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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 January 1st 2011)
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Mary
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
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...more
Shannon Brennan
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
Briansmom
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
Trudy
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
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...more
Margarida
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...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...more
Michelle
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
Susie
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
Filipa
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...more
J
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...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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...more
Lígia Bibliomigalhas
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Apesar de ter cumprido as expetativas relativamente a ser uma leitura ligeira, com os capítulos curtos e a história a ajudar, talvez tenha sido o livro de James Patterson que mais me desiludiu.
Eu sabia que era um livro e uma história romântica e não fui ao engano, mas com tanto mistério e secretismo ao longo de toda a primeira parte do livro, nunca pensei que o final fosse tão previsível e cor-de-rosa.
Senti que a história e o mistério iam em crescendo e qu...more
Kay
Jan 29, 2012 Kay rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Casey
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
Meg ♥
Not a typical Patterson book, but it was still entertaining. It's a cute Christmas book that I enjoyed.
Becky Hoffman
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...more
Lynn
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
Mj
Nov 28, 2011 Mj rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
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...more
Brenda
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.

G...more
Kathleen
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
Joana
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...more
Anne Marie
Once upon a time, I was stuck at the library while waiting for my car's oil to be changed. I picked up this book and started reading it and only brought it home because it was free, though I was hoping that any page now, I was going to start caring about the characters and what happened to them. I never did care, and nothing ever did happen to them. The book was trite and predictable and the best thing about it is that it was short and did not take too much time to read. Honestly, the only reaso...more
Delicious Strawberry
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...more
Kathie
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Mary (BookHounds)
Gabby is a middle age widow who has packed on the pounds after her husband died three years ago. Her four children have drifted apart and she sends them all a dvd to invite them to spend the holidays and attend her wedding on Christmas day. She doesn't tell the children who she is marrying, but tells them to come home to find out. There are sections of the book dedicated to each child, so you get a background for each of them. I guess you have to take this story with a grain of salt since I coul...more
Amy
This was a cute short story, but that's all that it was. There are certain expectations when it's sold as a hardcover novel by a well know author, and I was very disappointed. Thank goodness I got it at the library! There was virtually no character development and the story was at its best "cute" and at its worst, just silly. I think there was potential to the story. I kept hoping I was going to learn more about the characters or something really interesting would happen, but in the end it was j...more
Cathy
This book reads like a middle schooler wrote it. The characters behave in ways that make no sense, as if created for an immature child's daydream. I know this wasn't written by James Patterson but the fact that his name is on it smacks of blatant commercialism. Another author cashing in on the Christmas bucks. I pity the disappointed readers who will find this under the tree on Christmas morning.
Caroline
Aug 22, 2014 Caroline rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
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