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Review | Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright

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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.

Hott Review:

Merry and Bright is a great way to start your Christmas reading! It’s that time and I’m past ready to start. I’m so glad it started with this sweet little novel.

What I liked: I’ve never been a supporter of online dating but Merry and Bright makes a case that’s undeniable. I really loved how Merry and Jay became friends and really got to know each other – honestly – before meeting in person. Their work relationship was so different and so tense I felt terrible for them. I kept hoping they would see what lay underneath the surface stress.

I loved that this is a romance I can share with everyone. There is just a quick, non-descriptive kiss. No other steam or foul language at all.

What I didn’t like: I thought the end was a bit abrupt. Not bad just more quick than I prefer. Everything else was drawn out and I felt that their meeting and what happened after was too quick.


Author: Debbie Macomber
Source: I requested & borrowed this copy from NetGalley because I wanted to read and review it. There was no solicitation or request on their behalf.
Publisher & Date: Cornerstone Digital
Genre: Christmas Romance
ISBN: 1473544459 (ISBN13: 9781473544451)
Pages: 272
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA
Setting: Seattle, Washington


About Debbie Macomber:

Debbie MacomberDebbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2017, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include If Not for You (March), Any Dream Will Do (August), and Merry and Bright (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns The Grey House Café, which also features a gift shop and a Hallmark Gold Crown store inside. It is located in the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.

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