The Christmas Wedding

The Christmas Wedding

by James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
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The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson, Richard DiLallo

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446571760
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,273,190
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Christmas Wedding 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 497 reviews.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Great book to start off the holiday season. Enjoyed it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
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.*
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
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 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. I loved getting to know Gaby's children. Each of them were dealing with their own issues making this an interesting story. One was having marital troubles, one had a husband fighting cancer, another is a very successful lawyer who is married but puts in way to much time at her job, and finally one is trying to get a book published. Each child'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. Overall if you enjoy family stories where the family seems as real as a your next door neighbors, and want to feel a bit of the magic of the holiday season then your going to want to pick this book up. Normally when I think of James Patterson I think of action packed thrillers, but he can certainly pull of a nice Christmas time family story as well. Highly recommended! *A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.*
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Rebecca Dunlop More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. However, it was a bit pricey considering there's only 199 pages.
sofie5 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love James Patterson books and was so excited when I saw he had a book coming out called "The Christmas Wedding" but was disappointed after I read it. It's a cure story I guess but I was ready for suspense and love and mystery (a bigger mystery than what the book considered as a mystery). So I was really disappointed. I expected a lot more. Shouldn't have wasted this awesome book title on a boring book.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Gaby is old enough to have raised her children to an age where she is now a grandmother. Having lost a husband already she knows the depth that loving one person bring to you and she wants to not replace that love but feel it again with someone else. The only hitch is there are three men that want to marry her and devote the rest of their lives to making her happy and she can only have one. What Gaby does is accept all three proposals with the intention announcing her decision on her wedding set for Christmas Day. When you have the world at your feet and a man that adores you, well you make sure you are walking on roses up until you say I Do! With her imperfect family gathering around her for the occasion, Gaby works through the difficulties that your children have after they leave the nest. Everyone is searching for the perfect job, working toward a stable relationship, and trying to get children to cooperate just for one minute of the day. There is no such thing as a normal family just the pretense that you are living as such and embracing your imperfections. The day is here, everyone is seated, and what could have turned into a comical farce becomes a romantic gesture of enormous proportion. The groom is the perfect match for the bride who knows she has chosen her perfect match, for the second time in her life. Even when additional surprises pop up Gaby says yes to everything that comes at her realizing this moment cannot ever be recaptured. Gaby has been everything to everybody and always will be her children¿s cheerleader. Yet with this one life defining decision, she is taking the forward step of being as much to her as she is to others and no woman ever regrets that decision. James Patterson can and does write grand slam hits in every genre. He has so many facets to his talent, but his tales of life always touch me, have me wipe away a tear at the end and sigh with the knowledge that love happens at every age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of James Patterson's books and enjoyed them. I was really looking forward to reading this especially since it was about Christmas, but it was a big disappointment, and definately not worth the money.
StephenSLC More than 1 year ago
My girl and I read this together. We were pulled in from the fist page until the very last. It was entertaining and had an interesting plot, as always-he does it again. We are big fans, so those of you who are amongst the followers, without giving anything away-you will love this newest one. Also recommending The Chateau. Interesting, entertaining, twists turns and surprising ending. You will really not be able to put this one down either.
Balina More than 1 year ago
Love all J.P books. Can't wait to read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book on Christmas and kept waiting for it to get better or even interesting, but that never happened. I was so looking forward to this book. Really, three hot guys after one woman who plans a wedding without telling them who she will marry. Her kids and their lives are a collection of every lame character that you could think of. This book seemed like it was written by an 8th grader. I wish I could get my money and the time I spent reading this mess back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, short read. Not Impressed. Enough said.
AddieNC More than 1 year ago
This was a good story and not at all what I expected of James Patterson. I really enjoyed the characters, and we were kept waiting until the very end to find out who the groom would be. This book is a fairly quick, easy read.
Dinia More than 1 year ago
I am a big Patterson fan of books he writes himself. I will not buy any books he co-writes so I can't explain why I purchased this one. My advice is don't buy, don't read, don't waste your precious time on this one. I kept waiting for the perfectly incredulous plot to somehow wrap up and make some kind of sense. It never made sense, was never plausible and made me think that Patterson thinks his readers are really guillible. For a woman to plan a wedding with 3 possible grooms who all get along and are willing to each stand at the altar while she reveals her choice (rejecting the other 2) just defies explanation. The minor plots involving each of her children are shallow, and in the end, add nothing to the novel except length. This novel is going directly into the recycle bin as that is the best use I can think of for this farce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished, ended up skipping to the end it was that bad. It was predictable and just lame. Waste of time and money. Sorry but it's true. Will still continue to reads his books though. Huge fan :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this I felt like I was eating a 15 layers of cheeses while being lactose intolerant, too much cheese
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're expecting a typical Patterson novel - forget it. I knew this was one of his romance books and was looking forward to it. I had previously read Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and Sam's Letters to Jennifer and would highly recommend them. But this book has to have been one the worst books I've ever read. The plot was absolutely ridiculous and so unbelievable. I was extremely disappointed and dissuaded many from reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are You Kidding Me! 54 yr. old Gaby receives three proposals and thinks it would be great fun to keep her choice a secret until the wedding day. We are supposed to believe that this warm and caring woman who serves breakfast to the homeless decides that three loving and good men should be cruelly played with. Not only does she wait until the Christmas wedding but she goes so far as to make these men dress for the day and wait at the altar (of sorts) and gives each a kiss on the cheek saying I love you until she reaches her choice and declares you're it. If any one of these men had any guts, they would have told her No Thanks from the start. I think I'll ship Patterson's love! stories.
ReadingIsExciting More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much, but I thought the story line a little odd. Why would someone keep the name of the groom a secret until the last minute? Therefore that whole notion grated on me as I read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't believe this was a James Patterson book. I tossed it after the first painful 50 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so horrible that i had to delete the book off my nook, can you believe it? That horrible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book