Book Review and Giveaway: The Christmas Shoppe

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“In sleepy little Parrish Springs, everyone seems to know everyone else’s business practically before they do.  The empty Barton Building has finally sold – but not to the right person, according to Councilman Snider.  He is successful in stirring up the townspeople and turning them against the new owner, Matilda Honeycutt.  This older woman with scraggly gray hair and a different fashion sense doesn’t fit into the Parrish Springs tradition.  The town is curious, yet afraid of her at the same time.  But nothing convinces Matilda to give up her plans for The Christmas Shoppe.”


Author, Melody Carlson has written over two hundred books!  Her book sales exceed…. are you ready?… five million!  She lives with her husband of 29 years, in a cabin in the Pacific Northwest.  Fortunately, her grown sons live close by and she sees her granddaughter, Anika, frequently.  Like us, she enjoys camping and has moved up over the years from a tent, to a camper, to an RV.

Reading has been a lifelong passion for Melody.  According to her website, she started out with Little House on the Prairie books.  These famous women authors inspired her, fifteen years ago, to start writing:  Elizabeth Berg; Ann Tyler; Rosamunde Pilcher; and Maeve Binchy.

Go to her website to read more!  http://melody


When I opened the email and saw, “… a book by Melody Carlson”, I knew this was a review I wanted to write!

Last year I read and reviewed Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody.  (When you’ve read enough books by an author, don’t you feel like you can use their first name?)  Exciting news, by the way, Christmas at Harrington’s is being considered for a TV movie.  After reading The Christmas Shoppe, I think it would make an excellent movie, as well!

I love Christmas stories!  The magical happenings, the love, the charm, the children – everything!  And The Christmas Shoppe is an excellent story of a town and how one woman manages to change many lives in it at the holiday season.  The Christmas Shoppe is a magical place.  Like the gifts in Santa’s bag, there is something for everyone – something they sorely need.  Whether that be patience, truth, understanding, or forgiveness.

I highly recommend this for a Christmas read or gift (yes, I did get goose bumps reading it!).


Disclosure: All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. I was sent a copy of the book for review in the hopes that I would blog about it. This disclosure is in compliance with FTC guidelines.


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    penny hyde says:

    She lives in an area where they do controlled burns near her home. She uses this parallel to life in one of her books: how undergrowth is destroyed so the stronger trees can survive and thrive, the nutrients being left for the stronger; not the weaker

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    I really am not sure if I have read any of her books.

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    Elaine Lund says:

    I read about the view from her window in Oregon

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    She lives near the Cascade Mountains…they look gorgeous!

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    taylor marves says:

    that she has a new book out called moon light…looks interesting

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    Julie Witt says:

    I read this: “Thanks to the economy, many in our country have experienced seasons of pruning, clearing, removing…. I know there are some who feel they’re going through the fire right now.” I actually lost my house and my job due to the economy so I can totally relate to that line!

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    I read about The View From My Window. The smoke and forest fires.

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I posted my answer in the extra info line

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    Extra Entry in All Giveaways – Easy Facebook Like on Ross Dress for Less Video – Ends 11/30

    I liked it for a extra entry vickiecouturier

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