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Publisher's Note:

Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has. Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill. Then, on December 12, Charlee makes a wonderful discovery. A mysterious note …

The 13th Day of Christmas

by Jason F. Wright

Overall Book Review:

Almost all books use life and death to help people find deeper meaning in life.  The same is true of this story.  What was especially pleasurable was the phraseology of the author.   Using clever wording, he was able to convey vivid imagery of the characters’ emotions and physical bearings.  One such example occurs when two characters are described–one carrying a bag and the other “carried only the heavy rocks of debt and worry.”  Descriptions such as these are liberally sprinkled throughout the story.  Although not essential to the story, the “apronisms” provide an interesting and amusing distraction.  (“Apronisms” are quotes found on a character’s aprons.)

This is a book that many would enjoy re-reading each Christmas, but its lessons can be enjoyed year-round.  The themes of this story could be a bit heavy for younger audiences, but the writing is easy enough to follow and the counsel is applicable to people of all ages.  A story with a nice message to help us all remember what is most important.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Character receives a head injury from a fall; character reported to have pushed someone.

Sex/Nudity:  Character jokes that he met another when she was taking off her clothes.

Mature Subject Matter:

Deaths of child, spouse and friend, terminal illness, financial struggles.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.