by Debbie Macomber

October 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2682-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books

It’s the time of the year when our thoughts are beginning to turn to the people we need a holiday gift for. This year the bookstore is full of wonderful choices, and for me the choice is very easy…The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber.

Cassie Beaumont is a successful, intelligent, thirtyish career woman. When one of her close friends sends her a Christmas card featuring her perfect family in front of their perfect tree wearing their perfectly matched outfits it reminds Cassie of the only thing truly missing from her life, her own perfect family. It doesn’t take long for us as readers to find out how badly Cassie wants the life depicted in the picture, and what she’s willing to pay for it.

When her friend Angie suggests she seek the assistance of a professional matchmaker Cassie hesitates, but in the end makes the appointment, and puts herself into the capable hands of Dr. Simon Dodson. However, the good doctor is rude, arrogant, and has ideas of how Cassie should prove herself worthy of meeting the man he believes to be a suitable, not perfect mate for her.

As Cassie follows through with each one of her tasks Simon is always there to observe, but never to be a cheerleader. However, their personal relationship develops, and could it be that they’re falling for each other?

The Perfect Christmas is not the most inspiring Christmas story you will read, nor is it the most commercial one you will probably read either. It is a simple story that is easy to follow and draws to a satisfying end.

The true Macomber fan on your list will enjoy getting this book to add to their collection, but for those who are simply looking for a good escape for a few hours to relax from frenzied holiday preparations I suggest borrowing from the library, because if my experience is anything to go by reading The Perfect Christmas won’t take more than a few hours.

Reviewed in September 2009 by Sandi.

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