Tuesday 1 November 2016

Review of A Second Christmas Wish by Kathryn Freeman - Five **


For Melissa, Christmas has always been overrated. From her cold, distant parents to her manipulative ex-husband, Lawrence, she’s never experienced the warmth and contentment of the festive season with a big, happy family sitting around the table.

And Melissa has learned to live with it, but it breaks her heart that her seven-year-old son, William, has had to live with it too. Whilst most little boys wait with excitement for the big day, William finds it difficult to believe that Father Christmas even exists.

But then Daniel McCormick comes into their lives. And with his help, Melissa and William might just be able to find their festive spirit, and finally have a Christmas where all of their wishes come true …


This is a lovely, gentle love story. Melissa lives with her painfully shy son, William, after leaving her controlling and bullying ex husband.

In an attempt to get William some confidence, she signs him up for tennis coaching with Daniel, her best friend's brother. Daniel is an ex grand slam winner, who has retired from professional play due to an injury.

William very quickly bonds with Daniel and shares his secrets with him. The attraction between Daniel and Melissa grows slowly - and Melissa is very scared after her last experience.

Daniel shows great patience and tenderness - in direct contrast to her ex, who is an extremely unlikeable character.

The Wish refers to William's request to Santa Claus - and there are definite echoes of a well-known Christmas film there, but the book is deeper and shows the feelings - in fact very different! This would make a wonderful Christmas film as well!

Many thanks to NetGalley and Choc Lit for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Thrilled with this lovely review, thank you so much. It made my publication day :-)

  2. I agree, Ann. I totally adored it! :) xx