Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780399181221
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 20 cm

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Patricia_T
Dec 26, 2020

An easy read but not one of the best books by this author.

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iloveseaotters
Dec 21, 2020

It's hard to know how to start this review because this book is REALLY bad. Think of the worst Hallmark Christmas movie you've ever seen and that would be this book. Speaking as someone who LOVES most Hallmark Christmas movies, that's saying a lot.
I've read a lot of Debbie Macomber's books in the past. Some were good and some I couldn't get into, but none of them are this bad.
I'll start with the title. It's cute and all, but as soon as I discovered the "meaning" behind it (Merry is the main character and her boss' last name is Bright) I was rolling my eyes. As I read on (still rolling my eyes), I was surprised at how badly it is written. It's like a bad YA book, geared more toward pre-teens (writing wise) in very simplistic words. The storyline, of course is intended for adults but I hated it.
Yes, it's a knockoff of "You've Got Mail" but a very, very bad one. "YGM" is one of my all time favorite movies and this has absolutely none of the charm. I'll spare you the details as I'm sure others have reiterated the storyline in their review. However, I do feel the need to mention some spoilers:
First of all, Merry is the main character and works as a temp for Jayson Bright. How she managed to get a temp job that lasted A YEAR is beyond me-and beyond ridiculous. Her boss basically clashes with her daily and thinks her name is Mary, because that's what her name plate says.
Both he and Merry end up online and find each other through a dating site. However, he doesn't know that Mary and Merry are one and the same. I mean, really? They couldn't come up with a different name? After a while, my head was spinning trying to remember which Mary/Merry was which. And then there the stupid things he says to his cousin like "I'm in love with Merry online but in love with Mary at the office". Over the phone, this makes NO sense.
The worst line I've ever read in a so-called romance novel has to be when Merry and Jayson are online. Jason says "You're the one who has talons in my heart." OMG, that is disgusting! I mean, just the image that it conjures up makes me cringe.
I originally planned to read to page 100 and then add it to my DNF list. But I admit that I was intrigued so I kept on reading. Had it been closer to 300 pages, I wouldn't have finished. And frankly reading the last 50 pages was painful enough.
It might be a long time before I read anymore Debbie Macomber books but I hope that I never read something this bad from her again. While I was reading, I couldn't help "rewriting it in my head" hoping for a better story.

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RustyReader9
Nov 14, 2019

I enjoyed this quick Holiday read, and I will tell you once you start ,you will not want to put it down!

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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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