Book #Review and #Giveaway: The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo {2 Winners}

Monday, October 17, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
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 announces that she's getting married - and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day - she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise - she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.

My Thoughts
The Christmas Wedding is a heartwarming story about family, love, and second chances. Gaby is the widowed matriarch of her family who surprises everyone with her decision to remarry. Each of her children is in a relationship of their own, deep in personal problems and struggles. Although Gaby is the force that holds them all together, the family has not gathered for the holidays since the death of her husband. She brings them home again for her wedding, and the identity of the groom is kept secret until the ceremony.

I enjoyed The Christmas Wedding very much. In a way, it was not what I would have expected from James Patterson. Last year, I was surprised to find out he wrote romance novels. Sundays at Tiffany's, another James Patterson book that came out in 2009, was made into a Lifetime Original movie and aired last December. If you equate his name with thrillers and Alex Cross novels, you are in for a surprise, too.

You can preview part of of the book's Kindle edition for free via Amazon: The Christmas Wedding - Free Preview: The First 23 Chapters.

The Giveaway
Two (2) lucky readers of this blog will win a copy of The Christmas Wedding!

To enter, please comment below what's your best read so far for 2011 - then follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form.

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Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

47 comments:

  1. vickie said...

    I've read Love's Enduring Promise by Janette oak
    Vickie
    vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. holdenj said...

    One of the best books I've read this year is Trick of the Light by Louise Penny.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Sandra K321 said...

    It wasn't released this year, but I read it this year. The Kitchen House.

  4. Beth said...

    Best book of 2011 "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

  5. Pricilla said...

    It sounds like a good book

  6. scottsgal said...

    i loved Fireworks over Toccoa
    msboatgal at aol.com

  7. MyTwoCents said...

    "Just This Side of Heaven" by Timothy Glass

    be prepared with a box of tissues, lot of sniffling

  8. Charity and John said...

    Naked Heat was the best book I read so far in 2011.
    primabee at hotmail dot com

  9. ann said...

    Never Knowing is the one I read and was the best

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  10. shana said...

    I just finished Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell.
    I've always liked her & this series. I read all of James Pattersons books as they come out, but I've gotten behind on my reading & haven't read this one.

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

  11. Patricia N said...

    For me the best read has been Cutting for Stone. Loved it!
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  12. Karen C said...

    One of the best books I've read this year is Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons.

    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. Anita Yancey said...

    My best book this year is Winterkill by Joyce K. Walsh.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  14. Nancy said...

    Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans. Now to wait for the next in the series to be released:)

  15. Tore said...

    I loved The Forsaken. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  16. lag123 said...

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Fabulous!!!!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  17. Susan M. Heim said...

    Song of the Nile, by Stephanie Dray

  18. rubynreba said...

    I liked Beside Still Waters
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

  19. AnneLoyd said...

    The last good book I read was The Insider by Reese Hirsch.

    Anneliz702@hotmail.com

  20. DarcyO said...

    Finally read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Loved it!

  21. bettycd said...

    Best book - George RR Martin's Dance with Dragons his long awaited sequel in the Fire and Ice series. Hope we don't have to wait for 5 years for the next one.

  22. andalene said...

    Seeing Ezra - abrennan09@hotmail.com

  23. allysmama said...

    Just finished Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans...loved it!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

  24. Carrie Phelps said...

    I love James Patterson so I've actually been rereading his books this year & my favorites are all the books that feature Alex Cross.
    carriedust@yahoo.com

  25. Jolee said...

    I liked Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand a lot, Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine (a sleeper worth finding!!) and Once Upon a River a lot. Good stuff. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  26. wfnren said...

    I haven't read any James Patterson books, but this sounds like one that I might like.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

  27. gahome2mom said...

    The Bible lol gahome2mom/gmail/com

  28. mrsshukra said...

    I'm Over All That by Shirley Maclaine!

  29. kswederski said...

    I read a lot of good books this year - I really liked The Help.

    kayswederski@yahoo.com

  30. Terri. said...

    The Prophet Kahlil Gibran

  31. Kara said...

    The Other Countess by Eve Edwards

  32. Kristi said...

    I am loving the Grace Chapel Inn series of books right now.

  33. samantha35 said...

    Best book I have read this year is the help

  34. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

    The white queen by philippa gregory. thank you!

  35. Cindy said...

    One of the best books I've read this year is the "Iron House" by John Hart.
    cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

  36. CherylS22 said...

    The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C. W. Gortner.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Heather Lynne said...

    My favorite book this year is probobly Glass Castle.

  38. Mia J. said...

    I just read Little Bee and that was very good.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

  39. Anonymous said...

    The Help is the best book so far in 2011 for me.

  40. wfnren said...

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway, I've been seeing this book and would really like to read it.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

  41. Renee G said...

    I enjoyed reading A Discovery of Witches.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOt)com

  42. Kristie said...

    I liked "The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks. Sad but good. I didn't care for the end though. Too contrived. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  43. Tannie's Chatter said...

    The best book was The Help!

    tanandjosh@telus.net

  44. Dutch Girls Favorite Things said...

    The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter
    bdavisnc at gmail dot com

  45. lag123 said...

    The Help by Kathhryn Stockett

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  46. Lana Bradstream said...

    The Invisible World by Anthony Destefano.

  47. Chantel said...

    I really enjoyed Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford.
    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

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