Review of Merry and Bright

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Books on Tape Pages: 224
on October 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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.

Also by this author: 204 Rosewood Lane, Blossom Street Brides, Twelve Days of Christmas

First Line

“Mom, I need to work overtime, so I won’t be home to help with dinner.”

Here is what I thought

I am a sucker for a good Debbie Macomber holiday read and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s sweet and full of laughable moments and should be on everyone’s holiday radar.

Merry Bright is working at a temp job so that she can save up money to pay for her last year of college. She is working for a bit of a scrooge named Jayson Bright. He has a deadline to get a project done before Christmas and demands everyone work a lot of overtime.

Neither have time to date. One day Merry comes home and her brother Patrick, who has down syndrome, is so excited she is home. He tells her how their mother and him set her up on Mix and Mingle for an early birthday present. He is so excited she can’t really get mad but she is not real happy. Though she is not sure she likes that they set her profile up with a dog for a profile pic.

Cooper, who is Jayson’s best friend and cousin stops by for a visit and tells Jayson how he has met the one and she ended up being someone they both new from childhood and he met her on Mix and Mingle. He caves and checks out Mix and Mingle and sees a picture of a dog, intrigued he sets up his own profile with a picture of a dog as well.

Things start of great but then thing something happens and it’s not so great and well you just need to read it. I really liked Merry, she is a sweet and thoughtful young woman who loves her family a lot. I liked Jayson too though it takes a bit longer to warm up to him as he does come off as bit of a scrooge but he had a totally different upbringing. I think Patrick, Merry’s brother, was my favorite as he was just so cute!

This is not a unique concept and it has a You Got Mail feel to it for sure but it’s still cute and was a lot of fun to read so if you’re looking for something light and fluffy and full of Christmas this is for you! 🙂

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