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The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith


Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

The 13th GiftThe 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

“There is life after a death, if you’ve got the guts to live it.”

In The 13th Gift, a memoir in which author Joanne Huist Smith recounts the experience leading up to her and her three children’s first Christmas after the death of her husband, compassion and the giving spirit of the season shine through in an inspiring, down-to-earth way.

There are moments like those with a man named Charles and with a furniture store manager that are touching, as well as other moments that are reminiscent of a Christmas movie with some comedy and light suspense as Jo and her children try to discover who their “true friends” are. I might have preferred a somewhat different ending if this were a novel, but the fact that it’s a true story adds greater weight to the gentle call to action at the conclusion.

A rather quick and, again, inspiring holiday account–and, oh, how about that great front cover?


Note to my blog readers: this book contains a minimal amount of profanity.


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