Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The 13th Gift By Joanne Smith

For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Greg Kincaid comes The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family's history into a time of strength and love.
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.

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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.

I could not wait to start reading this book.
I loved the message that this book has, I loved that it was a true story. I did however have to give it a  review based on the bad language in the book there are about 8 bad words that took away from the story just a little bit. This is just my opinion.
A whole new twist on Secret Santa, this Christmas story is not to be missed. You will cry and laugh and cheer until the very end.
I gave this book 4 stars it is a 5 star book had the bad words not been in it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. Great review Mary and thanks for the heads up on the bad words. That being said, I'd love to read this book!

    Judy B

  2. Love it sounds awesome !! Blessings,DanaGirl

  3. Thank you, Mary, for the great job you always do.

  4. Thanks for another great review! Thanks for the warning about the bad words. I would love to read this.