The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
(Little, Brown & Company, 2011, 288 pages)
About the book:
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.
Gaby Summerhill’s family hasn’t been together for Christmas since her husband Peter died, but that’s about to change. You see, Gaby has been proposed to by three men, and the thing is she is going to have a Christmas wedding, and she isn’t going to disclose who the groom will be until the wedding. So the only way her children, Emily, Claire, Lizzie, and Seth will know who she is marrying is to come home for Christmas.
This one was different from James’s usual murder thriller books. Sometimes he will go outside the box and he didn’t disappoint with this one. I loved getting to know Gaby’s children. Each of them is dealing with their own issues, making this an interesting story. One is having marital troubles, one has a husband fighting cancer, another is a very successful lawyer who is married but puts in way too much time at her job, and finally one is trying to get a book published.
Each one’s story would have made for an interesting book in itself but roll them together and it made the plot of this book move along nonstop. I loved the plan Gaby came up with to get her children home, an idea that was totally new, hooking me, making me wonder myself who she would marry. There was even a twist thrown in that actually surprised me. Normally when I think of James Patterson I think of action-packed thrillers, but he can certainly pull off a nice Christmas-time family story, as well. I highly recommend this book! It was a quick read. I finished it in two days. So for those of you who are amongst the followers, without giving anything away-you will love this newest one. Interesting, entertaining, twists turns and a surprising ending. You will really not be able to put this one down.