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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.
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Book One | Christmas Dreaming
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Most senior offices at the law firm of Dale, Hardy had few or no personal mementos on display—no photos of adorable children or attractive spouses, no tennis trophies, golfing plaques, or crazy-crayoned drawings with "I Love You, Daddy" on them. Nothing communicated the fact that these people had private lives, probably because they didn't.
Cliff Church did things a little differently. On his desk was a large mahogany-framed photo of a stunning blond wife and three equally photogenic blond sons. Cliff also had framed photographs of himself salmon fishing in Vancouver, fly-fishing in Idaho, surf fishing in Bali.
There was no image of him posing with a United States president, but there was a photo of Cliff and his wife at a restaurant table in Los Angeles with Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal. Cliff was smiling with satisfaction. The other three were roaring with laughter. What a hilarious joke Cliff must have told.
"Listen, I don't mean to knock your pro bono shit," Cliff was saying. "It's great PR and terrific chicken soup for the soul. But you and I should be reading every fucking thing about those Jap automakers we're having dinner with tonight."
Emily sank farther down into the ridiculously soft cushions on Cliff's sofa. She was pretty sure that Cliff had selected those cushions because they gave him the chance to study the legs of every woman who sat there, including herself.
Emily responded with unconcealed irritation. "I have already read every fucking thing about those...those gentlemen from Nissan we're having dinner with tonight. And I've read it all three times."
"Then I guess we'll be in fine shape," Cliff said. His smile was seductive. "Oh, and don't worry. I won't use words like 'Japs' or 'fucking' tonight. As you know, I can turn my political-correctness button on in a second."
"Yes," she said. "I know you can do that. You went to Andover and Harvard."
"I'll swing by your place about seven. It'll give us plenty of time to get to the restaurant. Did your gal make a rez at Momofuku like I suggested?" Cliff asked.
"No. I thought about it, and I figured we shouldn't try to out-Japanese the Japanese. We're going to Smith and Wollensky—oysters, thick steaks, and plenty of scotch."
"You are one smart lady," he said. "All wise-guy cynicism aside, I mean that, Em."
"Yes, I am," Emily said, anxious to get out of Cliff's office.
She was angry about two things. First, Cliff's sexist attitude. And second, the fact that she found him attractive. Gaby would have been so, so disappointed.
Which reminded her—what kind of man had won Gaby's heart?
Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson
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