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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is only the 2nd Debbie Macomber book I have read and I liked it a lot. I also bought her Christmas book from last year. This book tells the story of Cassie, a single woman in her 30s who only wants the perfect Christmas. She has tried everything, blind dates, the internet, and still no luck. One day she recieved a Christmas card from her old college friends, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet! All she wants is the perfect husband and perfect kids like her friend. When you've tried everything what else can you do. How about spend $30,000 on a professional mathcmaker. Between the matchmaker himself, her tasks to complete before meeting her match, and the "kind" old lady next door who keeps stealing her paper to clip out coupons, what else could possibly happen. There's plenty of comic relief and it proves to be a quick, yet worthwhile, read. I reccommend it anyone who needs an escape or just a quick pick me up in the hectic time that comes before, and includes, the holiday season.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Thirty-something Cassie Beaumont has her heart set on finding the perfect husband so she can have the perfect family and celebrate the perfect Christmas. With her biological clock ticking away, this professional woman is anxious to find her mate and get on with life. With urging from her best friend, she decides to get professional help and writes a check for thirty thousand dollars (the money she'd been saving for her dream wedding) to hire professional matchmaker Simon Dodson.

The story is sweet and sentimental though at times slightly silly. Fans of Debbie Macomber will most likely find it satisfying as a light-hearted story for the Christmas season, despite its highly predictable main plot and sub plot.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Debbie Macomber's books are like potato chips, you can't read just one, no matter how much you realize you will know what happens in the end - girl gets boy. They are happy and sweet light reading novels that you know you will be able to enjoy.

`The Perfect Christmas' tells the story of 2 romances, one with Cassie Beaumont and one with her best friend Angie Barber; both find their true love in the end. The setting is Christmastime and Cassie and Angie are desperate to find husbands; so desperate that Cassie uses the $30,000 she has saved for her wedding to pay a professional matchmaker. Both Angie and Cassie feel their biological clock ticking and want true love and a husband and babies; the problem as Macomber so astutely points out is that men do not have a deadline for fatherhood so they do not feel that push to get married before a certain age.

Cassie is given 3 three tasks by the matchmaker to prove her worth before she meets her perfect match - all are appropriate Christmas related activities. She has her mishaps, which make her more real to a reader and she does find her true love in a twist and turn in the plot (which I will refrain from spoiling for a future reader). Angie as well finds her true love and all ends happily.

I did find in this day and economic time $30,000 for a wedding and especially to hand over to a matchmaker an enormous sum of money - it really disturbed me to think of that amount, but overlook that and you can have a pleasant Christmas read.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love Debbie Macomber - love her. I enjoyed the Blossom Street series, the Dakota series and many of her Christmas books.

That said - this book is awful. The male character is cruel, meanspirited, cold and a little sadistic. I spent the book completely confused as to why any one - much less the main character - would have any interest in this person at all. He is without emotion or personality. He is controlling and odd - a very sick man. In a short book - with only 2 real characters - it's awful when you hate one character (the man) and want the other character (the woman) to find someone (anyone!) else. Them "falling in love" is laughable - they spend maybe 2 hours together and that time is spent sniping and being mean to one another.

To make matters worse - this mean male character is a psychologist who behaves unethically by kissing his client multiple times. It's wrong on so many levels. She is paying him. He is treating her like garbage. She is attracted to his cruelty - and then he steps over boundaries by kissing her repeatedly. It's a disfunctional mess.

The supporting characters are also completely unlikeable and mean as well - stealing newspapers, not holding doors, being rude.

One of the things I love about Debbie's books is how much I love her characters and this book was full of characters I hated.

I don't know what happened - but this book is a total disaster - cruel and meanspirited all the way through.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

This season's offering from the Queen of Christmas cheer hands up a knockout punch, not just in story, but with the absolutely wonderful front and back cover. A cover, especially with a Christmas novel, is what captivates me into reading a book, and then the author has to really sell her story to capture me totally and this one did in spades.

Cassie Beaumont, a very successful chemist, is looking for a husband for Christmas, but he needs to be perfect. Her best friend Angie, who suggests she go see this matchmaker, Simon Dodson, who is demanding, stodgy, know-it-all, who says he has the perfect match for her. He gives her three tasks to do during the Christmas season, the first giving her the assignment of being a Bell Ringer at a mall. What she learns there surprises her. Her second task is to be an elf helping Santa at another mall and the comedic results prove to be startling, if not embarrasing. Her third and final task are to fix the perfect Christmas dinner with all the trimmings singlehandedly. She has to invite her neighbors, who she dislikes and the end results surprise her. If you're looking for The perfect Christmas novel to cozy up in a chair with, this is it!!!!

Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri
Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook.

Mira Books
Pub. Date: September 2009
240pp
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had a newsletter from Debbie Macomber assuring me that I would love this book, that she laughed and cried when writing it. I didn't crack a smile thru the whole book, and certainly didn't tear up. I found the entire book to be silly and disappointing.
I like a lot of what Macomber writes- her house number series is interesting and I like the continuing characters in it. I liked the Dakota series also. But the Christmas books never do it for me.
I read a whole lot of books every year, and Macomber's Christmas books just don't seem like she puts the effort into them. I'm so glad I got the book out of the library, rather than investing in it.

Holly in south jersey
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Debbie Macomber is almost always a nice quiet read. The Perfect Christmas is no exception. It was an easy, restful, nice read for a busy, hectic time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I usually love Debbie Macomber's books, but this one was a total disappointment. I'm also a sucker for any book with "Christmas" in the title, or any other holiday for that matter, so that's what attracted me to this one. I originally purchased it for my daughter, but then I couldn't help myself from cracking it open to read it myself first. Now I'm glad I did, as I think I'll skip passing it on to her.

For starters, Ms. Macomber lost me as soon as I read the amount Cassie was shelling out to the matchmaker for his services. That absurd amount kind of made me ill, especially in today's economy. I knew right then I wouldn't be passing the book on to my daughter, who struggles financially as it is; no need to make her feel worse about her situation! The other thing that left me scratching my head was the whole concept of Cassie falling for the matchmaker with the horrid personality.

Do yourself a favor and skip this one --- for me, it was far from a "perfect Christmas" story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Mass Market Paperback
(Originally posted at That Artsy Reader Girl. I bought my copy from a seller other than Amazon.)

I knew that, ultimately, the entire book would be pure, predictable, fluff. But it was extremely sweet, and I did really enjoy it! I got pretty tired of listening to Cassie complain for the first 30 or so pages, but it got so much better once she was done introducing her predicament and venting about it. I adored Simon's character. He was the scrooge of the book, who did not believe in love even though his profession was to help others find it. I love the banter he and Cassie share back and forth. As Cassie goes through the process of completing her three tasks, she experiences some funny things and also some heartwarming things. You grow to like her, and her totally awesome brother (I'd date him!). It does have a very sweet ending, and everyone is overflowing with happiness and the spirit of Christmas.

It was a cute, fast, fluffy read but I love that at Christmastime! Now, it's not a piece of genius literature, nor does it have a very original plot. It's very predictable, and I knew from the very beginning what was going to happen. If you're looking for a challenge, or looking to be captivated, this is probably not the book for you. If you're looking for a quick dose of cute Christmas sappiness, then perhaps you'd take from this book the same things I did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a disappointment! I have enjoyed all of Macomber's recent fiction, but this novel is as predictable as an old Harlequin romance, and just as straining to any sense of credibility. A working woman in her early thirties goes to a matchmaker who guarantees to find her a husband for the price of $30,000.00? How many people have this kind of money lying around, and if they do, isn't it a bit far fetched that they would entrust it to one man to find a perfect mate? The whole plot is totally predictable from the get-go, and the character development, which has been Macomber's strong point, is sadly lacking. Please, Debbie, you are a better writer than this--don't turn to the dark side and start churning out formulaic romances.
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