The Christmas Wedding
Little Brown and Company
Hachette Book Group
Gaby Summerhill’s husband died three years ago and her four children have slowly drifted apart dealing with their own life’s drama. They have not been together for Christmas since their father died but Gaby is determined to change that. She announces she is getting married on Christmas Day and everyone’s presence is required. She is also being very sneaky letting them know the groom will be “revealed” that day.
When you think of James Patterson and his co-writers the first thing that comes to mind are his suspense thriller novels. It is stories like The Christmas Wedding, Sundays at Tiffany’s, and Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, where we see his softer side but these books do have twists or surprises too. The are a true testament to his versatility as an author.
I once read that Patterson has co-writers because his just has too many ideas to get all the stories written by himself. With the co-writers he is able to publish an outstanding number of novels each year for all ages and for all his series’ and still get out a stand alone as impressive as this one. I was drawn into this one just like I am into his suspense stories.
Christmas by itself gives the feeling of magic but this book adds its own touch of magic bringing this family after the death of their father and while they are all dealing with different forms of crisis in their own lives.
The premise of the grooms waiting until Gaby reached the altar didn’t set with me well at first, but Patterson pulled it off, by showing how much these men all loved Gaby and wanted her to be happy. The proposal scenario set this up wonderfully. Plus we are talking about people in their fifties who have been close their whole lives here, their at different places in their lives that the younger set who are thinking of having kids and building their lives together.
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