Best known for his Alex Cross novels, James Patterson has a softer side too (Remember Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas?). He explores it further on October 17 with The Christmas Wedding (Little, Brown). Memo to parents who're having trouble getting their kids to come home for the holidays: take a page from Patterson's heroine, a widow with plans to remarry who won't reveal the name of her husband-to-be to her children until they  show up for the Christmas day wedding.

Patterson fans: do you like it when he takes a break from murder? Or are there fans of Diary that don't read the Alex Cross or Women's Murder Club novels?


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