The Perfect Christmas

The Perfect Christmas

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by Debbie Macomber

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What would make your Christmas perfect?

For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What's left? A professional matchmaker. He's Simon Dodson, and he's very choosy about the clients

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What would make your Christmas perfect?

For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What's left? A professional matchmaker. He's Simon Dodson, and he's very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a di[fb03] cult, acerbic know-it-all, and she's astonished when he accepts her as a client.

Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa's elf at a children's party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all—and she's finally ready to meet her match.

But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!

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"A funny, touching tale . . . overflows with holiday warmth and puts a new twist on the classic Christmas letter." – Library Journal on Christmas Letters

"It's just not Christmas without a Debbie Macomber story and A Cedar Cove Christmas is no exception." – Armchair Interviews

"...another tale of romance in the lives of ordinary people, with a message that life is like a fruitcake: full of unexpected delights."
– Publishers Weekly on There's Something About Christmas

"Macomber spins another pure-from-the-heart romance giddy with love and warm laughter – a get-you-set-for-Christmas treat that's as yummy as divinity melting on the tongue." – Bookpage on The Snow Bride

"Once again author Debbie Macomber is back to offer readers a delightful seasonal story of friendship and love. ...destined to quickly become a Christmas favorite." – TIMES RECORD NEWS, Wichita Falls, TX on The Christmas Basket

Library Journal
With her biological clock ticking and not a decent match in sight as the holidays near, Cassie Beaumont bites the bullet and consults professional matchmaker Simon Dodson. Surprised when the arch and highly selective Simon takes her on, Cassie agrees to accomplish a series of holiday-related tasks before she meets John, her perfect mate. The only problem is, in the meantime, she falls for the one man who's completely off limits. VERDICT Sweet, funny, and steeped in Christmas cheer, this title helps two picky people find "perfection" and recognize it when they do. Pour the cocoa and enjoy! Macomber (92 Pacific Boulevard) lives in Port Orchard, WA.

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Who mails out Christmas cards before Thanksgiving?" Cassie Beaumont lamented to her best friend.

Angie Barber looked up from her microscope and seemed to take an extra moment to consider what Cassie had just said. "You got a Christmas card? Already?"

Cassie wheeled her chair back to her station. "Can you believe it?"

"Who from?"

"An old college friend. You wouldn't know her." Cassie shrugged. "Jill married Tom two weeks after we graduated."

"They have children?"

Cassie caught the wisp of longing in Angie's voice and answered with a nod. "Two, a boy and a girl, and of course they're adorable."

"Of course," Angie echoed.

The Christmas card photo showed the four of them in matching outfits of green and red. The mother and daughter wore full-length green dresses with red-and-green plaid skirts. Father and son had on three-piece suits with vests in the same fabric as the dress skirts. It was too adorable for words.

"There was a letter, as well."

"Everything in their lives is perfect, right?" Angie asked.

"Perfect in every way," Cassie grumbled. The unfairness of it all was too much. Jill, who worked as a financial planner, held down a forty-hour-a-week job, kept a meticulous house and still managed to be a terrific wife and mother. Despite all the demands on her time, she'd mailed out her Christmas cards a full month in advance.

"Is there a reason the perfect Jill sent her Christmas cards so soon?" Angie asked.

"Jill and Tom just moved into a new home and wanted to update family and friends with their address change. Oh, and there was a photo of the house and it was—"

"Perfect," Angie finished for her.

"Perfect doesn't begin to describe it."

Angie watched her closely. "Do I detect a slight note of envy?" she asked.

"Slight envy? Me?" Cassie asked, exaggerating the words. "Heavens, no. What you're hearing is a full-blown case of jealousy. The green-eyed monster is alive and well." Cassie rolled her chair to the end of a counter filled with an assortment of microscopes, test tubes, slides and other equipment, then stood, hands propped on her hips. "Do you realize how long it's been since I've been on a real date?"

"You went out with Greg last week," Angie reminded her.

"Greg isn't a man," Cassie blurted out. "I mean, he is, but not in the sense of someone I'm interested in," she said. "Greg's…completely unsuitable as marriage material." She didn't need to explain that, at thirty-four, the ticking of her biological clock got louder by the year.

Angie sighed. "I agree."

He was eligible in practically every way but he happened to be divorced and in love with his ex-wife. Unfortunately, he hadn't figured that out yet. The entire date, if it could even be called a date, was spent rehashing the tragedy of his divorce. He went on and on about how much he missed his three kids—and his ex-wife, if the number of times he mentioned her name was any indication. The night had been sheer drudgery for Cassie. It was her first and last date with Greg.

"The problem is, we don't meet many guys here at work," Angie said. Cassie was well aware of that. Since they were holed up in a lab eight to ten hours a day, working as biochemists for a plastics company, the opportunities to socialize outside the job were limited.

"What really hit home," Cassie said, "after receiving that Christmas card, is how badly I want a family of my own."

"I know." The longing was back in Angie's voice, too.

"I don't understand why it's so hard to meet men. I'm reasonably attractive, right?"

Angie nodded enthusiastically. "Yes."

"Thirty-four isn't so old, is it?"

"Not really."

Cassie shook her head and wondered why she was still single. She wanted to be married, and she liked to think she had the full package—five-five, dark hair, dark eyes. She was attractive, as Angie had confirmed, and she was smart, with a successful career, an engaging personality (if she did say so herself) and plenty of friends. "I blame my mother for this."

"Your mother?"

"I blame my father, too, even if he didn't stick around all that long."

"Or maybe because he didn't stick around."

"Yeah, I guess. After the divorce, my mother was so down on marriage, the whole idea terrified me."

"But it doesn't anymore, does it?"

"No. I want a husband and I'd really like children." She grinned. "The ironic thing is, my mother's remarried."

"Marriage seems to terrify your brother, too. Shawn should be married by now, don't you think? He's older than you are."

"I'm not so sure about Shawn." Cassie sometimes wondered if Angie might be interested in her brother. There was actually nothing to indicate that, but every once in a while Cassie had this feeling.… "He travels so much that maintaining a long-term relationship would be difficult for him."

"True," Angie said.

Shawn was a well-known artist who painted murals all over the country. Brother and sister were close and kept in touch, calling each other two and three times a week. Currently Shawn was in Boca Raton, Florida, painting the side of a building that stood next to the freeway. He'd sent her photos of the mural from his cell phone—an ocean scene, which Cassie knew was his favorite. Whales rising up out of the crashing waves. Dolphins and sea turtles and all kinds offish frolicked in the sparkling blue water. His murals made headlines wherever he went and huge crowds showed up to watch him paint.

"Shawn's a different case," Cassie said. In her opinion, that summed up the situation pretty accurately.

"But if you were married, I bet he'd show some interest in finding a wife," Angie commented.

Cassie had never thought of their family dynamic in those terms. Perhaps, in some obscure way, Shawn was waiting for her to make the leap first. Angie might be right. It wasn't that Shawn followed her lead—far from it. They'd both been traumatized by the divorce and by their mother's reaction. Their father, who wanted his kids to call him Pete, had been in and out of their lives. Mostly out and yet…yet he'd had a powerful influence on his children, whom he rarely recognized as such.

"Shawn won't feel marriage is safe until he sees you happily married," Angie went on to say.

Cassie scowled at her friend. "What makes you so smart?"

"Just an observation," Angie said. "I may not be correct, but it seems to me that you and Shawn are afraid of love."

"Me afraid of love? Hardly." Not if the longing in her heart was anything to go by. Like her friend Jill, she wanted it all.

"Whenever you meet a man—no matter how perfect he is—you find fault with him," Angie said.

Now, that was categorically untrue. "Not so," Cassie argued.

"Oh, it's all wine and roses in the beginning, but then it's over before you even have a chance to really know the guy."

"How can you say that?"

"Well, mostly," Angie told her softly, "I can say it because I've seen you do it again and again."

"You're not talking about me and Jess, are you? The man had no class. He scratched his private parts in public!"

"Not Jess."

"Who do you mean, then?"


Cassie cocked her head. "Rod? Rod who?"

"I don't remember his last name. You went out with him a year ago."

"Not Rod Showers? Good grief, he was so cheap I had to pay for my half of the meal and tip the valet because he refused to do it."

"What about Charles…

Cassie got the point quickly enough. "Okay, okay, so I have standards."

"High standards."

"Okay, fine. High standards." Cassie had made the effort, though. "I've tried to meet men."

"We both have."

"I had hopes for that online dating service." The advertisements had looked so promising. Cassie and Angie had signed up together and then waited expectantly to meet their perfect matches.

It didn't happen.

"I had real hopes for that, too," Angie returned sadly. "I thought for sure we'd meet really wonderful husbands."

Cassie sighed. That had been an expensive venture. Her expectations had been great and her disappointment greater. Angie's too. In fact, Angie was the one who'd suggested trying the Internet.

"The church singles group was a good idea," she said now.

"A great idea," Cassie concurred, "if there'd been any men involved." They'd gone there to discover the group consisted of thirty women and two men—both close to retirement age.

Angie nodded. "The pickings were few and far between."

"We've read all the right books," Cassie said. "Dating for Dummies. How to Find a Man in Five Easy Lessons. My personal favorite was Lasso Yourself a Husband and Other Ways to Make a Man Notice You."

"The only thing we managed to lasso was a hundred-dollar credit-card bill for all those books."

"Divided two ways," Cassie reminded her.

"They did make for interesting reading."

"They would've been a lot more interesting if we'd been able to make any of them work," Cassie said in acerbic tones.


"We've tried everything."

"I'm not giving up," Angie insisted. "And I won't let you give up, either."

Cassie sighed.

She was close to it. The Christmas card from Jill and Tom was the final straw. For too long she'd been convinced that one day soon, she'd be mailing glossy Christmas cards to all her friends and relatives. She, too, would have a photograph that showed the perfect husband, the perfect children, a boy and a girl, all looking forward to the perfect Christmas. But year after year it was the same. No husband. No children. And each Christmas with her embittered mother more depressing than the one before.

The time had come to step forward and find a man, she decided with new resolve. Maybe she did need to lower her standards. She couldn't allow another Christmas to pass without—

"There's something, or rather someone, you haven't tried," Angie said, cutting into Cassie's thoughts.

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The Perfect Christmas 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 928 reviews.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber has written another excellent story. would totally recommend.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and hard to put down. My second fav book by D.Macomber
joshiesmom More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night. I was waiting for the inevitable to happen, and just couldn't put it down. Feel good story.
LeeLee86 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book...and had a feeling about it from the get-go. There are few surprises, and moments where tasks the character had to complete made you think "what the crap?!" and other moments where you feel like crying (like when she talks about her dad and grandpa). When I started reading the book, I could not put it down, and when I finished reading, I had to say "awwww!" So if you love a heartwarming, romantic story with humor, you would like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because of this book I have fell in love with this author. This book is an absolute a must read. After the first page you can't put the book down. Get nice and cozy under your covers and plan to stay to the very end.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Cassie Beaumont receives a Christmas card that at first devastates her and then becomes her inspiration! The card is a photo of a friend with a perfect husband and perfect child, a happy marital celebration of good luck and blessings. Cassie at thirty-three years of age knows her biological clock is ticking very close to the time when such perfection is totally beyond her reach. Anticipating sending a holiday card to her friends which again reveals her unmarried, lonely status is totally unsatisfactory, so Cassie does something totally outrageous and unthinkable to most women! She visits a professional matchmaker who for $30,000 guarantees her that perfect spouse and hopefully a future with a perfect child she envisions constantly. Only Simon Dodson, a psychologist who is supposedly very, very good at his job, is one of the most difficult men she has ever met. He's terse, snide and almost dictatorial in his comments. It's almost as if he has no heart! Cassie and Simon duke it out with questions and almost no answers on his part in order for her to attain her now possibly attainable goal. He sets her three tasks which she must complete before Christmas. Those jobs or challenges present a wild blend of hilarity, chaos and heart-stirring tender moments that are sure to delight any thinking and feeling reader. While this is going on, her best friend seems to have struck up a secret relationship which she won't divulge to Cassie until the time is right. As Christmas Day is rapidly approaching, Cassie has a stunning realization which changes everything and yet initially changes nothing. Debbie Macomber writes truly breathtaking, interesting and heart-warming stories that are sheer delight to relish. A Perfect Christmas will not disappoint her fans and will certainly add more to the list who love this author who knows how to pen a true celebration of real, romantic love! Wonderful! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 9, 2009
cookieMOMster713409HF More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a great holiday read, look no further! Great story! Debbie Macomber has a true talent for stories of this nature-you always leave the story feeling happy and cheerful.
Schnelle More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by Debbie MaComber but it will not be the last. She included humor, romance, suspense, everything you need in a good book you can't help but enjoy this book.
puzzled11 More than 1 year ago
Bought this title because I had enjoyed her "Call Me Mrs. Mircle", but this was a clear disappointment. Boring story and uninteresting additional materials to make the book larger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story ok but very short. Lots of recipes etc. in the last 90+ pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy reading a book like Debbie Macomber's for the Christmas Holidays
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Christmas story but extremely cheesy and predictable. If you want to have an active and engaged mind while you read this book is not for you. I'm glad it was only $1
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber Cathy has decided to use a professsional matchmaker as she's had no luck on her own or her girlfriends blind dates. Simon is the professional psychologist that has a dating service as well. He's told her she needs to do a few tasks first then she will meet Mr. Right-John. She's a bell ringer around the Christmas holidays near a store and finds some good people out there and some not so good people that left money for the pot. Her next task is to fly in to meet Santa from up above the ceiling then help him with picture taking sessions. Next task is to put on a dinner for her neighbors. These are very trying tasks and things don't go just right but Simon is there to pick up the pieces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book, was a wonderful Christmas read! It really got me into the Christmas spirit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story and I loved the characters. But, it was predictable and too short. I normally love her books but this one left me wanting more for the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of money. Half the book was recipes and tidbits on how to enjoy the holidays.
Tammy Moore More than 1 year ago
Great book, I really enjoyed the love stories. The book was a easy read.
weathers13012 More than 1 year ago
Little character development. Mediocre story.
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