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.
I love an easy read this time of year. The yuletide season is just too busy to try to get into a chunkster, so when our book club voted in The Christmas Wedding as our December read I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about the hustle and bustle of trying to speed read the day before to get it done.
In typical Patterson style, the chapters are short (and there are a lot of them.) It’s a treat to be able to sneak a chapter in after you’ve put the cookies in the oven and have a few under your belt when you take them out.
The premise of the story is a little amusing and a lot unbelievable. I can not imagine any 3 guys, no matter how wonderful, helping plan a wedding they might not have a role in, nor waiting patiently at the altar while the bride finally announces her decision.
Believability aside, it was a fun book and just what I needed. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the groom was going to be (I was right by the way.) I also appreciated that even though this is kind of fluffy Christmas fare, Patterson does not tie everything up all neat in ribbons and bows. The family (her children and grandchildren) have troubles and issues throughout the book and when the book is finished…they still do. It would have been so easy to create within the pages a Christmas miracle and make everyone well, happy and magically in love again and I respect Patterson for not doing that. That part at least was more real. If you’re looking for a quick feel good (but not too good) read…this one would be a good present for yourself. 3.5/5 stars