Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review of a Christmas Story that will touch your heart!!

Christmas Shoppe, The"The Christmas Shoppe"
    By Melody Carlson
This best selling author has done it again! Melody, the author of "Christmas at Harrington's", has again succeeded in  writing a touching Christmas tale, which makes you think- where has the real meaning of Christmas gone?   Her ability to draw you into the lives of the characters, some quirky, different, and others mean and nasty, is outstanding. 

The setting of the book is in the small town of Parrish Springs. It has the typical small town atmosphere and is described in great detail as a sleepy little place, where the stores are struggling to keep going in these times. Then upon the scene, enters a strange looking, odd acting character, Matilda.  She has managed to purchase a large , empty building in the core of the town, one which has been sought after by a wealthy major official , who takes her arrival in a very negative manner.  Mathilda has the town in a complete frenzy of wondering what on earth she is doing in this shop. Just to look at her, amazes the townspeople. Scraggly hair, jangly jewelry, strange clothing!  AND the store appears to be filled with junk!!

The story continues to tell how the other store owners start rumors and strive to get rid of this eye sore of a "shoppe".  However, to their surprise, they discover that Matilda has something there, that each one of them "needs"! BUT they do not know it!!

Melody uses delightful verses throughout the book- that Matilda displays in her stores that make you really think.  What is Christmas really about and what changes do all of us need to make?  
This is a quick to read Christmas story that we all should read and take a quick retake of how we live and celebrate the season.
An enjoyable book!!  

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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