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The Christmas Shoppe

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,562 ratings  ·  374 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 ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Revell
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1.5 stars. I'm being generous.

This was one of the most depressing stories I've read all year. The only reason I finished is because it was short and I kept thinking that surely a Christmas story would turn around and get happier.

So a strange woman comes to town in November with a car full of junk and a hippie sense of style. She pays cash for a building up for auction and refuses to tell anyone what she's going to do. Understandably, the townsfolk get suspicious. Anything could be going on. She
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A sweet and cute Yuletide story with a bit of fantasy thrown in. Nothing terribly special, but still fun reading nonetheless.

EDIT: Reading this again was like doing so for the first time; since it had been over seven years since I first completed it, I still wouldn't know that I'd already done so if it weren't for this website. This book inspired me to forgive those who had done me wrong; instead of focusing on others' past sins against me, I need to do an Elsa and let it go. Such an inspiring
This was a sugary sweet, quick read. It was entertaining, but there isn't much to the story. Very Hallmark-ish, which isn't really my thing, but nice for a one-time Christmas read.
A quirky woman, a strange Christmas store and a bunch of people fighting to keep their shops and town safe. Who is Matilda Honeycutt? And why did she go to Parrish Springs without any apparent reason?

I liked this story but I have to admit that I found it highly unlikely. I agree that Christmastime is a magical season and anything can happen, but I thought this was too far-fetched. The plot was lovely, really, if this kind of thing could happen in real life, I would be the first one to want a
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads-2016
This is a sweet Christmas read. Just what you need to get you in the Christmas spirit!!
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully quirky Christmas story filled with a delightfully refreshing Christmas spirit.
Abbie Riddle
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Shari Larsen
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
My first Holiday/Christmas Story. I adored it. it's warm quirky feel. the characters were funny. the writing style was simple easy to read. the plot was festive and with a strong pleasant message about God's love grace and forgiveness also learning to opening your heart to love, to people and to forgiving yourself.

the message in this story is iconic and valuable you don't have to be spiritual or religious to receive it and enjoy it. the story plot reminds of heavens grocery store. Matilda
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, christmas
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
Christmas fiction; first book read by this author. I admit to not reading a lot of Christmas-themed books, however, I decided to join in on this group read. It was reminiscent of 30 minute TV shows where everything is resolved quickly and without too much fuss. The idea behind the book is a good one. There should be more forgiveness, patience, peace, truth, and love in the world. More fluff than substance although it was a very quick read.
Teya Peck
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. I personally expected a romance or whatever, but this was a different take on the Christmas season, forgiveness and peace. I really enjoyed it. Fast read in read it in one day.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Recommended to Rayni by: Pixel of Ink
I really didn't like this book. Matilda was the catalyst, but you never got to learn anything about her. I almost wish I hadn't read it.
Shirley Chapel
I love the cover on this book. Nine times out of ten it will be the cover that attracts this reader to a book. But my experience from reading anything Melody Carlson writes is that the pages between the covers will yield a very good story. The Christmas Shoppe did not disappoint this reader.
A new shop opens in the town of Parrish Springs. No one in town knew it had sold or for that matter no one knew the buyer either. The name Matilda Honeycutt drew no recollection from anyone in town. She was
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review is a part of the Christmas in July Reading Challenge being hosted by moi! Want to participate? Jump over to this post to sign up!

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson is one of my mom's favorite books. I admit that the thought of liking something that my 70 some year old mother likes scares me just a little. But, I'm just gonna admit it. I did like it. I'm sure that means I'm halfway to being a granny but I'm embracing my little old lady self and going with it.

This book revolves
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
In my 13th Christmas story of the season, and second Melody Carlson book, we have an older lady (Matilda) purchase an old building with the idea of creating a Christmas shop. This turns out to be bad news for a City Councilman who wanted that building.

Other main characters are Susanna, the new city manager, and Tommy, the town newspaper editor. Several side characters are just fun inclusions!

There is something mystical about this new building owner and her shop. No one can quite figure out
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
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
Jenn O'Brien
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-books
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
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a quick, light-hearted read about forgiveness and healing. (Sounds like an impossibility, but here it is!) Set in a small town at Christmas time, the story reveals that each and every citizen of Parrish Hills is harboring some sort of deep heartache. Through contact with a mysterious and magical newcomer to town, each finds healing and hope for new life. Though no one personal story is developed in detail, the story manages to drive home the simple truth that hope and life are found in ...more
Nov 15, 2013 marked it as dnf
Judging by everyone's reviews, most people seem to find this book enchanting. I lasted two chapters, 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.
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This was a cute Christmas book. It takes place in a small town. The main character Matilda Honeycutt tries to spread Christmas cheer but the townspeople are at first against her. She wins them over by having the exact thing they need. I have read two other books by this author, "Christmas at Harrington's" and "The Christmas Bus". I enjoyed those books more than this one.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Lynne Young
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
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.
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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
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