What’s the Christmas season without a little magic and a little faith? Melody Carlson, author of over 200 books, always combines both in her inspirational Christmas stories. The Christmas Shoppe is no exception.
Although Councilman George Snider was not happy to lose out in purchasing the Barton Building in Parrish Springs, the new city manager, Susanna Elton, was hopeful that Matilda Honeycutt would bring something new to the town. Susanna was so hopeful that she encouraged her former mother-in-law, Rose, to help Matilda get the building ready. When Matilda opened The Christmas Shoppe for business, though, it disappointed her allies, and angered her opponents. It only seemed to be a thrift shop, and a shabby one at that, right in the center of town.
Tommy Thompson, owner of the local newspaper, found himself interested in Susanna, hoping she’d be a success. But, it appeared that Susanna’s support of Matilda Honeycutt might put her in opposition to many of the town’s merchants. So Susanna and Tommy both tried to talk to Matilda, with no success.
And, Matilda? She didn’t seem to care what anyone thought about her shop. She just encouraged each person to take the time, walk through her business, and find what they needed. Doesn’t everyone need something that they’ve missed in life?
As always, Carlson manages to present an enchanting little story, leaving a little magic and suspense in place. The Christmas Shoppe is a perfect book to launch a season of holiday goodwill.
Melody Carlson’s website is www.melodycarlson.com.
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson. Revell. ©2011. ISBN 9780800719265 (hardcover), 168p.
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