Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Merry Smith 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.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780399181221
0399181229
Branch Call Number: F MAC NVD
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 20 cm

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy Christmas rom-coms. :) (I know this is not everyone's genre!)

Merry Knight is working a temp job, (for an awful boss), and taking care of her family (her mother has MS and her younger brother is Autistic) all while saving for her final year in college. Her family has had a hard time making ends meet, and getting daily chores done. Because Merry is so selfless, her mother and brother sign her up for an online Matchmaking site called Mix & Mingle. They don't use her real name, and use a picture of their dog, just in case she's mad. Soon after Merry gets a "wink" from a match who also has a dog as a profile picture. When she finds out that her match is actually her boss, a total jerk, she doesn't know how to proceed. Holiday hi-jinx and shenanigans ensue.

I am a sucker for Christmas rom coms. I can't help it. I'm trash for Hallmark channel in the winter, and I love reading these books. I've been disappointed by the last few that I had read by this author... but finally I felt like this one was back to what I expected. I thought that this was cute, predictable, romantic, and heartwarming. Just the type of book I need when the world is hurting so much. I loved the family aspect of this one. I loved that Merry was so close with her parents and brother. I love that those relationships were featured heavily in the book as well. If you're looking for a happy Holiday read, I definitely recommend this one. :)

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pktab
Jan 16, 2018

This is a typical Debbie Macomber book - a nice, easy read to rest from the "heavier" books.

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lcraig368
Jan 10, 2018

Fluffy quick read. Perfect for the holidays.

samdog123 Dec 04, 2017

Saccharine story line and a predictable play on the title of the book. Read it in one sitting. As a previous reviewer said, fans of Macomber will enjoy this story.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Nov 27, 2017

Sappy. Quick read. Debbie Macomber fans will like it.

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hezzie14
Nov 13, 2017

My favourite of all of her books so far! I usually find that I frustrate during the reading of her books at the characters for being so poor with communication, but then realize, there would be no story if it worked my way. Merry and Bright was a refreshing change from finding myself in that frustrated state. A good, easy read with a different story line from what we have come to expect. Loved her characters in this story!

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lilyofthevalley3
Nov 01, 2017

Awww, sweet story. Enjoyed it! Love Debbie Macomber.

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thebritlass
Oct 21, 2017

Mom is aghast because daughter is 24 and not married and thus signs her up for dating service. Seriously??? I thought this was 2017, not 1917.

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Grandmaof2girls
Oct 14, 2017

Such a good book kept me reading and reading and finished it in an evening. Has the twelve days of Christmas intro in the back of the book and that was from 2016 so now I have ordered that book so I can continue to read that one. Debbie Macomber is my favourite author and I absolutely love all her books.

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ayh
Oct 06, 2017

"Christmas is a condition of the heart...It's being open and sincere, generous and kind to those with less, or showing our love to those we cherish." by Debbie Macomber in her book, Merry and Bright, pg. 158.

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