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

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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.

Title : The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle
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ISBN : 0553418556
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Christine rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2017

Christmas is still over a month away, but I needed a “feel good” fix, and this one fit the bill nicely. The 13th Gift is actually a nonfiction story about a family falling apart after the husband/dad suddenly dies a couple of months before Christmas. The wife/mom/author Joanne Huist Smith is havi...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2014

The Hook - I try to read at least one new Christmas themed story each year. The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle, a memoir was popping up everywhere and somehow popped right into my hands. The Line – ”We’re not falling apart; we’re just chipped a little bit.” You will have to read th...

Carolyn rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2015

This memoir describes a family shocked and frozen at the death of their husband and father. Rick had died suddenly in October in his sleep of a heart condition and his family were not ready to face celebrating Christmas. The author Joanne, was not coping with her loss let alone coping with her ch...

Mariele rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, I want to preface this review by mentioning that I received this book as part of a GoodReads FirstReads Giveaway. Overall, this book was cute. The premise is very heart-warming, and I loved the epilogue that gave more of a background as to the origin of the gift...

Lily rated it ★★★★★

December 28, 2015

Avete presente quando all'inizio di un libro ancora dovete conoscere i personaggi, dovete immedesimarvi e "ambietarvi" alla storia? E arrivata a fine lettura avete dimenticato molti dettagli che c'erano all'inizio del libro? A me capita la maggior parte delle volte ma questa mi ha sconvolta. Solo...

Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2014

This was 2 1/2 stars for me but in the Christmas spirit I bumped it up rather than down. If it weren't based on a true story, I'd have disliked it. I was impatient with the whole idea that a family who loses the dad 2 months before Christmas should get on with their grief and celebrate. Really? T...

Kathy rated it ★★★★★

November 08, 2016

The 13th Gift leaves you with a big lump in your throat and these words in your heart: "I tell them one of the greatest gifts we all possess is the ability to give.....And, the Holidays are a perfect time to look outside of ourselves and be a true friend. A legacy of generosity can create memories...

SheriC (PM) rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 21, 2017

Ugh. Within about 5 minutes of listening to this audio, I could only wail Nooooooooooooooooooooo. I didn’t expect much from this one, so the bar was set pretty low. I expected a bit of light Christmas glurge, a memoir about a family dealing with the loss of a loved one, who found their Christmas...

Lesa rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2014

This year, it was a nonfiction Christmas book that made me cry. Joanne Huist Smith's The 13th Gift is "A True Story of a Christmas Miracle". And, it's Smith's own story of family tragedy, and the love that brought a family back together. Joanne Huist Smith lost her husband, Rick, in October 1999....

Ruth rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2014

How do you keep putting one foot in front of the other when the rock of your family has passed away and Christmas is around the corner? Days seem dreary and energy is lacking for Joann and her kids. Their grief is pulling them under and they can't seem to find a way back. Joann wants to just forg...

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