Author: Melody Carlson
Summary: The small town of Parrish Springs is not 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.
Verdict: Ordinarily, I’m not this harsh on books. Even less-than-great ones. But I have to say: RIPOFF! If you’ve seen the movie Chocolat, you’ll know where this story came from; right down to the cute little girl and the cranky old woman. The theme is different – it’s from a Christian standpoint and it’s been turned into a Christmas story – but it’s so, so close to the exact Chocolat storyline that it was difficult for me to enjoy it. Now, there weren’t really any negative things about it – good values are promoted all the way – so it’s a clean, if ‘older,’ read. But from someone who usually enjoys Melody’s books, this one.. . I just didn’t.
Age: 16+ (It’s written for adults, but there’s nothing ‘innapropriate’ in it. Ex. One woman’s husband had an affair with the neighbor woman, but details are never gone into.)
1 out of 5 stars
Book provided by Baker Publishing