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The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
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Oct 17, 2011

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Read from October 12 to 14, 2011

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 information. The book worked best for me when it centered around Gaby's kids and their lives.

Gaby sends her children a video telling them that she is getting married on Christmas Day. She doesn't tell them who she will be marrying and the only way to find out is to come home for Christmas. We are introduced to Gaby's three potential husbands - Tom, Jacob and Marty. I found it hard to believe that these three men were okay with Gaby stringing them along. The supposed romantic element of the story was not believable. If a man proposes marriage, he obviously has feelings for the woman, strong feelings. I don't think any man would be okay with being strung along with two other men. I felt that Gaby was being selfish by not saying who she was going to marry. What were Gaby's motives behind keeping it a secret? It felt like it was a game to her. I wish we were given more background information about Gaby so that I could understand her more. For me, Gaby came off as a flighty, selfish person. She cares about her kids and the men in her life, but I felt like what she did was cruel. When she finally chooses her husband, I wasn't overly surprised or emotional about it.

The Christmas Wedding was a good story but it didn't wow me. It is a quick read and the plot will keep you engaged. Like I said earlier, the story worked best for me when it centered around Gaby's children. I didn't find Gaby endearing or likable and the sections of the book that were devoted to her did not hold my interest. There were parts of Gaby's behavior that were distracting. I found it odd that her kids and grandkids called her by her first name and she was okay with that. There was no explanation as to how she became Gaby and not "Mom" or "Granma". Again, I wish I knew more about Gaby's history because the little odd things about her were distracting to me. I shouldn't focus on why her family called her by her first name but I couldn't not think about it and wonder.

All in all, The Christmas Wedding was an enjoyable read. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. I'm sure fans of Patterson will love it.

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Reading Progress

10/12/2011 page 1
0.0% "my first Patterson book. I hope it's good."
10/13/2011 page 105
35.0% "Gah I want to go to the end of the book to see who Gaby marries. But I won't do it."
10/13/2011 page 172
57.0% "Not bad but not wowing me. Just not my style I guess."

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Lynn I completely agree with you. Gaby came across as self-absorbed and egotistic. There is no way that three men would put up with being kept on a string like that in read life!

Like you, I also enjoyed the side stories about her children much more than the main story about Gaby.

I'm really sorry that this was your first James Patterson book, because it is not at all typical of his style of writing. I think he let his co-author write the whole thing in this case, and just loaned his name to it. Read some of his other books. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

If you'd like to read a couple of fabulous romances that James Patterson authored (alone), try Sam's Letters to Jennifer, or Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Those two books prove that he IS capable of weaving a romantic tale. Of course, his real talent is in mystery/murder/suspense.

LiteraryMarie ::gasp:: This was your first Patterson novel?

Try another standalone Patterson book. I think you will find it more enjoyable, realistic and romantic.

Lisa I agree with Marie. This isn't one of Patterson's best reads. Try a different one from him!

Regina Frankly, I don't think James Patterson wrote the book. Note the name Robert Dilallo underneath. Patterson writes better than this!

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