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GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Human frailties, a mysterious woman, a curious shop, and some amazing Christmas miraclesNovember 16, 2017GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Parrish Springs was typical small town USA. Then Matilda Honeycutt purchased the old Barton Building in the downtown area and things began to change.
Councilman George Snider didn't like change. First, the city hired a female city manager, Susanna Elton. So he tried to quietly make her life difficult. Sometimes he wasn't so quiet about it. That's how small town politics worked. When Ms. Honeycutt put in a bid for the old vacant building, it was accepted and that didn't sit right with George Snider, either. He had wanted to buy that old building himself, although many in the community weren't so excited about that. They had heard he wanted to sell it to a big box discount store. They all knew what would happen then. Local businesses would suffer.
Matilda began preparing her building for her business. She didn't tell anyone what type of business it was, but rumors were flying. Other businesses were nervous. Then a big sign was delivered to the old Barton Building. "Christmas Shoppe." Before the doors were open for business, rumors began to fly all over town. Not all of them were very nice. People were now being nosy, curious, and nasty. They picked on Matilda's appearance. They picked on the items a few have seen that were to be put on the shelves. It was all a mystery. No one could figure out this new businesswoman.
When the doors opened the mystery deepened. It looked like a shoddy thriftshop, not a Christmas store. People began to get angry and the other businesses on that street signed a petition to close Matilda's store down. But while all this is happening, mysterious things were going on. Susanna was baffled when she tried to warn Matilda what people were saying about her. She wanted Matilda's small business to succeed. But Matilda didn't pay her any mind. One by one, people entered the shop and their lives were subtly changed.
When I want a unique story to read, especially a Christmas story, Melody Carson is my go to author. Her books are refreshing, unique, and meaningful. I have read many of her Christmas stories, and my heart has always been touched in one way or other. This one is no exception. The plot is slow to develop, but holds our interest in many ways. We become engaged with the characters and with the town atmosphere. They are always so true to life. There is an air of mystery, almost a taste of fantasy, but always with a good heart issue at the core. I tried to guess what the purpose of the puzzling thrift shop could be, but as usual I was carried right up to the final pages unable to predict where the book would take me. And once again, it touched my heart. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy small town stories, light mysteries, a touch of fantasy, and a good sound Christmas message.
luluAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas ShoppeJanuary 1, 2015luluAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love all of Melody Carlson's Christmas books and this one did not disappoint. I have been sending them around my friends at church. Can't do that with ebooks!! I like to get the books that have three stories in one book.
JoyceFresno, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5It was short, but sweet.January 20, 2014JoyceFresno, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed the book, but it was much shorter than I expected it to be. I read it in no time. I would recommend it to my friends, because it was a cute little story. Some who are not fast readers would especially enjoy it.
Karen Rogers5 Stars Out Of 5Loved the book!January 17, 2014Karen RogersQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book to read for the Christmas Season, the price of the book was excellent!
mommabyrdNewland, NCAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good ReadDecember 16, 2013mommabyrdNewland, NCAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thought this was a really good book, but fairly predictable. I gave it to a friend since I had read it before. It was a great buy and I really liked the author. I love Christmas books.