Christmas is in the air, and along with the smells of gingerbread, pine, and holly, there also seems to be something else… a feeling of…
Gaby Summerhill is filled with a sense of something big is about to happen and through a series of videos to her grown children, 54-year-old Gaby shares a special message:
She is getting married.
Yes, Gaby, widowed for three years now, is asking all her children to come back home to where they had all their family memories and join her as she marries….
well.. that’s the fun isn’t it?
Three men have asked for Gaby’s hand and she is thrilled with the asking, but nobody, including the groom himself knows who will be Gaby’s husband until the wedding on Christmas.
Gaby feels that by generating this excitement it will create an atmosphere worthy of coming home too, and that is what she wants most of all… her grown children, busy with their own lives and the chaos within, have grown apart from what Gaby knew was once a tight knit family. Perhaps they will come to be together for Christmas… for a wedding…
Hmph. Every December our book club (yay Bookies!) chose a Christmas style read for our December gathering. In past posts I have mentioned that I find these books almost impossible as they are usually too light and perfectly (gag me) fluffy to get a real good read out of them.
I really thought we were going to be safe with Patterson.
Personally, I liked Gaby’s grown kids… each dip we had into their lives made me wanting to know more, Claire and her abusive drug addicted husband and troubled teen son Gus, Emily the lawyer go getter who runs from one project to another and has an adoring handsome doctor husband, Lizzie who’s husband Mike is a sweetheart who also has cancer, and son Seth who is a writer and lives his wonderful girlfriend Andie. Each of their stories could have been a book in itself…
But no, the story was about Gaby who had three men on the hook and thought it to be fabulous. My thoughts and the thoughts of the majority of the Bookies was what a selfish woman. Gaby was a little too self-centered for my liking. While the book was meant to be a sweet Christmas read of family coming home, I never got the sense that coming home was hard on anyone. There was no conflict between the siblings or Gaby that made the pull of the mystery wedding a necessity. I got the feeling that they would have come home for Gaby’s if she was mailing the mailman while standing in the front yard (and seriously, I am surprised he also was not a contender…. 😛
Over all the book read like a rush. It felt hurried and pieced together, a dabble into this life, a dabble into that. In the end, while I have to admit it was a lot better than some of our Christmas reads we have had in the past, it was not a book I would recommend to others.
*To give you my true feelings… I actually went to Wal-Mart looking for a pinata that could represent Gaby… I thought it would be fun to smack “her” with a stick. Lucky for her, I could not find one that fit the character – however I do reserve to hold on to the pinata plan for a future read. 😛
Overall the Bookies rated this on a scale of 1 -5, a 2.8. Most of the ratings were low but a couple hit middle 3’s and we agreed that as a Christmas read – we have read a lot worse.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include The Christmas Wedding
I purchased this book from Amazon.com