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.
You'd think that after last month, I would have had enough Christmas reads, but no, when Hachette Books asked me to review this one, I decided to take them up on it. As expected, it was a sweet, family-oriented Christmas read. The basic premise is that this woman gets proposals from three close friends (they are close to her and to each other) and she decides she is going to get married on Christmas. The men don't find out until right before the wedding which is the chosen groom, and they are all ok with this situation and are happy for the winner when he is revealed. The kids all have problems of one sort or another in their lives, and coming home for Christmas helps solve the big ones--like I said, a sweet Christmas read. Unless you do like me and cheat by flipping forward in the book, Patterson does a good job of keeping the groom a secret until the end of the book. Grade: B.