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The Perfect Christmas

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  3,845 ratings  ·  493 reviews
Christmas perfect?

For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance. What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acer...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Oh my this book was NOT for me. It reads like a cheesy Hallmark movie without any of the good emotional part of a romance novel. There was also no sexual tension or love scenes - just lukewarm kisses. The characters were cardboardy and seemed fakely wholesome - I couldn't relate to any of them. Blah Blah Blah - that's what I was thinking as I read it. No more Debbie Macomber for me, this is the poor man's non-romancy romance.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jun 29, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rabid Macomber fans only
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
I'm surprised that such a skilled author as Debbie Macomber would put so little effort into making this a good book. The plot was lame, the hero's point of view was never shown, we are at a loss to understand his motivations. When Macomber tries to explain them at the end, it is poorly done, sounds like an essay.

The heroine never gained any respect from me. Her motivations are shown, but the actions she takes based on them baffled me. I never figured out why she fell in love with the one she did...more
I can't believe I had to manually enter this book-Good Reads didn't have it. Anyway,this is just a quicky read. Debbie Macomber always writes a cutsie love story and I needed a light romance after reading two emotionally charged books-

This is about a 30 something woman whose biological clock is ticking and she pays a matchmaker $30,000.00 to find her a husband. But first he gives her 3 tasks to complete before he matches her with the prospective mate. So far it's cute, if it was a movie it would...more
This book was much better than A Cedar Cove Christmas in that it wasn't packed full of cringe-worthy puns. I enjoyed the story. Is it cheesy? Yes it is, but I still liked it.


My only draw back is how quickly they fell in love. It wasn't a love at first type kind of love but I thought it was odd that she assumed he loved her because he was showing obvious attraction. Why wouldn't you assume that he liked you and wanted to be with you? Why assume that it must be love and he's already picki...more
Sarah BT
So I've never read a Debbie Macomber book and I really didn't think I would. Her books are cozy romances and grandma's read them. I even met Ms. Macomber at ALA and she was very sweet, but I didn't really think about picking up one of her books.

But then I was in the mood for a cozy holiday read and this showed up when I started searching for Christmas books. I have to say, if you're in the mood for a light and fun fast read, read a Debbie Macomber book. I finished this one in two nights-which i...more
I found this book to be a great read at a great price. Here are some of my thoughts.

Short Introduction: Cassie is a 30 something biologist who begins to grow discouraged about love as the holiday season approaches. Her best friend Angie offers her the number of a professional matchmaker named Simon Dodson.

After a few meetings with Dr. Dodson, he believes that he has found a most suitable match for Cassie. But before he'll introduce her to her dream guy, he requests that she perform 3 holiday tas...more
A short and sweet vanilla romance for people who prefer happy endings and not much steam. There was a tiny bit of romantic tension and some scenes I could imagine being a good romantic comedy, particularly with the wacky assortment of neighbors. Overall, it was just okay. I think I am not Macomber's target audience (which is older white women who love cozy happily ever afters). I can appreciate coziness, especially in a Christmas romance but I like there to be a bit more depth to the characters,...more
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I'm going to stop picking random books from the new release shelf at the library. I've never read this author before. The book is predictable, poorly written, unconvincing and dull. I actually fell asleep when the main characters were finally professing their love.
It only takes and hour or two to read and is very PG.
Anne Marie Macek
This Kindle version contained two different stories (The Perfect Christmas, Can This Be Christmas) as well as some extras, including an interview with Debbie Macomber and some holiday recipes. I found both stories in this book to be cheery and nice, light holiday reading. In The Perfect Christmas, thirty-something Cassie pays $30k to matchmaker Simon to find her perfect husband and have a perfect Christmas (gag reflex engaged). Simon challenges her to complete three tasks, where she learns more...more
This was fun, easy read that put me in the mood for Christmas. I was lucky enough to find it on the shelf at the library and grabbed it. I have always enjoyed Macomber's Christmas stories. She writes one every year and they usually are released in late October. I have to say that last years story was one of my favorites and I enjoyed it more than this one. I know romance tends to be a bit predictable and this was no exception, but it was fun to get to know Cassie and Simon. Macomber includes som...more
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I read Christmas stories each year during the holiday season with varying results. The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber was not my favourite, but it wasn't terrible. I found the plot grating at points, but overall it was a light, enjoyable Christmas read.

The story centres on Cassie Beaumont, a successful career woman in her thirties who has never married. She desperately wants a husband and family; she's so desperate in fact that she goes to a matchmaker, the cantankerous Simon Dodson. In or...more
A light heart-warming tale set in modern-day Seattle WA, with subtle messages of Christmas spirit

Reader's Guide on the author's website:

It was obvious from the beginning that Angie & Shawn, Cassie & Simon would end up 'happily-ever-after'.

I was most interested in reading about the dinner task, because a big holiday dinner is a challenge many of us take on at least once. I was a bit disappointed that the reality was completely glosse...more
The Perfect Christmas was a light-hearted holiday romance. Cassie, 33 years old and still single, is hoping to meet the perfect man to have the perfect Christmas. Since she has tried a lot of other avenues with no success (online dating), she turns to the services of matchmaker Simon Dodson. He comes with a high price tag but offers a money-back guarantee if things don't work out. Cassie finds him to be insulting and rude but he still takes her on as a client. He requires her to do three tasks,...more
This story was a nice story however the story at the end called "Can This be Christmas" touched me more than the beginning story. It was a tale of several people including children being stranded in a snow storm in an old railroad depot. Most of them started out either sad or angry at life and circumstances they had no control over. What happened at the Depot changed their outlook on life and them and made all the difference to each of them. They were all strangers at the beginning and ended up...more
Julie Barrett

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Cathy has decided to use a professsional matchmaker as she's had no luck on her own or her girlfriends blind dates.
Simon is the professional psychologist that has a dating service as well.
He's told her she needs to do a few tasks first then she will meet Mr. Right-John.
She's a bell ringer around the Christmas holidays near a store and finds some good people out there and some not so good people that left money for the pot.
Her next task is to fly in to meet...more
May 15, 2012 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: Aunt Susie
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
A woman goes to a no nonsense matchmaker to find her perfect match. I couldn't help but picture Steve Ward.

I like these little romance books. I don't care if they're cheesy, I don't care if they're unrealistic. I just enjoy happy stories. But the epilogue to this kind of book is always just a bit much.

I like the story here, a woman goes to a matchmaker and ends up falling for him. A great little romcom.

But the epilogue; are we suppose to believe that within a year, less than a year real...more
Well, I was looking forward to reading something light and fluffy and warm, but if this hadn't been chosen for book club, I'm not sure I would have finished it. I realize this book isn't meant to represent serious literature, but I think that rainbows-and-unicorns books can be happy and light without being so completely bland. Like boiled chicken and white rice with no salt. The writing was incredibly threadbare, and the connections strained, even more so due to the utter lack of character devel...more
Jackie Lane
This was a laugh out loud, funny Christmas Story.

33 year old Cassie Beaumont received a Christmas photo before Thanksgiving and seeks to find the "perfect Christmas". When she was younger her father left her family during the holiday season and now she is looking to find love, marriage and a family, which, to date, have alluded both her andher brother. She employes the services of a matchmaker, recommended by her friend Angie.

The matchmaker tells her she needs to complete 3 task before he will...more
Alice Harbin
A delightful, short story about two young women wanting to find husbands. They hear of a matchmaking psychologist who charges $30,000 but guarantees a "suitable" match. Cassie hopes to find this match before Christmas. Angie is rejected by the match making because she hasn't gotten over a previous relationship. (Cassie's brother) Cassie goes to the match maker who requires her to complete 3 tasks before he will locate her match. Cassie completes the tasks to his satisfaction, but finds that she...more
Would you pay $30,000 for a husband?

Cassie Beaumont did. When her best friend, Angie, recommends Cassie make an appointment to see Simon, a matchmaker, Cassie agrees to do so. Her biological clock is ticking, and she just can’t seem to meet new men. Although Simon’s fee is steep, Cassie agrees to pay because Simon has an outstanding success rate with his matches.

However, Simon won’t allow Cassie to meet John, her perfect match. First, she has to do some unusual Christmas tasks to prove her worth...more
This book was a boilerplate for predictable and blah romance. I wanted to like it, but I was left very unimpressed.

Plus, it aggrevated me that someone would pay $30,000 !?!?!?!?! for a matchmaker who was about as exciting as paint drying on the wall. On top of everything, I didn't even buy the romance at the end of the story. It was one of those -- yeah, you're in love... surreeee.

Serves me right for picking up a random audiobook from the library. :P
really liked The "Perfect Christmas' but loved "Can this be Christmas".

The Perfect Christmas is the tale of a woman who consults a matchmaker and the trials he puts her through.

Can This Be Christmas is the story of a group of people stranded on a train and then in a train station of Christmas Eve. The interactions between the strangers is a prime example of why Debbie Macomber is the "Queen of the Christmas Story"
Shannon (Twilight Sleep)
I was afraid that this book, being a romantic venture, was going to be full of those disgusting porn scenes most romances seem to contain these days (which is why I refrain from reading them). However, I was pleasantly surprised. This was a great story - a wholesome, lovely romance that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from Ms. Macomber.
Started this one while wrapping Christmas gifts and finished it while traveling home for Christmas. A fun holiday romance. I must admit that I am not sure exactly why Cassie falls for Simon. He is smart, but often cold. I am not sure I really buy the change of heart at the end.
I loved this easy to read Christmastime novel! It was exactly what I was seeking. Light hearted, humorous, and seasonal. I have all ready recommended this to MANY people. This is a must read for individuals looking for a holiday tale!
Debbie always does a great job of writing books that make you feel good. I especially enjoyed the "extra" story at the end - CAN THIS BE CHRISTMAS? It really showed how small things can make us realize how blessed we are.
I read this book this morning! I love Debbie's books and I love Christmas so of course her holiday books are a MUST READ each year. This one was super good and I hope they make it a movie like they did Mrs. Miracle!
I enjoyed this book. I really like the first story The Perfect Christmas, the second story I'll be home for Christmas was just ok. I would recommend this book. I still enjoy reading Debbie Macomber.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that embrace family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.

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