The 13th Gift: A True Story Review

Available Oct. 28: The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

****3.5/5 stars

A touching true story of a grieving family and how they come together, The 13th Gift is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a good Christmas story
  • If your holiday spirit needs a boost
  • If you are grieving a lost one and looking for some hope

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall


Joanne Huist Smith, the author and first-person narrator of The 13th Gift, is hanging by a thread and trying to keep herself and her three kids together after the death of her husband just months before Christmas. With so many family traditions during the holidays that centered around her departed husband, Joanne and her daughter and two sons are each dealing with the tragedy in different, heartbreaking ways – and a special random act of kindness starts to bring them together. A touching story and incredible journey, Mrs. Smith’s recounting is real and offers anyone grieving during the holidays some hope.

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