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The Christmas Shoppe

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,404 ratings  ·  240 reviews
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 Fleming H. Revell Company
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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
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
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,
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
The Christmas 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.

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
The Christmas Shoppe
Melody Carlson

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
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
A sweet timely read for the season. Strange bohemian Matilda Honeycutt comes to small town Parrish Springs and causes a stir by opening up what appears to be a rather motley second hand store , The Christmas Shoppe, in the middle of town, but attitudes begin to change as townspeople are drawn to the unique shoppe and discover it's treasures. 3.5 stars
Judging by everyone's reviews, most people seem to find this book enchanting. I lasted two chapter, until I couldn't stand any more small town pettiness Not sure if there's something wrong with the book or something wrong with me.
I'm sure it gets better and develops into something wonderful. I just couldn't wait that long.
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.
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.
Lori Henrich
Matilda has just recently moved to town and the people were stunned when she preceded to buy a building in the main store district. She apparently plans to open a store. No one is sure what kind of store she plans to open. The only things that could be put on the shelves, pure junk. Matilda is a strange person in appearance and manner. No one really knows how to take her. When she opens her "Christmas Shoppe" the other merchants ban together in the hopes to remove her. Yet as people enter the sh ...more
Steve Campbell
Think Hallmark Christmas special. If you like them, I think you'll like this book and most of this author's other Christmas stories. If you don't like them, you will probably want to pass this by. Yet, this book is a little more mature than most of her other Christmas stories. We don't get page upon page of the characters mentally rehashing their issues. The plot moves nicely, and there is a bit of mystery as we try to figure out who the mysterious Matilda is. Even the ending isn't quite as abru ...more
This was a feel-good book perfect for a cozy Sunday afternoon read. If you have ever lived in a small town, the attitudes of the community in this book were right on. In a world of suspicion of strangers and doing anything different this book hit on the fear we all have of change and acceptance. It is the perfect read for Christmas, giving us an insight into expanding our compassion. We all have things inside of us that need healing. Perhaps some might see this book as being whimsical with a fai ...more
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
Wonderfully quirky Christmas story filled with a delightfully refreshing Christmas spirit.
Such an enjoyable Christmas story!
A magical Christmas story!
Carrie Daws
Whimsical is not quite the right word for Melody Carlson's book The Christmas Shoppe. Perhaps some of you will understand it this way: Nanny McPhee opens a shop in a small town.

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As I learned more about Matilda Honeycutt through the story, thoughts of Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee came to mind. This odd but sweet woman was unconcerned with what others thought. She was in town for a purpose.

The back stories of the people became important, but Melody Carlson did a great job of not tell
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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