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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Synopsis from Goodreads:


For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What's left? A professional matchmaker. He's Simon Dodson, and he's very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she's astonished when he accepts her as a client.

Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa's elf at a children's party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all --- and she's finally ready to meet her match.

But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!

From My Perspective:

On this 19th day of Christmas, I'm sharing my review of Debbie Macomber's The Perfect Christmas .
We all have an opinion of what perfection is and it means a variety of things.   Some of us have lived long enough to doubt that there is such a thing as the "perfect" anything.   That would be me.   For me, a screw up at least makes the attempt at perfection memorable!

Cassie Beaumont is  an idealistic woman looking for the perfect life, which includes a husband and children and glossy family pictures sent out to friends at Christmas time.  And she's willing to pay a match-maker to find her perfect match.  She is desperate and has very high standards.    Although the professional match maker is irritating in no uncertain terms, she is willing to place her trust and her thirty thousand dollar payment in his hands.   Thankfully, I don't know anyone who has paid that kind of money for a "perfect match."   That is just not in my realm of believable.   

That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book.   I very much did.   Cassie had a brother and a best friend, both of whom added to the story.   She had "odd" neighbors, who she had not gotten to know, although they shared the building for thee years.   These characters were all very well developed and a served their purposes accordingly.   Although I found the premise of the book a bit of a reach, I enjoyed Cassie's humorous happenings as she attempted to fulfill the three tasks her professional assigned her.

Cassie, the main character, even learned a lot through her three tasks.  In the end, she was not so desperate as she had previously thought.   She made a decision and was willing to stick by it, realizing she could do just that.   Her heart had its own mind, as all hearts do.

Macomber's writing is thoughtful, fun, and relaxing.   I enjoy a good read where you can place yourself in the book and not have to solve the problems of the world....just the ones, the main character faces.   For an almost perfect Christmas read, try The Perfect Christmas on for size.   It is sweet and romantic and fun!
4.5 Winks, friends!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  

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