Saturday, November 19, 2011

Blog Tour: The Christmas Shoppe (Review)

It's beginning to look a lot like .... Christmas! If reading Christmas novellas, then Melody Carson's newest offering, The Christmas Shoppe, will fill you heart with the holiday spirit.

Set in the fictional town of Parrish Springs, The Christmas Shoppe tells the story of a town full of people who are suffering from a "lack" of Christmas spirit.

When a stranger - Matilda Honeycutt - moves in to open her Christmas Shoppe, life changes for the good for the people of Parrish Springs.

Through her small, charming book, Carson explores a different tale for Christmas. A story that encourages people to confront the pain of the past, in order to move into the joy of the future.

On a scale of one to five, this book is a solid and cheery three. It's a tale that has the quality of a warm, cozy cup of hot tea - just perfect for an evening read in front of a roaring fireplace.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
The small town of Parrish Springs is not quite ready for Matilda Honeycutt.

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.

More 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 Bus, The 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 Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, The Jerk Magnet, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Carson 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 Carson visit her website at

Online Resources
Buy it at
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Read an excerpt online

Additional reviews of Carson's Books
Anything But Normal (Review)
Christmas At Harrington's (Review)
The Christmas Dog (Review & Interview)
Always, A Teen Devo (Review)
Double Take (Review)
Never Been Kissed (Review)

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

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