The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

December 16, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): 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!

Warning: Spoilers below!

Liked:

  • I thought Cassie was a fairly likable protagonist. She wasn’t completely annoying or anything like that, and she wasn’t presented as Little Ms. Perfect, either. She had her faults and flaws, which served to make her more human.
  • Macomber pretty much got right down to the action. This was a short book, so there wasn’t much time for subplots and tangents. Nearly every scene was productive and had some kind of impact on the outcome.
  • The minor characters were decent. Usually, the best friend comes off as desperate or annoying, but I liked Angie. Ditto for the brother. It seems that nearly every romance book includes someone who is completely jaded when it comes to love, but the characters here were upbeat and positive without being unrealistically so.

Disliked:

  • Who in their right mind would spend $30,000 on a matchmaker??? I guess Macomber selected that price to show readers that the stakes for Cassie were high, but all I could think of whenever Simon’s fee was mentioned was, “Think of all the other things you could do with that money!!!”
  • The moment Cassie met Simon, I knew Macomber intended the two of them to get together. The author spent far too much time describing his appearance for it to be otherwise.
  • I saw the Angie and Sean thing coming from a mile away, too. Oh, well, it’s not like I read these kinds of books for the suspense, right?

Rating:

The Perfect Christmas was my first Debbie Macomber book, and while I wasn’t exactly blown away, I did enjoy it to the extent that I’d be open to reading more of her work. This book had fun characters and a great atmosphere, and even made me laugh out loud a few times. It was kind of standard fare for the genre, so I give it 3 stars out of 5.

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