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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
A year after their adventure in the town beneath the magical Christmas tree, Christmas Eve once again finds Hailey and her family gathered in her grandpa’s house. After decorating the tree, Jacob, Hailey’s best friend, takes the older cousins for a short walk. Arriving at an empty church, they save the pastor’s life by scaring away a violent, gun-toting thug. Afterward, they help a disgruntled kid reconcile with his mother. However, none of these adventures can compare to the shocking truth that lies in store for them. How could Jacob predict future events or deflect the thug's direct shots? What secrets did he hide from Hailey? To know, you have to read The Town Around the Christmas Tree: Jacob’s Message by J.R. Wirth.
This fifth installment of the Twisted Family Holidays Collection is, in essence, a short story centered around Christmas. Yet, there are potent messages hidden behind the festivities, the playful banter among family members, and the memorable escapades. Throughout the book, Wirth reminds us of the actual significance of Christmas. We realize that it is the time to unite with the family and to rekindle love and bonding. But most of all, it is the time to express gratitude to the Lord for what we have in life. This book has so much educational value packed inside a sweet and adventurous tale that I would proclaim this as a perfect gift for Christmas. Although geared mainly to tweens, The Town Around the Christmas Tree: Jacob’s Message is a heart-warming read for adults as well.