The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
Gaby sends videos to her four children to keep in touch. This time the video tells them that she is getting married on Christmas Day. But she does not tell them who she will be marrying. There are three men that proposed to her: Marty, her dead husband's brother; Jacob, a rabbi and family friend; and Tom, Gaby's life long best friend. She wants the kids to come home for the wedding. Then we learn about each of the kids' struggles in their own lives. They all make it home for Christmas. But who will be the groom?
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.
Prologue | You're Invited, or Else
GABY'S FIRST VIDEO
ONLY TWENTY-FOUR DAYS until Christmas, and this Christmas is going to be one you won't forget.
Need proof? I think I can give you proof.
I want all four of you to take a good, long look at the screen and your mom.
Everybody watching? Emily? Claire? Seth? Lizzie? Emily? You see anything unusual or, well, kind of stunning?
Okay. Let me turn around for you...Turning...Turning again.
Yes. Your eyes tell the truth. I have lost twelve pounds and several ounces.
Stop, stop! No worries, no frets or fears. No neurotic theories about my health.
I'm not sick or anything like that. Maybe a little sick in the head. As always. Part of my charm.
I just gave up Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and the occasional beer before bedtime. And I banished mayonnaise—low-fat or otherwise—from the house. And white bread. Dunkin' Donuts for sure. It made me somewhat miserable...and hungry. But it also made me thinner. And, I must admit, happier. Yes, I'm happier than I've been in a long time.
I needed a big change. Everybody needs a change. If you don't change, you're stuck in a rut.
I know that people around here always say, "Oh, Gaby, you lead such an interesting life...You run that farm of yours pretty much by yourself. You write a food blog that isn't too egotistical or boring. You teach the local kids to read and write."
Oh, yes, I do...and I love it...but honestly, it just wasn't enough for me.
I was in a life rut that was only getting deeper. R-u-t. Put on boots and a loden coat the morning after a snowstorm and trudge to the henhouse to collect four eggs. Start adding nutritional facts to the recipes on the blog and people you never even met accuse you of being a nutrition Nazi.