like clothes, Matilda has the townsfolk baffled. And when her shop windows are finally opened, displaying an eclectic collection of secondhand junk, it becomes quite clear that Matilda is NOT the sort of shopkeeper that they want in their town! She has got to go! Despite their initial desire to help...more
Cheryl
The small town of Parrish Springs is in an uproar when newcomer, Matilda Honeycutt arrives in town. She purchases the unoccupied old Barton building. This makes George Snider irate. He was going to purchase the building. Than Matilda has the nerve to board up the windows, so that no one can see what type of store she is opening. Rumor has it that it is going to be a thrift shop. None of the other merchants are happy about this.

With the town folks not happy, this is a problem for new city manage...more
Kasi Lou
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...more
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi...more
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