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The Christmas Wedding

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  13,390 Ratings  ·  1,752 Reviews
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 announce ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2011)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Christmas Wedding is by James Patterson. I listened to the audio version of this book.

Gaby Summerhill lost her husband three years ago. She had a wonderful life with him and has four grown children who have all gone in separate directions. The family has not gotten together since the death of their father/husband. Gaby is ready, now, to turn the page. She has fallen in love and is planning a Christmas wedding at her farm. But there are a few surprises with this wedding. She has three men who
Dec 13, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it
If there was an option of 0 stars for this book, that is what I would have given it. The main character Gaby is a self centered bitch who thinks the world revolves around her. There is nothing about Christmas in this book other than the fact that the wedding takes place on Christmas. Gaby is so self centered that she has 150 people join her for a Christmas eve dinner and even more for a Christmas day wedding so everyone can honor her and pay homage to her. None of these people wanted to share Ch ...more
Shannon Brennan
Dec 07, 2011 Shannon Brennan rated it did not like it
Once upon a time, I adored James Patterson's writing. I couldn't get enough of his books from about ten years ago and prior, but as the years have gone by and he has started pumping out a book or two every couple months, the quality of his stories has really plummeted. Most of Patterson's books these days are collaborations, so I am not sure how much he actually writes and how much is just his name printed prominently on the cover to boost sales. Regardless, his older novels are excellent and hi ...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
8/25/12: Yeah, this is just not going to happen. Every time I look at this book and think about picking it back up I have the same reaction I do to the prospect of drinking prune juice. I'm not going to continue to torture myself with this one.

2/03/12: I just, I don't think I can, guys. I'm not going to rate this (it will be one star) and mark it as flounced…yet. I'll make that decision later, after I attempt to pick it up again. But it is such an unenjoyable read that I'm not sure I can make my
Jan 05, 2013 Briansmom rated it did not like it
Shelves: christmas
This book is. totally. stupid. Not just a little stupid. Totally, thoroughly, ridiculously, stupid. Let me start by saying that I have read a fair amount of James Patterson books, both murder mysteries and just plain fiction, and have enjoyed most of them. And I have read a fair amount of Christmas fiction, both the fantasy kind (i.e. takeoffs on "A Christmas Carol," Santa-is-real stuff, etc.) and the fluffy romance kind. But I have never read a book, Christmas or otherwise, quite like this. Oh, ...more
Beverly Diehl
Wish I could give it zero stars, although it might be useful for authors to read as an example of What Not To Do.

The Good - it's a very quick read. I didn't notice any typos. The cover is pretty, if you think a slender young women in a sleeveless white dress with a long train "works" to represent a 50-60ish widowed grandmother getting married in a pale purple dress and sneakers.

The Bad - The premise is that Gaby, said grandmother & widow, is getting married. She is sending video DVD's BY MAI
Nov 07, 2011 Trudy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OOOOOOOh! I loved this story! This was a wonderful "very feel good" adventure. I don't normally read James Patterson books because they are not my cup of tea, however it appears that this time he took a completely different turn. Many of his regular fans are not happy with this book because it is just so "sweet and gentle". However, perhaps he's attempting to attract another segment of the reading population. I hope he writes other books like this. The icing on the cake for me is that I was marr ...more
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
The Christmas Wedding is the first novel I've read by James Patterson. Starting the novel, I didn't know what to expect. To me, James Patterson isn't synonymous with fiction work with a romantic theme.

The Christmas Wedding is centered around Gaby and her four grown children - Claire, Liz, Emily and Seth. In the first half of the book, there are several chapters dedicated to each child. I thought that this was an interesting way for the reader to learn about Gaby's kids without being told the inf
Nov 29, 2012 Susie rated it did not like it
Oh dear. Time to rant. I feel like I could write a scathing review of this book that was actually longer than the novel itself. I had an inkling that this wouldn’t be a good fit for me, but I picked it anyway because I promised my senior book group a happy little holiday novel and, at the end of the day (or the atrocious novel), it’s really about their reading preferences and not mine. If I can make just one of the members happy and maybe have a good discussion about why we hated or loved a book ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluff
While reading this I thought someone was yanking my chain! This is the most ridiculous plot I have ever read!!!! Even Danielle Steel on an extremely bad day could not come up with something so outlandish! And to think it was written by two men is beyond my comprehension.

The plot:
middle age widow lady is proposed to by 3 good looking nice middle age single men [now tell me where are 3 good looking nice middle age single men together?????]. That's not the most ridiculous part-- they all propose t
I've been reading James Patterson's work for years. I have enjoyed his crime/suspense novels. He has now entered the romance genre. He needs a reality check before going any further. When I'm reading fiction, I suspend belief a little. But I cannot totally jettison my common sense.
First of all, the cover of a beautiful young(ish) bride in white doesn't jive at all with what is actually in the book. The bride is a fifty/sixty-something widow with grown children and grand children. The bride-to-
Apr 08, 2013 Margarida rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Acho que é minha primeira 1*...

É o primeiro livro de James Patterson que leio e espero que a sua escrita não seja só isto, senão fico muito desiludida! :(

Li o primeiro capítulo deste “Casamento no Natal”, precisamente por altura do Natal do ano passado e achei uma introdução interessante… Não o pude comprar na altura e ainda bem, senão hoje estaria a chorar o meu rico dinheirinho!

No entanto, fiquei curiosa e assim que pude (consegui-o emprestado) comecei a lê-lo! Aquilo que no início me pareceu
Dec 18, 2011 J rated it it was ok
Really 1 1/2 stars ...

I can't say how much I disliked the main character "Gabby" ... I finished reading this book just to get the book point in a reading competition with my husband. Gabby is old enough to have grown children (ages 35 - 26) but incredibly immature. She is bossy, manipulative, self-righteous, inconsistent and demands to be the center of attention. I initially enjoyed reading the story lines that involved her children, but eventually the children just became shades of Gabby.

The la
Oct 26, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it
I’ve had my eye on The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson for a few years now, but the holidays come and go and this book has fallen off my radar one too many times. Well, I’ve finally had a chance to dive into this holiday story. Definitely a good book to enjoy with some gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate. This is a novel that shares one’s family story about heartbreak, sickness and disappointment during a time when we should be rejoicing life. However, despite the chaos in the Summerhill ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Filipa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson é um excelente autor de policiais, como autor de romances não o conhecia até o ano passado ter lido "Abre o teu coração". Fiquei fã.
Este é o segundo livro que leio e posso dizer que ele escreve duma maneira ternurenta e nada nada aborrecida. Tudo o que ele escreve se torna agradável de ler, são sempre experiências em que ficamos a pensar ou que de alguma forma nos identificamos com as personagens. Consegue despertar emoções para com as pessoas que ele cria.

Neste livro, mantém o
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 02, 2011 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it liked it
Shelves: dtb-book
I have loved James Patterson's other contemporary romances in the past and was so excited to see that he finally came out with another one. I have been waiting two years for him to write another one so, needless to say my expectations for this book may have been a little high.

Maybe, sadly, a little too high.

I was a little disappointed with this one. Maybe it was the wait or the anticipation that made me a little disappointed with it. Maybe it was the fact that this didn't even really seem like a
Dec 26, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
My book club reads a Christmas book every year, wraps it up and exchanges it at our meeting. I got this from Heather and wanted to read it before Christmas. I couldn't sleep so I got up, curled up and read the whole book. She's right, it was really quick. I can't remember why I was talking about this book in the car on the way to our Christmas Eve party, but I mentioned that the main character told all of her kids that three guys asked to marry her and she would decide who to marry on Christmas ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Elci rated it did not like it
Imagine this: three men propose to the same woman at the same time, she tells them she'll let them know whom she'll say yes to at the day of the wedding. Yup, they all show up to the f'en wedding where two of the guys are told nope. And they're all like,"right on! It's all copacetic." Yeah, no.

Wait, but there's more... Alas I don't care enough to go on. Let's just say I'm thankful it was a library borrow.
Dec 18, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family is important to Gaby Summerhill, and since her husband Peter's death three years before, her family hasn't spent Christmas together. Christmas is the season for Believing and Family is the reason for the season ... Gaby is bound and determined to get her four adult children and their families back to the family home in Massachusetts to celebrate a good old family Christmas like they had in the past. Come step into Gaby's world and see how she gets her wayward family to come home for the h ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Caroline rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
I hated this book. There really ought to be a 0 star rating reserved for those books you just want to throw into the road and run over with your car. I'm just glad I borrowed this from the library and didn't waste even one penny on this steaming pile of dung.

The plot (or what passes for one) revolves around Gaby, a 50-something widow, and her children / grandchildren who haven't spent Christmas all together since her husband died. Gaby is proposed to by three eligible bachelors and decides that
Aug 31, 2012 Casey rated it it was ok
Well written, easy to read...but the storyline was pretty laughable. The plot between 2 characters (Claire and her husband) perked my interest the most. I did like Gabbi as a character...her thoughts, etc. Her character really came to life, but it was still a rather stupid storyline. What 3 men are willing to stand at the altar and let someone pick one of them, and the other 2 take that chance at humiliation? Not to mention, shouldn't they know by that point if she really loved them or not--in s ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed in this book, probably because I hold James Patterson to an impossibly high standard, as he has never failed to completely captivate me before. It wasn't just because this was a departure from the type of book that he usually writes, either. Patterson has written romance before, very successfully. If you've read Sam's Letters to Jennifer, or Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, you know how very moving those books were. No, in this case, it was almost as if he gave his co-au ...more
Megs ♥
Not a typical Patterson book, but it was still entertaining. It's a cute Christmas book that I enjoyed.
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Aug 29, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas

Gaby is a widow with four grown children who live all over the country. They haven’t come together for the holidays since their dad died. But this Christmas, they’re reuniting because Gaby is getting married… but to who? No one knows, not even the groom! Three different men have proposed to Gaby, and she’s decided she will marry one of them but she won’t reveal who until the wedding on Christmas day. Interwoven with Gaby’s story are the stories of all four children, each facing an obstacle
Becky Hoffman
Jan 12, 2012 Becky Hoffman rated it it was ok
James Patterson's "Christmas Wedding" is supposed to center around Gaby, a fifty-something widower who is getting married again. She's inviting her family out to the wedding which is going to be held on Christmas. Seems like a nice little Christmas story.

By the first page, the reader is introduced to all the main characters on the playing field; all sixteen of them. For the first 5 to 10 chapters I have to flip back and forth between the list of characters and the page I'm reading to make sure I
Jan 25, 2015 Mj rated it it was ok
I would have rated this book a 2 1/2 if available, but rated it a 2 when I thought about how it compared to other books that I have rated a 3.

It was a very light read, an easy read (perhaps too easy) and a very quick read. The book has just over 200 pages counting a page for each chapter heading and a blank page between the chapter heading and the actual start of each chapter. It is also double spaced.

While I enjoyed the book if I hadn't taken it out of the library and purchased it for $30, I wo
Oct 31, 2012 Joana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando pensam em Natal, que palavras vos vêm à mente? Comemoração, família, conforto, diversão, amor, positivismo, sonho... Estas são muitas das palavras que associamos à época natalícia, podendo encontrá-las neste romance encantador!
James Patterson e Richard DiLallo esmeraram-se na concepção deste pequeno mas marcante romance natalícia.
"Um Casamento No Natal" é muito mais que um romance típico de Natal.
A estória gira à volta da família Summerhill, com incidência na matriarca Gaby, que após per
Dec 17, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful Christmas story! I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not at all like the James Patterson I'm used to, but it certainly had everything to keep it moving along.

Gaby's husband, Peter, died three years ago from an unexpected heart attack, leaving Gaby and her four children, Emily, Lizzie, Claire and Seth, devastated. Since Peter's funeral, the whole family hadn't been together at one time, and Gaby decided Christmas was the time, as she wanted everyone around her.

Delicious Strawberry
Nov 14, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: james-patterson
Let me ask y'all out there a quick question, and raise your hand if it applies to you. Do you know one man, much less three, who will show up at a wedding - potentially their own - and have the bride choose out of the three of them, publicly? No hand raised? Right, that's what I thought.

I don't know of anyone who would stand up to this. It might happen on the Bachelor/Bachelorette, but this is rather different, and these men are setting themselves up to be humiliated, and in front of their poten
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