Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: The 13th Gift by:Joanne Huist Smith

 The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle
About the Book:
After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children--especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their "True Friends." As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family. This true story about the power of random acts of kindness will warm the heart, a beautiful reminder of the miracles of Christmas and the gift of family during the holiday season.

About Author:
Joanne Huist Smith is a native of Dayton, OH. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Wright State University and worked as a reporter for the Dayton Daily News. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two.

My Review:
  Such a precious story that is perfect for the holidays. A family of five loses the father of the family and is instantly grief stricken and understandably so. Christmas seems like a desrt land in the wake of it all. But as a very generous family starts to help the grief stricken family by leaving anonymous gifts on their door step. Before long this gives the family some hope to cling to that gradually gets them through such a devastating time.

 The author has set her memories to page so that she is able to share with everyone the Secret Santa tradition. The world and those around us could really use some cheering up, especially during the holidays. What a great story and how awesome would it be to be able to provide this to a family in need. If you would like to learn more, you can here.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging For Books.