By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
dusty gem from the bookshelf
This is a little confection of a book about Gaby, the mother of four, widowed three years before. She has been asked for her hand in marriage by three of her best guy friends and has decided to gather her children and friends and potential husbands to her wedding on Christmas Day. She won’t tell anyone who she has picked, even the grooms.
So, it was cute. Each of her kids have conflict that is either resolved or somewhat resolved by the help of Gaby or luck. So you get a bit involved with the characters and their lives. But it is a really short book, so I had a hard time remembering who was who and didn’t feel super connected to anyone. They were interesting and it was a cute, sweet family dynamic. But something was missing, more information or depth I think.
Also, I was enjoying the main storyline for a while, but once she picks her guy at the altar I felt like I was watching the Bachelor or something. I don’t go for those reality TV shows, and don’t like to watch who picks who, so I just wasn’t into that aspect. I didn’t know the guy characters that well, so I wasn’t rooting for anyone really and with all the build-up, I felt almost let down once the choice was made. I think I am a weirdo or something.
But it was fun, quick and adorable at times, with some difficult issues being dealt with. No one has an easy life, but they deal with what they are handed with aplomb, but the touches are light so it doesn’t bring you down. Some grandkids are whipped into shape, happy and sad things happen and some of the characters are quirky and enjoyable.
Anyway, if you are looking for something quick and sweet, a little sappy with a large family making it work, check it out. 3 stars.
On another note – What am I doing reading Christmas stuff already!? I think I am just so excited for fall that I jumped right into winter. I still have an RIP book to read and review before October is over…gotta get on that.