The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo Review

Gaby Summerhill is a widow in The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DeLallo. Her husband passed away three years ago. Her three children have drifted apart and Gaby is lonely. One day, while serving transient’s breakfast, she has three of her best friends propose. Gaby has decided to get married, but she hasn’t told which man is going to be the groom. She invites her kids to come and won’t even let them in on who she is going to marry. Gaby decides to get married on Christmas Day, surrounded by friends and especially her family.

The Grooms:

Tom Hayden is a former professional hockey player, turned farmer. Gaby says he’s the sweetest guy around.

Jacob Coleman is the rabbi at Am Shalom Temple. He also likes to help out and do community service.

Marty Summerhill, younger brother to Peter, Gaby’s first husband. He has been her best friend for many years.

James Patterson and Richard DiLallo did a wonderful job in writing The Christmas Wedding. I was hooked from the start and finished the book in a day. I did read the last few chapters to see who she ends up picking! I was glad I did, I felt like I was in on Gabby’s “secret” and was excited to see how it ended. Gaby has an amazing love for her family and the students she teaches.

Not only do you follow Gaby’s story in The Christmas Wedding, but you get to follow her children’s lives as well. Seeing how each child deals with their mother’s new marriage and their own personal struggles with their work, marriages, and health.

I really liked this book. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of swearing and the use of the f* word. There is also some drug use in this book as well. Because of those items in the book, I would not recommend this to everyone, but those who don’t mind those items. I hope you take the chance to read this book and find out who Gabby picks!

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: The Christmas Wedding

Author: James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 288

ISBN: 978-0316097390

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Computer Avoidance…

If you are a regular follower you may be wondering why the postings on Novel Reaction haven’t been as regular as usual. We all have weird quirks and I am about to admit one of mine. When I have large projects due (which is finals this last little while) then I convince myself I don’t have to feel guilty about not working on what I should be working on so long as I don’t turn my computer on. If I turn my computer on then I have to do my studying, work on my latest paper, or study for finals. Unfortunately this means that Novel Reaction is also ignored. But I am excited to report that all the papers and finals have been completed, my Christmas decorations are up and I can start focusing on the fun things online again. So do any of you have strange foibles similar to mine, they don’t make logical sense but you find yourself doing them anyways?

Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse Review

Paisley and Beau are called the “Wonder Twins”, having spent three days in the woods and surviving it when they were six years old. In Pretty Bad Things by C.J.Skuse they survived to find their father in jail for attempted robbery and their mother dead. Because Paisley can be such a handful, she gets sent to various girls homes and schools. Paisley loves her brother Beau and would do anything to keep him safe, especially from their horrible grandma. When Paisley gets kicked out of school again, she heads back to Beau and ends up talking him into a road trip to find their father, who is out of jail. Unfortunately, they get caught trying to leave their grandma’s house and she sets it on fire to get revenge. They head to Las Vegas, where their father sent his last letter to them. Paisley dreams up a way to get on TV. so that they can try to get in touch with their dad. In this plan of Paisley’s, she robs candy stores and doughnut shops, but doesn’t take their money, just the food and leaves them a sticker with “Wonder Twins” written on it.

Pretty Bad Things has quite a bit of swearing and use of the f* word. It has some sex scenes, one of which Paisley almost gets raped. I felt I would not be able to recommend this book to most of my friends because of its content. I liked the story, but felt the use of the f* word was not necessary. I did enjoy seeing that Beau winds up in a hospital in St. George, Utah, where I grew up. I loved how the story is told from both of the kids’ point of view and that the print changed and it said the name at the top so you knew who was doing the story telling.

 

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Title: Pretty Bad Things

Author: C.J. Skuse

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 256

ISBN: 978-0545289733

Publisher: The Chicken House

Release Date: July 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee