A GIFT CALLED HOPE
This is not your typical, fluffy Christmas read, but it is a heartfelt and hopeful one that I enjoyed very much. The author deals with some heavy subject matter such as addiction and grief. She does so in a very realistic and sensitive manner. I loved how she mentioned the stigma and preconceptions of people suffering from addiction. Yes, the poor, and homeless do suffer from this problem but so do the upper class and the rich, it does not discriminate.
Jack Jr. was an adorable character and also portrayed in a realistic way and I appreciated the author’s ability to do so. I liked how the story shed light on how addiction affects everyone around the user, such as family and friends. The book warns of the issues surrounding alcohol and drug abuse without ever feeling preachy.
In the end, this family came together for the sake of the child, but they reaped the rewards as well. They healed themselves all for a little boy at Christmas. The story was also about community and lending a helping hand, but also accepting one. This is the type of book that you will remember and think about long after you finish reading it.
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