Review by Abi
Christmas is supposed to be about family, and ours has a larger- than- life- sized hole.
I'm a big fan of true stories, and this one did not disappoint. Every night I would read a chapter of The 13th Gift. Though I wanted to read further, I closed the book and placed it on my bedside table. I wanted to experience each day with the Smith family while they coped with the sudden loss of a family member. Each day brought a new surprise for the Smith's. I enjoyed the slow shifting from blanketing grief and the dread of another day, to anticipation curiosity and the true spirit of Christmas.
I ached for this family, sometimes to the point of a huge lump in my throat. I couldn't imagine my children growing up without their father, or I without a husband to help me raise our family.
The fact the Smith's lost their father/husband shortly before Christmas—a holiday meant to share in so many ways—made it that much harder to deal with—especially for the mother ( and author), Joanne.
The healing throughout the book, of both Joanne and her three children is touching. The story brings a whole new meaning to the concept of Secret Santa and paying it forward.
I highly recommend this holiday read.
Publisher: Harmony (Random House)
Page Count: 226
Purchase Link: Amazon
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