When Martha Evans (Kristy Swanson) finds herself homeless with her two young daughters and stepson just a week before Christmas, she puts her trust in a new town full of friendly strangers and prays for the best.
Martha’s no good husband, Cal (Bart Johnson), has left her for the last time, emptying her bank account and disappearing without a word. Hopeless, Martha takes the kids to a sleepy town where she moves into a motel and begs the owner of the local diner, Trudy (Tess Harper), to hire her as a waitress. Taking a chance, Trudy decides to help Martha and her children, even as things go from bad to worse when Martha’s car breaks down and her bills start piling up. Then, as Martha begins to meet more of the locals, including handsome sheriff Joe (K.C. Clyde), perky teenage babysitter Jeanie (Danielle Chuchran) and grumpy but warm-hearted diner regular Les (Edward Herrmann), Martha finds her faith just be restored—-until Cal returns. Can the town still give Martha the merry Christmas she needs, or will her past prevent her from the happiness she’s found this holiday?
I first watched this movie last week, and then again last night when it aired on the Hallmark Channel. What a touching movie this is, just in time for the holidays. Many families will be able to relate the hardships felt by single-mother Martha Evans, in today’s difficult financial times. As you watch this movie, which pulls at your heart-strings, you will be reminded again the real meaning of the holidays and how communities and even strangers come together to help one another out. What a beautiful movie, and one that I will be sharing with friends and family during the holiday season. This film will be added to my families annual collection of movies we watch to get into the holiday spirit.
If you are looking for a touching film that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and really shows what the holidays are about, then A Christmas Wish is for you. Pre-order your copy today, as it is set to be released on December 6, 2011.
Note: The Hallmark Channel will re-run this movie on November 26 at 2PM and then again on Nov. 27 at 8PM.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie by Entertainment One in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.