on October 30, 2011
After this past year, I am more firmly convinced that James Patterson is actually dead,and someone with greed but no taste decided his last few cookie-cutter collaborations did not deserve a decent burial along with the 'ghost writer,'Patterson."The Christmas Wedding" is, by far, the worst desecration. We are expected to believe that three men will stand at an altar, and have the bride choose one of them in front of a roomful of people! These men obviously don't share a pair between them! Our heroine, Gaby, is a shallow creature who deserves to be sucker punched by as many guests as possible as she walks down the aisle. If I write anymore, I'll give something away, and I wouldn't want to do that to any lost soul who does not think life is too short to waste on this yuletide suffering (I mean offering)! In closing, here's my holiday wish for you, fellow reader... save your hard-earned money, and treat yourself to a peppermint latte and a bag of Christmas cookies!
on October 17, 2011
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.*
This would be best to be considered a short story instead of a full length novel.
This story is the typical feel good Hallmark Christmas Story. I enjoyed the story knowing that it was going to just be a feel good moment. Gaby is wanting her kids to come home for Christmas. It has been three years since her husband, their father passed away. They have not all been together since. But this year she has them coming because she has announced that she is getting married. But who is she going to marry? She isn't even sure yet.
Three different men have proposed to her and they just all happen to be friends. So, Gaby proclaims that she accepts and wants to get married on Christmas day. The catch, she won't announce who the groom is until the wedding.
That is the story line but how each person responds is the gist of the short story.
Again, I enjoyed the book. My only complaint, the price is that of a full length book, and this story is not that. The price is out of line with the product.
on December 23, 2012
FINALLY. I am finally done with this book that I have been attempting to finish since June. I have never been happier to finish a book. I will leave a longer review tomorrow because it was just too awful not to leave a review.
And now, 2 weeks later, I will actually attempt to finish the review. I may not be able to finish it because just thinking about it is causing me to feel rage. THIS DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS, but if someone accidentally reads the spoilers, they may thank me for sparing them from reading this train wreck of a book.
This book just should not have been written by a man. And if it was to be written by a woman, it would never have been written at all. It doesn't make any sense. He has absolutely no grasp on how a real woman, especially a mother, thinks or feels. I think the author wanted so badly for us to understand what a great woman Gaby is. Examples: Gaby makes a breakfast every morning for the homeless folk in town. She doesn't want to just be giving anything away, so she makes them pay, even if it is just a few cents. And then, on the day of her wedding, her children ask where she is going to serve breakfast since the barn they normally use is set up for the wedding, and ah! The perfect solution! She will let them have breakfast in her beautifully decorated barn using all the table settings for the wedding, won't they just love that? Uhh, I hardly doubt the homeless people are going to appreciate the fact that you have loads of money to decorate your barn for a wedding. Most of these people are down on their luck and probably aren't worried about how amazing your decorating skills are. That is just one example. Now on to the real plot.
Gaby thinks herself to be a very generous, loving, caring woman who is always bending over backward to help others. I, however, find her to be quite the selfish bitch. Hear me out. She decides that in order to do something for herself, she is going to get married to a wonderful man. No problem, right? Wrong. She picks 3 of her closest male friends, including her deceased husband's BROTHER, and decides to string these men and everyone else she knows until Christmas day, where all 3 men must show up and then she will reveal who she is marrying. I truly find it hard to believe that 3 men would be willing to go along with this. She also thinks she is really hip because she lets her children know about this plan by Fedexing them videos of herself. If she was that hip, she would have uploaded the videos to Youtube or uploaded them as email attachments. Also, she will not let her grandchildren call her Grandma. Get over yourself woman, you are a grown woman and having them call you by your first name does not make you any cooler or younger. Gaby has 4 children, Claire, Lizzie, Emily, and Seth. Claire, 35 years old,, is married to an abusive pothead, and they have 3 children together - 14 year old Gus and 11 year old twins. Lizzie, 34, is one of the only likeable characters and is married to the very ill Mike and they have an 8 year old daughter named Tallulah. Emily, 29, is the picture perfect child - she is a lawyer, would prefer to do pro bono work, and is married to a neurologist. Seth, 26, is a novelist who is dating Andie. Gaby catches Claire's son Gus with weed during one of the scenes and decides to keep it a secret, hoping he will decide to quit right then. Yes that is really a hip thing to do, especially knowing the boy's father's life path (still an abusive pothead at the age of 34.) Later on, on the day of the wedding, she sees Gus walking with 8 year old Tallulah outside into the woods. Gaby goes flying outside without her shoes on to chase them and catches them smoking weed - 14 is already too young , but really, an EIGHT YEAR OLD?? And STILL she doesn't tell anyone else. She even makes up excuses for her feet being all cut up. That is definitely beyond the definition of cool Grandma, that is called enabling a minor. Honestly, I can't even go on, I have already wasted too much time on this review so I will just get right to how it ended. She chooses Martin (the brother-in-law, ew, but hey at least she won't have to change her last name!), and the other 2 men are perfectly okay with it and agree to continue to be her best friend. Seth and Andie reveal that the reason they were late to dinner the other night was because they had stopped to get a marriage license. So they surprise everyone by stepping up to the alter to get married before Gaby. And Claire announces that she is leaving her abusive husband Hank. Oh yeah, and Mike has a miraculous recovery from his illness. So, you see, it is happily ever after for everyone. Whatever.