Review: The Christmas Wedding

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
Genre: Romance
ISBN: 9780316097390
Published: October 17th 2011 by Little, Brown & Company

Rating: 3, DNF

I hate giving a rating like this to James Patterson's novel. But I've sworn to be honest in my reviews, so here's my honest blunt non-sugar-coated opinion: It was silly.

The plot is silly and corny. Really? A middle-aged woman has three men propose within a few days, and then she schemes to get all her family to visit her by not telling them who it she's decided to marry? When would that ever actually happen? It couldn't be pulled off. And she says she loves all three of them, but if she did, why would she put them through that? Not only would it be stressful, but it would be humiliating for the men who weren't chosen. Is she really that cruel? On top of that, the tone was over-sappy, and the whole thing read like a bad soap opera.

Yet I couldn't stop reading it because I wanted to know what happens. So when I did finally give up, I skipped to the end. Wouldn't you know it, I didn't like her choice.

I do like the characters. They're all distinct and interesting, which is one of Patterson's strengths. The sub-plots were well done, but I actually found myself caring more about the sub-plots than the actual plot of the story.

James Patterson is a fantastic crime/thriller/suspense writer, and Sundays at Tiffany's was pretty great, but Romance is just not his best genre. And I love his books, so I hate writing a not-so-great review, but I find myself rolling my eyes at the characters and saying "Really? Seriously?"

Content: some language. I only read half of the book, so I don't know about sexual content.

Recommendation: This would be a nice book if you had an afternoon at the library with nothing to do but read and sip coffee. And if you didn't have anything else to read.

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