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Christmas Wedding
Fiction/General

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

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ISBN: 0446571768
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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

Book One | Christmas Dreaming

Chapter 5

EMILY

EMILY SUMMERHILL, Gaby's youngest and, in many ways, most complicated daughter, had this small, muffled voice inside her head, a voice that said over and over again, "Run, Emily, run."

It was private code for "Succeed, Emily, succeed."

Run, Emily, run.

So Emily got into Wellesley. Emily got a 3.94 GPA. Then Emily got into Columbia Law School.

Run, Emily, run.

And Emily made Columbia Law Review and published the forty-page article "Medicaid Fraud: The Conundrum That Defies All Former Legal Precedents." Alan Dershowitz sent her an e-mail calling it one of the best Review pieces he'd read in years.

Run, Emily, run.

And Emily became a senior associate at Dale, Hardy, Dunwoodie, a law firm responsible for defending major British oil companies against stringent American environmental regulations that weren't consistently or uniformly enforced.

Run, Emily, run.

And she was certain that this was the year she would be made partner. She was only twenty-nine years old. Partner before thirty was practically unheard of. But Emily felt she was perfectly capable of achieving the unheard-of.

So at precisely 5 a.m., she was on the 6 train hurtling down Lexington Avenue to the Financial District. At five thirty-five, fortified with only a no-foam skim latte, she was at her desk.

Oh, it was early, all right.

But when you worked at Dale, Hardy, one of the toughest law firms in New York, you had to play it tough and fierce yourself. As her first boss had told her, "If you don't play tough here, we won't just chew you up and spit you out. We'll chew you up and then we'll shit you out." And that was from one of the nicer bosses, a woman.

Emily took a gulp of her latte, then checked her BlackBerry for the e-mails she had missed during the subway ride downtown.

One in particular jumped out.

Emily, sweets,

I'm assuming your silence since my last video means you're swamped with work. So I assume that you're deliriously happy about my marriage news. I'll also assume that you and Bart will be coming up with sleigh bells on for Christmas. You wouldn't let your mom down and miss her wedding? See you and Dr. Bart on Christmas, when all will be revealed. I love you. Both of you!

Well, Mom was right about one thing: Emily was definitely swamped. The fact that she billed six hundred dollars per hour for that swamping made it feel more overwhelming, not less. In the next few days her team was trying to land a huge oil monopoly in Edinburgh. She was personally researching a British Petroleum violation of a New Mexican desert preserve. And, finally, she was appearing in the New York Court of Appeals in less than four hours for one of Dale, Hardy's rare pro bono cases.

She suddenly heard her mother's voice in her head reciting the Summerhill family motto: "Be a giver, not a taker." And the thing was, Emily believed in that philosophy. She just wasn't living it very well.

Emily clicked on the file labeled "Eduardo Lopez." Lopez was a forty-six-year-old father of four. He was accused of raping a woman in an elevator in the Sara Roosevelt housing project. He'd been convicted and had already served four years in prison. Now, even though there was new DNA evidence, supplied by the Innocence Project, that could probably exonerate him, the state prosecutors were fighting it. Why was that? Because it would embarrass the hell out of their department.

As for fighting? The attorney general's office had no idea...Wait until they met Emily Summerhill in court.

Run, Emily, run.

Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson

Christmas Wedding
Fiction/General
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ISBN: 1607884615
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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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