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Christmas Wedding
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 031609739X
$25.99/U.S.
304 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446571768
$14.00/U.S.
288 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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.

Christmas Wedding
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 031609739X
$25.99/U.S.
304 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446571768
$14.00/U.S.
288 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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.

Teach English, or at least try to make the kids love reading. I know this is going to come as a bit of a shock, but most teenagers think that Great Expectations—to use a phrase—"blows," but that any book with a vampire in it is brilliant. Especially if the vampire is darkly handsome and promises eternal love with every bite. Great Expectations does kind of blow, by the way.

So anyway, I promise you, I'm not going through the dreaded midlife crisis. I'm not even at my midlife.

And, hey, the first one of you who makes a crack about my being way past midlife gets tossed out of the will. I'm serious, kiddies.

I do need some excitement, though. I think the wildest thing I've done in the last three years is to ask your kids to call me by my first name. I disliked being called Grandma. Made me itchy all over.

Back to the subject...I've lost twelve pounds.

After all...

I want to be able to fit into my wedding gown.

Anyone who's fainted should please get up off the floor. And don't start telephoning one another until this video is over.

Teach English, or at least try to make the kids love reading. I know this is going to come as a bit of a shock, but most teenagers think that Great Expectations—to use a phrase—"blows," but that any book with a vampire in it is brilliant. Especially if the vampire is darkly handsome and promises eternal love with every bite. Great Expectations does kind of blow, by the way.

So anyway, I promise you, I'm not going through the dreaded midlife crisis. I'm not even at my midlife.

And, hey, the first one of you who makes a crack about my being way past midlife gets tossed out of the will. I'm serious, kiddies.

I do need some excitement, though. I think the wildest thing I've done in the last three years is to ask your kids to call me by my first name. I disliked being called Grandma. Made me itchy all over.

Back to the subject...I've lost twelve pounds.

After all...

I want to be able to fit into my wedding gown.

Anyone who's fainted should please get up off the floor. And don't start telephoning one another until this video is over.

Yes, you heard right. I said wedding gown. As in wedding. As in bride. As in wedding in our barn.

You're looking at the bride right now, and she's actually smiling. She's happy. Very much so. You know I don't complain, but there was a long, dark time after your father died and I'm finally out of that black hole.

You're probably wondering who the lucky groom is. Well, as you used to say when you were just little brats, that's for me to know and you to find out.

Everybody is coming home to Stockbridge for Christmas. Claire, Emily, Seth, and Lizzie. You and your children, your spouses, your lovers, dogs, cats, whoever and whatever. We haven't been together as a family since your dad died.

So it's Christmas in Stockbridge.

Then you'll find out who the lucky man is. Till then. I love you. And I'm so happy I almost can't believe it.

See you at Christmas...when all will be revealed.

Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson

Christmas Wedding
Fiction/General
Audiobook (Unabridged CD)
ISBN: 1607884615
$34.98/U.S.
Hachette Audio

Read by Susan McInerney, Kathleen McInerney, Ax Norman, Allyson Johnson, and Eileen Stevens

Susan McInerney is an audio book narrator of fiction and non-fiction—over 160 titles. She brings her experience in theatre, television, and radio to the recording booth.

Kathleen McInerney is an Audie award winning narrator. She has performed in New York City and around the U.S. in both classical and contemporary theater. Her other credits include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.

With nearly 20 years of voiceover experience, Ax Norman has voiced every conceivable type of voiceover. Ax has voiced over 60 audio books including I Drive a Dump Truck, Art Through the Ages, and Field Trip Mysteries.

Allyson Johnson began her entertainment career in her hometown of Chicago as an Emmy Award winning child news anchor. A graduate of Brown University, she is a working actress, singer, and audio book narrator in the New York City metropolitan area.

Eileen Stevens is a voice over actress living and working in NYC. Her voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, English as a Second Language programs, and audio books. She currently is the voice of "Iris" on "Pokemon" and a frequent narrator at Audible.com, among others. She’s directed audio books for Random House and was producer/director at Full House Productions, a recording studio in NYC, for over 6 years. She’s also a graduate student in speech language pathology at Hunter College.

Christmas Wedding
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 031609739X
$25.99/U.S.
304 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446571768
$14.00/U.S.
288 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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