For Melissa, Christmas has never been a very happy time. From her cold, distant parents to her manipulative ex-husband, Lawrence, she’s never experienced the warmth of the festive season, with a big happy family sitting around the table.
Melissa is used to going without the holiday spirit, but it breaks her heart to see what it’s doing to her seven-year-old son, William. While most little boys wait with excitement for the big day, William finds it difficult to believe that Father Christmas even exists.
Then the charming, kind-hearted Daniel McCormick comes into their lives. And with his help, Melissa and William might just have a Christmas where all of their wishes come true.
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About the Author
Kathryn Freeman was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Second Christmas Wish is a must read.....especially if your having a tough time getting into the holiday spirit. This is one that you must read with a cup of hot cocoa, you guaranted to love this book. This is also a story about learning to trust again. Its not easy being in a loveless marriage, its even worse when you have a young son involved. Loved this and you will too. happy reading!!!
I enjoyed this story about a young boy and his mother both regaining their belief in Father Christmas. Set in England, Melissa divorces her cold remote husband when he crushes his young son's belief in Christmas. William is a shy timid 7 year old who is afraid of just about everything until he starts tennis lessons and becomes friend with Danial, the teacher at the local club. A lovely Christmas romance that's easy to read with a satisfying outcome.
Melissa had been modeling Lawrence’s new designs. She had been swept off her feet when she met Lawrence he was a designer at the top - wealthy, powerful, and charismatic. Lawrence was twice Melissa’s seventeen years mature and experienced.Her Parents had been cold and distant not receiving or giving love. Lawrence helped Melissa with her career, and took her to foreign lands. As his wife she felt cherished at first but then she started to see his cruel side. When Melissa became pregnant with William Lawrence wanted her to have an abortion but Melissa refused and had her son. Just shy of William’s fifth birthday Melissa let Lawrence know she was taking William and leaving him. Lawrence didn’t fight her. Lawrence had only seen William once since she left on Williams's sixth birthday and William was very scared of him. Then Lawrence came to her door the following year saying he wanted to take William for Christmas , Melissa said no unless she named the place and was also there. Melissa had a good friend Alice who’s brother had been a professional tennis player until he got hurt.- Daniel. Alice asked Daniel if he could fit William in a class as Simon - her son and William were friends and William was very shy. Alice also told Daniel not to hit on Melissa as she had a bad marriage behind her. Melissa had a fan crush on Daniel when she was younger and watched him play. William had a couple private lessons with Daniel to catch up now he was excited to come to play tennis with the other kids. Daniel was very attracted to Melissa but trying to be her friend. Melissa had become a designer - she would never be an internationally known designer as she didn’t have the consuming drive and passion. But Melissa loved fashion and loved what she did. Melissa had been nominated for Best New Designer, The award is given at the Fashion Council’s Christmas Party. Daniel offered to go with Melissa and she accepted. Melissa also won the award. I liked this story a lot. It was so very sweet. I really liked Daniel as a character, a very nice man. Daniel bonded well with William and that made you feel good that William had a positive male role model. I felt bad Melissa had no memory of a happy family Christmas- yes almost like they are real but what can I say. But at least now she had William even if she was a little overprotective of her self and William and even the tiniest bit put out when William talks to Daniel about things and not her first. She can’t give William a happy family Christmas if she doesn’t take a chance on love again. Anyway I liked the plot a lot and the characters also the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
What two wishes for Christmas are written inside a small boy’s letter to Father Christmas? One is a new tennis racket but what is the second? And most importantly, does Father Christmas really exist? In A Second Christmas Wish by Kathryn Freeman begins her story with Melissa finally standing up for herself and her young son and leaving her horrible marriage. As a young runway model, she had fallen for Lawrence, a successful middle-aged fashion designer. When she became pregnant, he told her that he didn’t want the child, William, and her life began to dissolve. She has remained with him thinking that a mother and father should remain together, until Lawrence who has only ever yelled at the child, tells William there is no Father Christmas. As a result of how William has been treated, he has become painfully shy and afraid of the man who is his father. Now it has been 3 years since Melissa got her divorce and she has become a successful fashion designer on her own, but has vowed never to be so dependent on anyone again. However, her son remains shy and afraid. William does have one good friend, Simon, who takes tennis lessons from his Uncle Daniel, a former tennis champion. Melissa’s good friend arranges for William to join his friend for tennis lessons. Melissa hopes that the lessons will provide William with some self-confidence. Daniel immediately falls for the mother of his young pupil and hopes to break down Melissa’s defenses while helping William. Melissa is determined that love and marriage are out of the question. Can Daniel show Melissa that she can love and trust again? Can William begin to heal from the affects of his hateful father? Can Melissa and Daniel together prove to William that Father Christmas does exist by figuring out what is written in the letter to Father Christmas? Thanks to NetGalley and Choc Lit for the ARC of this book and I have voluntarily reviewed it.