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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

Book One | Christmas Dreaming

Chapter 3

AS IT TURNED OUT, Claire didn't have time to wrap ice in a dishrag and apply it to her hurt cheek. She didn't even have time for a few well-deserved tears.

That's because the phone rang. One of her sisters about Mom? Lizzie, probably. Definitely not Emily calling from New York. Her lawyer sister was probably toiling away in her office, even on the weekend.

"Claire Donoghue?" the voice on the other end asked. Not Lizzie.

"Yes, but whatever you're selling, we don't need it. Sorry. I know you're just trying to make a living."

"This is Officer Louise Gastineau of the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Are you the mother of August Donoghue?"

Gus! Their fourteen-year-old was supposed to be in his bedroom, grounded for life after having been hauled in by the police for upending the portable potties left at the beach from the Halloween carnival.

"What happened? Is Gus hurt?" Claire asked.

"No," said the officer. "He's feeling just fine. In fact, he may be feeling too fine. He seems pretty stoned. So stoned that he's sleeping on the floor in the mall. Right outside the Hollister store. Near Target."

"What's going to happen to him?" Claire asked.

"Nothing much, if you can get down here and get him out of the mall. We didn't find any pot on him. Must have smoked every grain he had. He's just sleeping the sleep of the truly happy. Only he has an awful lot of Christmas shoppers stepping over and around him. Including one of his concerned teachers, who saw Gus and called us right away."

Claire thanked Officer Gastineau, who commiserated with her, adding that she had "three teenagers of my own." Then Claire called for the eleven-year-old twins, Toby and Gabrielle, to aid in the rescue mission. She couldn't help thinking of the classic phrase "Like father, like son." God, she hated that idea.

Claire didn't even bother telling Hank where she and the twins were headed. Just before she ripped out of the driveway, she looked up at the house and saw him at the window. He was inhaling from a substantial joint and finger-waving bye-bye to her.

She was definitely going to her mother's for Christmas, with or without Hank. To be honest, she couldn't wait to go home.

Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson

Christmas Wedding
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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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