If you’re Gaby Summerhill, you turn the decision into a mystery and throw a Christmas wedding sure to bring all your children home for the holiday.
It’s been three years since Gaby’s husband, Peter, died. Their four children have drifted away focusing on the ups and downs of their own lives. Gaby decides the best way to get them all home for Christmas once again is to have her wedding on Christmas and keep the groom’s identity a secret.
The grooms-to-be include: Jacob Coleman, rabbi at Am Shalom Temple; Tom Hayden, local farmer and former professional hockey player; and Marty Summerhill, Peter’s younger brother.
Gaby sends video messages to her children to keep the suspense building. Meanwhile, each of her children are coming to terms with major issues in their own lives before heading home for the big day.
Even though the story is told mainly from Gaby’s point of view, there are chapters featuring the views of each of her children. This is done in a smooth transition from one family member to the each making it a well-balanced story.
While I often think of Patterson as one of the masters of great suspense and thrillers, he also tells a good romance tale from time to time. THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING is a heartwarming story of family and love with Christmas cheer as an added bonus. This is a quick storyline that will delight readers with bits of humor and tender moments. A good book to brighten any day.
Author James Patterson’s website is www.jamespatterson.com. The author has also launched a special website to help get youngsters excited about reading at http://readkiddoread.com/
The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo, Little, Brown and Company, @2011, ISBN: 9780316097390, Hardback, 288 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.