Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Christmas Wedding” as Want to Read:
The Christmas Wedding
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Christmas Wedding

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  15,463 ratings  ·  1,959 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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Christmas Wedding, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Chris Mara No. It was very shallow especially when it came to Gaby and her surprise selection of a husband! I gave this disappointing book 1 star.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
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 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 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
Jan 05, 2013 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
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
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 06, 2011 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
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
Jan 29, 2012 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
Nov 26, 2012 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
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-
Oct 25, 2012 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
Chris Mara
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Avoid this one and don’t waste your time!

Totally disappointed in James Patterson’s writing. What the hell was he thinking about when he put these characters and story together? It’s one hot mess and the biggest mess is the Mom, Gaby. A widow, looking for love and marriage out of one of her close male friends but it’s a surprise to everyone but her. She is so absolutely full of herself and her plans and “oh, I’m not announcing who I’m going to marry until the wedding day.” So these poor guys are
DNF. There is too much language and worldly living going on for my personal enjoyment. Maybe the ending would have resolved some of the issues I have with it, but I don't have the patience to find out.
Dec 18, 2011 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
Feb 18, 2016 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.
Oct 22, 2015 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
Dec 20, 2012 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)
Oct 27, 2011 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 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
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Our main character Gaby was just so into herself and thought she was better then everyone else. It really annoyed me. Our main character ends up getting engaged and will be married on Christmas Day. She invites her whole family and the catch is that on Christmas they'll find out who the groom is.
She had three guys ask to marry her.
Like this is just stupid.
One guy ask her to marry him and the other two are like "wait we want to marry you too!"
I can't 😂🙄
Dec 14, 2011 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
Aug 31, 2012 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
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Gabby Summerhill is getting married. The question is, to whom? Will it be Marty, Tom, or Jacob? Each one has proposed to her, but she isn't revealing who the lucky groom will be until Christmas Day when her whole family is gathered together. Gabby hasn't spent a Christmas with her whole family since her first husband passed away. Once they are all gathered, Gabby will reveal the lucky man. Each one of Gabby's four kids has their own life and Gabby is always up to something quirky she even has he ...more
Oct 22, 2011 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.
Tânia Agostinho
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-de-2015
Opinião brevemente no blog.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. This book has some charm to it, I liked Gaby a lot and I liked that we got to see all the perspectives and lives of her children and it was a sweet story but not as good as I was hoping it would be. I liked the thought of 3 suitors and not knowing which one it is but I wish we got to learn more about the guys to really make me root for one. Along the same lines I liked seeing the other characters and their lives but they were all small glimses that I didn't really get to connect much ...more
Hannah H.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well that book was terrible. If it weren’t for my reading goal and my competitive desire to read 45 books, I would’ve quit this audiobook and completed my 3 hour drive in silence. The novel kept building toward a mysterious wedding that ended up being so lackluster, I was shocked. I thought there had to be some hidden twist- hopefully one that would redeem the rest of the plot. Nope. Nothing.

On top of that, the secular-worldview of the main character grated on me. She decided to get married beca
Kim. E.
This book centers around a woman, Gabby Summerhill, who lost her husband approximately 4 years. Her four grown children have responded to this loss in different ways, and are now living all across the United States. Soon before Christmas Gabe telephones each of her children and tells them she would like to invite them to a wedding at their family home- for herself. The final part is that the name of the groom is unknown at this time.

It's apparent that this family moves to a different beat, and I
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • The Lazarus Pit
  • The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2)
  • Boys Will Be Boys
  • Lost December
  • Angels at the Table (Angels Everywhere, #7)
  • The Snow Angel
  • The Snow Globe
  • A Christmas Grace (Christmas Stories, #6)
  • The Christmas Cookie Chronicles: Carrie: A Twilight, Texas Story
  • The Day America Told the Truth
  • Christmas, Present
  • An Angel for Christmas
  • Sleigh Belles
  • Christmas at Harrington's
  • A Dog Named Christmas (A Dog Named Christmas #1)
Official US Site
Official UK Site
JIMMY Patterson Books

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books wo
“You see, one of the best things about reading is that you'll always have something to think about when you're not reading.” 36 likes
“If you're not reading - with your heart as well as your brain - you will be one stupid grown up. Even worst, you'll be missing out on one of the best experiences you can possibly have. Nowhere will you meet more interesting people than in books.” 25 likes
More quotes…