Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Christmas Shoppe: A Book Review

About The Book:

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 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.

You can read an excerpt of The Christmas Shoppe here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble TakeThe Jerk Magnet, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books in 2010 and 2011. She and her husband live in central Oregon. For more information about Melody visit her website atwww.melodycarlson.com

My Review:

I have been reading Melody Carlson books for some time now and have always enjoyed them. Last year, I had the opportunity to review The Christmas Dog and Christmas at Harrington's, both of which are beautiful, quick reads, perfect for a weekend read with your favorite cup of tea. This year, Carlton has released another delightful Christmas themed book, in The Christmas Shoppe. With quirky, and endearing characters, you will be drawn into the drama of small town living from the very first pages. I love that this is another quick read, and perfect for ages young adult and up. Another great book to add to my Christmas reading library. I would love to see Carlson develop some of the characters and storylines further in future books, as well as develop The Christmas Shoppe into a movie, but only time will tell if that occurs.

With themes of forgiveness, letting go of the past, and realizing that God has a purpose in everything, you will love this delightful little read. I know I did, and cannot wait to read more from Melody Carlson in the future.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Christmas Shoppe at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of the above book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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