It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit after the loss of a loved one, especially if they pass around that holiday; Joanne and her family felt no different after a year had gone by and they were alone for their first Christmas without their husband and father. He was the one who was on top of things with Christmas and had always been there to help Joanne and journey with her through the season. Now, she was alone with her family and the last thing she wanted to do was celebrate Christmas because it also marked a year from his passing.
Suddenly, a random gift starts appearing on their door steps each day a few days out from Christmas from their “true friends”. Not wanting to celebrate Christmas she debates throwing the gift out, especially since it is drenched with rain, but her youngest begs her to keep gift as she is still trying to get the family into the Christmas spirit. And such it is with the first few gifts until they realize the gifts won’t be stopping until Christmas and then they try to make it a game of catching the gift givers in the act and even get cheery with the Christmas spirit themselves.
The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith is a light-hearted true story of one family’s journey to healing that all starts with the generosity of some “true friends” and a few simple gifts. It’s a very inspirational tale about reaching out to others who are hurting and trying to give them some joy and fun for the holidays and to help take their mind off of the pain, if only for a moment. You may find yourself inspired to be a gift giver and make one family’s holiday better.
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.