Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Review: The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson

First line: Only twenty-four days until Christmas, and this Christmas is going to be one you won't forget.

From the inside cover: Gaby Summerhill is ready to walk down the aisle...

The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest cause for celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married - and that the identity of the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day - she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But who the groom is - is anyone's guess.

The wedding isn't the only surprise - there is one more unexpected gift, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.

My thoughts: This was a touching and emotional read that included the usual twists and turns that James Patterson is known for. I found myself totally engaged in this story and didn't put it down until I finished it.

Gaby Summerhill is getting married and she's decided the big event will take place on Christmas Day. The problem is that she is waiting until that day to announce who her groom will be. She has received three marriage proposals and after grieving for her first husband, Peter, for the past three years, she feels it's time to move on. Not even the grooms know who she will be choosing. Part of the reason for keeping this a secret is that she wants to get her four adult children home for the holidays and decides this will almost certainly guarantee them showing up. Of course, each are dealing with their own problems. Claire is having marital troubles; Lizzie's husband is fighting cancer; Emily is a very successful lawyer who is married but puts in way to much time at her job; and Seth is trying to get a book published.
Even though the story is told mainly from Gaby's point of view, there are chapters featuring the views of each of her children. This is done in a smooth transition from one family member to another making it a well-balanced story. We also get to meet the three potential grooms, who are all a part of Gaby's everyday life. There are quite a few surprises thrown in and even I was not sure until the very end who Gaby was going to wind up with. 

(I purchased this book.)


  1. Nice and thanks for the review! I have marked this book to read

  2. This was by far the worst James Patterson book I've ever read. I didn't find any twists or turns at all. It read like a corny Lifetime movie. Very dissapointed.


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