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 quint 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.
This book unfolds at such a relaxed pace, like a cat leisurely stretching after a nap. It was interesting because the book is fairly short (168 pages) but it felt longer.
It’s a good story but it just didn’t suck me in. I was hoping it would leave me with that happy feeling that you get after reading a great book or watching a Christmas movie...but I just felt neutral after finishing it. It wasn’t time wasted but I think I was expecting to feel more of the Christmas magic…more romance. I realized this after starting a different book but the connection between the characters was missing for me too.
I know my friend Wendy at Wall-to-Wall Books really enjoyed this book so I’m linking her review in case you want a second opinion.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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