Happy book review Friday! Hope you all had a great week. I snuggled up with a blanket Sunday afternoon while my son was napping and power read “The 13th Gift” by Joanne Huist Smith. It is set around the Christmas season, so most people would probably want to read it around the holidays, but I actually didn’t mind reading it after Christmas. The story is about a family who is dealing with the immense loss of their husband/father. They feel lost and broken, not really wanting to or feeling ready to celebrate the first Christmas without him. Everything changes when mysterious gifts start appearing at their doorstep. The story was simple, but the emotions were powerful. I could feel how lost and disconnected this family was until strangers began leaving gifts at their doorstep once every day leading up to Christmas. The mystery and the thoughtfulness of these strangers whom only sign each card as ‘ your true friends’ really bring the family together.
The message of the story really resonated with me. The power of kindness. It was amazing to see how one small gift each day for twelve days could unit this family and bring them a small piece of happiness in their day. The 13th Gift was a short and simple read which I appreciated. It was easy to get lost in the love and pain of this family.
I give the book 5/5 stars. It was well written, short and sweet and left the reader with a reminder of how one simple act of kindness could change someone’s life. Definitely pick this book up if you’re looking for a great book and don’t want to commit to an epic novel. Happy reading!
Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading!
*I was given a copy of this book by http://www.bloggingforbooks.org in exchange for an honest review*