Merry And Bright by Debbie Macomber | Book Review

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Merry And Bright by Debbie Macomber | Book ReviewMerry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Also by this author: Mr Miracle
Published by Random House Publishing Group on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Holidays
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780399181238

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Christmas is the season of the heart, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances.

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

Merry And Bright by Debbie Macomber  for SURE is a fun Christmas read. Sure, it’s a little bit cheesy. It’s a little bit on the gentle/innocent side. I actually really liked it though. It had all of the elements that I come to expect and look forward to in a holiday romance except for adult times. However, given the target audience, I expected that. I think the target audience is probably older Christian ladies. Nothing wrong with that, but there are absolutely no racy scenes.

Debbie Macomber’s Merry And Bright follows two main characters – Jayson Bright and Merry Knight. Merry is a temp helping out with data entry at this Seattle company that Jayson is on track to basically become in charge of. There is this giant contract that needs to be fulfilled by the end of the year, so they are super busy. Merry lives at home with her parents and her special needs brother, Patrick. They also have this golden retriever dog.

Anyways, Patrick and Merry’s mother think she needs a man in her life so they sign her up for a dating website and use the dog’s picture as her profile picture. Jayson meanwhile is way too busy to find a woman. His best friend though shows up to tell him that he is getting married to a girl they went to school with after they reconnected on the dating site. Jayson ends up getting on there and finds himself drawn to the profile with the dog picture. Jayson and Merry begin to connect and chat. Neither one knows that they work together in real life.

Obviously we all know how this book, Merry And Bright is going to play out. I AM HERE FOR IT though. Merry and Jayson are both pretty likeable in their own way. I think Merry is just a little bit more likeable. Jayson is kind of a jerk at first, but there’s reasons for it. And well, this book is a super quick adorable sort of read.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does This Book Have?

Okay so there are presents and dating and Christmas parties! And well you can feel this palpable pressure and time crunch leading up to the deadline but also Christmas. It’s not decorating Gimble’s over the top, but it’s there. I’d give this a Christmas obsessed stamp of approval for sure.

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  1. Thanks so much for linking my review! I’ve never met a Debbie Macomber book I didn’t fall in love with!

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