The 13th Day of Christmas

The 13th Day of Christmas

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by Jason F. Wright
     
 

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For Marva Ferguson, Christmas is a whirlwind season of joyous activity, and this season, she has a special bit of holiday magic in her apron pocket especially for her youngest neighbor, Charlee. They appear to be unlikely friends-an eighty-year-old widow and a nine-year-old girl-but these two souls find friendship together as they both face obstacles too…  See more details below

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For Marva Ferguson, Christmas is a whirlwind season of joyous activity, and this season, she has a special bit of holiday magic in her apron pocket especially for her youngest neighbor, Charlee. They appear to be unlikely friends-an eighty-year-old widow and a nine-year-old girl-but these two souls find friendship together as they both face obstacles too insurmountable to survive alone.

As Christmas draws closer, Marva chooses the person she would like to carry on her special tradition of "The 13th Day of Christmas." And she knows just the person for the job. She just hopes her message comes in time to change--or save--a life. This beautiful, heartwarming story will inspire you to think about what is important in your own life-and what message of love you might share on the 13th day of Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609079277
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
161,984
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Marva considered whether Charlee would ever hang laundry with her again. Would she wear one of Marva's aprons? Pick dandelions? Spin on the stump?

She had a hundred questions and only exhausted guesses for answers. When all the questions came and went, when the answers tumbled into one sad unknown, Marva was left with only one: Would Charlee live to see Christmas?

Meet the Author


Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author and co-authored The Christmas Sweater with Glenn BeckA sought-after public speaker, he has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country and has given presentations to thousands of students about the value of daily service, the origin of the Christmas Jar, the lost art of letter writing, faith, and many other topics. Jason is from Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. After researching Virginia's Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters he moved his family westward from northern Virginia into the heart of the Valley.

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The 13th Day of Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
linda56 More than 1 year ago
this is my book club's monthly pick for december i'am hope to they enjoyed it as much as i did next i'm doing the the elves days of christmas
Dtyer21 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I bought it last year and read it...but then I couldn't find it so I purchased it again on my Nook! This is such an amazing christmas story! Makes me want to make my own Advent calendar and do all those special things that Marva did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this because it was our book club selection. It is not something I would have chosen, however I am glad I read it. I really enjoyed the story and the meaning behind it.
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This book is so amazing! I just finished reading it. I think it really captures the meaning of Chistmas. In fact, I want to try this tradition myself. I wouldput one million stars for the rating. I hope you enjoy the book immensely. D-D
Melanie-Ski More than 1 year ago
Life is moving along at a nice clip until Charlee's Dad Thomas, loses his construction business and then home in bankruptcy. Most is sold off in a yard sale and they move to where Thomas can find work. the home they can afford is in an old trailer park called 27 homes, far from their old home. Big brother Zach struggles with the move. Mom Emily is working to make ends meet. Dad has multiple jobs as they come available. Charlee is left alone to walk the neighborhood where unfortunately people aren't overly friendly. Charlee sees an elderly woman in the one house in the neighborhood and she waves Charlee over. Miss Marva is a widow and her and Charlee become fast friends. Miss Marva is a collector of aprons, each with different saying and symbols on them. One for every day of the year. When Charlee comes over to help decorate for Christmas, Miss Marva has an apron chosen for her. Bad news hits in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner at Marva's when Charlee passes out from what later is found to be a brain tumor. The Christmas elves bring Charlee a letter daily for the 13 days before Christmas. Celebrating the traditional 12 days of Christmas song, but tweaking it to be a bit more fun for a young girl. Each day a gift comes with the note as well. A very special bond between Charlee and Miss Marva develops as God puts these two lonely hearts together just when they need each other most. They are blessed with their time together and their love and friendship is cross generational. This was a beautiful Christmas story, with strength and love. Miss Marva is a saint in her reaching out to Charlee and her family, and it has blessed them as much as it did Marva herself. Jason Wright has written a Christmas classic that I will read each season!
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
Christmas is a joyous holiday that brings happiness to everyone… but not always. Sometimes we become so wrapped up in our own small worlds that we forget the reason for the season. The 13th day of Christmas is about giving, quite literally, even when it hurts. Two families become acquainted when a devastating loss sets one family so far back they can’t see daylight and it just keeps snowballing. Then a kindly eighty-one year old neighbor opens her heart and their worlds become intertwined. This story will alter your perspective.