Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo


The Christmas Wedding 
by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
266 pages
Library 
2011

Book Jacket Summary
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each 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 groom will remain a secret until the wedding day--she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise--she has one more gift for her children, 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 
If you are looking for a Lifetime movie about the perfect Christmas than you are reading the right book. It is full of over the top ways of trying to make your cry and feel good story lines. This may not be everyone's cup of tea but after reading so many end of the world stories and dystopian dramas this is what I was looking for in a Christmas book. I am not usually the one to read these "feel good" books that end up on the Popular Top Ten List but for this one I made the exception and I'm still not sure why. All I know is that the cover looked pretty and I wanted to see how they would pull off the "who knows who the groom is" plot. 
The characters are straight out of a Lifetime movie, the workaholic daughter, the would-be writer looking to be published, the battered wife, and the wife of the cancer patient. These story lines are okay and you pretty much know how they will end but they still make you feel like everything is going to be okay. The main character, Gaby Summerhill, is going to remarry but no one knows who the groom is going to be and she keeps everyone guessing until the last minute. She has everyone in the book wrapped around her little finger and is practically perfect. It sounds like I hated this book but I actually enjoyed it. I see the flaws but count it as a guilty pleasure of the holidays.
It is a sweet book and certainly not for everyone. I liked the Christmas joy and happy endings.

Book Pairings
Sundays' at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

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