Thursday, December 29, 2016

Choc Lit Christmas Book Reviews - A Second Wish by Kathryn Freeman & The Boys of Christmas by Jane Lovering

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Review by Suze
 
Melissa's Christmases were never festive. Her parents didn't love her and her ex-husband Lawrence was cruel to her and their son William, so she never had the chance to discover the magic of a warm and inviting family holiday. Simon even told his young boy that Father Christmas doesn't exist. Melissa left her husband and tries to convince William of the opposite. William is seven years old and dispirited, but the verdict is still out. Writing a letter containing his Christmas wish might give him the proof he needs.
 
Melissa has taken William to tennis lessons given by Daniel, who used to be a professional tennis player. Daniel instantly likes Melissa, but she doesn't date and the last thing she wants is another relationship. After Lawrence a new domineering presence in her life is something Melissa dreads. William is shy and scared and that's all because of her ex-husband's bullying. Daniel doesn't give up easily though and is determined to give Melissa and her young boy the Christmas they deserve. Will she eventually give him the chance to show her that men can also be kind and caring?
 
A Second Christmas Wish is a heartwarming Christmas story. Melissa grew up without love and when she was a teenage model she thought the charming older Lawrence would give her the affection she so desperately wanted, but instead he was controlling and cold. Reading about his bullying brought tears to my eyes and I was glad Melissa and her son are finally experiencing some happier times. William is timid and doesn't say much at first, which is heartbreaking. He's smart and absolutely adorable and I kept wishing he would eventually feel more like himself again. Tennis is exactly what he needs and I loved his connection with Daniel. They instantly click and they both grow because of their bond. I loved that Kathryn Freeman has given them a special and equal friendship. It was beautiful to see how the grown man and the child connect. Daniel also has an amazing click with Melissa and I was anxious to find out if she would give love another chance or not.
 
I like it when Christmas stories are festive and romantic and a Second Christmas Wish has all the right ingredients. It has gorgeous main characters, an endearing child, stunning clothes, cozy homes and decorations and plenty of sparks and charm. Kathryn Freeman's writing flows easily and she has a lovely tone of voice that gives her story a fantastic atmosphere. I really enjoyed reading this Christmas book, it's absolutely wonderful.
 
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Review by Suze
 
Mattie was in an awful relationship with Simon, a man who didn't treat her well and tried to crush her spirit. To the outside world he made their relationship look like it was perfect and Mattie had a hard time getting away from him. Her best friend Toby is there for Mattie and has offered her a place to stay and a shoulder to cry on. When she gets a strange, completely unexpected, but very welcome letter from a solicitor Toby doesn't hesitate, he clears his schedule, offers to drive and makes sure they leave as soon as possible. He tells Mattie he will support her in every way he can.
 
Mattie's great aunt Millie has one final request, her ashes should be scattered over the boys of Christmas. If Mattie succeeds she will inherit Millie's house. Toby accompanies Mattie to her great aunt's hometown. During a snowstorm they have the time to find out more about the boys of Christmas. Will Mattie be able to find them, so she can fulfill Millie's last wish and have her much needed chance to start over?
 
The Boys of Christmas is a great Christmas novella. Mattie is a sweetheart and she deserves much better than the cruel Simon. Fortunately her best friend Toby is a gentle man and he takes good care of her. I loved their easy companionship and liked the way they support one another. Mattie and Toby have no idea what they will find when they drive to Millie's house, but together every adventure is fun. I liked that idea a lot and think it's a fabulous basis for a Christmas story.
 
Jane Lovering writes about special people with beautiful personalities. This makes all of her stories equally magical. The Boys of Christmas is sweet and endearing and I really liked the setting. Millie's house is unique and reading about it instantly lifted my spirits. The ending of the story is incredibly romantic and I think The Boys of Christmas is an amazing warm and enchanting Christmas novella.

Advice

A Second Christmas Wish and The Boys of Christmas are both heartwarming Christmas stories that are perfect for readers who want their festive stories to be sweet, welcoming and romantic.

16 comments:

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    1. The sadness is in the past and there's happiness in the future. It's hopeful rather than sad :).

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  2. Both sound like perfect holiday reads to curl up on the couch with.

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  3. As an abused child and first husband who didn't care, I can relate to the protagonists plight. It is always nice to read a happy ending. Both books sound like sweet reads. Love the covers! Happy New Year!

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  4. So grateful to you Suze for this wonderful review. A fabulous late Christmas present - thank you so much :-)

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  5. So cool, perfect for the holidays!

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  6. Really glad you liked The Boys of Christmas - a Happy New Year to all your readers!

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  7. I'm intrigued to find out what 'The Boys' actually are.

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  8. Re. A Second Wish by Kathryn Freeman: Everyone deserves a second chance at happiness and it sounds like Daniel could be the one to bring hope and affection back into the lives of Melissa and William.

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  9. I'm sempithtic the Melissa's struggles. I had similar problems as a child.

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  10. I don't know if these are for me, but I'm sure they're nicely done!

    --Trix

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  11. I'm intrigued by "Millie's house is unique."

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  12. I love readin Christmas books during December, nothing better than curling with a book and a mince pie

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  13. you are making my christmas read list exploding, those sound great sad a bit yes the as long as teh magic of christmas work i can only end in a good way. thank you for these review

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