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The Christmas Wedding

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

37 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

The Christmas Wedding is an entertaining family affair as the extended Summerhill clan struggle with a myriad of tsuris

Fiftyish widow schoolteacher Gaby Summerhill's husband died three years ago. Since the family patriarch's death, Gaby's adult children drifted apart while she ate her way through her grief. The thinner Gaby sends a DVD to her four adult children, inviting them, their ...
Fiftyish widow schoolteacher Gaby Summerhill's husband died three years ago. Since the family patriarch's death, Gaby's adult children drifted apart while she ate her way through her grief. The thinner Gaby sends a DVD to her four adult children, inviting them, their spouses and her grandchildren to spend Christmas in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and attend her wedding. She coyly refuses to name the groom as three men her age (childhood friend Tom Hayden, Rabbi Jacob Coleman and brother-in-law Martin Summerhill) want to marry her. The four children want to come to Stockbridge, which will be the first time they will be together since they buried their dad.

In Myrtle Beach, thirty-five year old Claire lives with her pot head abusive slacker husband Hank, their chip off his stoned dad's marihuana teenage son Gus and their tweener twins (Toby and Gabriele) Thirty-four year old Lizzie lives near her mom, but is struggling with her husband Mike's illness while raising their young daughter Tallulah. Twenty-nine years old Manhattan attorney Emily is burned out from over work while her spouse Bart is a neurology resident. Finally the only male offspring twenty-six years old wannabe author Seth lives in Boston with his girlfriend commercial artist Andie.

The Christmas Wedding is an entertaining family affair as the extended Summerhill clan struggle with a myriad of tsuris. The story line is faster than a sleigh going downhill in the snowy Bronx. However, none of the ensemble cast is fully developed as James Patterson and Richard DiLallo never provide much background to what led the quintet and their retinue to where they are. Still this is a fun holiday tale as Gaby Summerhill invites readers to the wedding of the year.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 13, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Get in the Holiday Mood with The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo

The Christmas Wedding is my first James Patterson book and I'm happy to say I enjoyed it. It's definitely a story to get you in the Christmas mood with family, snow, weddings and of course love! Although it's a full-length novel this reads like a novella. Each of Gaby's...
The Christmas Wedding is my first James Patterson book and I'm happy to say I enjoyed it. It's definitely a story to get you in the Christmas mood with family, snow, weddings and of course love! Although it's a full-length novel this reads like a novella. Each of Gaby's children are introduced and each have situations and struggles that they face that somehow get resolved right at Christmas so there's not much room for development. The romantic element is a little unbelievable--Gaby strings along three potential grooms and they don't seem to mind or question her, hence the three star review. I definitely kept wondering who the groom was going to be and by the end I was glad she chose who she did. However Patterson's ability to weave a story that's centered around true-to-life characters is, I'm sure, one of the reasons why he's a bestselling romance (and suspense!) author.

Be warned, there is strong language throughout but The Christmas Wedding is still a pleasant read just in time for the holidays!

*I received my complimentary ARC from the publisher in exchange for posting my review/opinion of the book.*

posted by steelergirl83 on October 15, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    SADLY DISAPPOINTED

    I READ ALL OF JP'S WORKS, AND WAS SUPER EXCITED ABOUT A LOVE STORY BY HIM. HOWEVER I QUICKLY REALIZED IT WASN'T GOING TO BE WHAT I EXPECTED AT ALL. THERE WASN'T ANY MYSTERY REALLY, I MEAN C'MON NOW WE ALL KNEW WHO GABY WAS GOING TO CHOOSE TO MARRY. AND THE OTHER PLOTS IN THE BOOK WEREN'T REALLY ANYTHING BIG TO DRAW THE READER IN. PLUS IT WAS ONLY 199 PAGES LONG (AND FOR THE PRICE THAT WASN'T WORTH IT TO ME). IF YOU ENJOY READING QUICK SIMPLE LOVE STORIES ABOUT FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS TIME, THEN SURE THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. OTHERWISE I'D PASS ON IT....WHICH IS PROBABLY SOMETHING I'D HAVE A HARD TIME DOING TOO WITH ANY PATTERSON BOOK!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Disappointed, but a cute read.

    I was disappointed in this book, it was not like any other James Patterson book. I liked other romantic heartfelt books he has written but this one was boring. It was nice how the whole family got together but there was no BIG mystery. It just was short and boringish. But if you want an easy read this would be it. I would not spend the money on it now though it could wait til it goes on sale.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    NOT RECOMMENDED

    I waited for this book, but I was very disappointed, and I would not recommend it. It was the worst book ever written.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Only read the sample and...

    ... I decided it wasn't a book worth reading. A bit shallow, if you ask me..

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Interesting and fun but not very exciting

    The story ran on and on about things that had very little to do with the main thrust of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    ?

    Boring and predictable

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Good

    Lil to old for 12 year olds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    It wasn't special

    James Patterson's books usually touch me but for some reason this one didn't. I couldn't connect with any of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Lame

    This book is ok. Well written, as always with this author. But the story is merely ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Waste of time

    Short, boring, and predictable. Very disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Not the best holiday book..

    Definitely not what I expected. The story line lacked substance and was very predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    HATED IT!

    This book was so boring I had to force myself to finish it. I didn't care about a single character. Poor showing after Sundays at Tiffany's. Pass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    could pass

    a quick 2 hour read......simple

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

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    Very Slow, not what I expected

    I typically do not read romance novels, but I heard good things about this book so I gave it a try...what a waste of time. I kept expecting this "surprise" to occur, and when it did I was a little let down. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone, and I will not be attempting to read anymore romance novels in the near future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Boring

    Hope my next Patterson read is more exciting than this one

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