on November 16th 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.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
The name Debbie Macomber has become synonymous with joyous Christmas stories, and MERRY AND BRIGHT is no exception. It is a charming story of two lonely people who meet through an internet dating site and become fast friends online. The question is whether their relationship can withstand the shock that’s coming when they meet each other in person.
In my opinion, Ms. Macomber’s strength is always in her lovable characters and, like in her other books, the characters in MERRY AND BRIGHT will draw you in from the first page. Merry Knight is single and working at a temporary job. She is good natured and surrounded by people who love her, including a special needs brother, a very interesting character on his own. Jay Bright, Merry’s boss, is just the opposite. He’s lonely and definitely a scrooge when it comes to all things Christmas. He’s hard to like at first but he gradually grows on you.
The plot is predictable but who cares? Ms. Macomber has a way of making everything seem fresh and new. There are twists and turns to hold your interest, and the conclusion, when it comes, is emotional and satisfying.
This is a great holiday read for everyone. A wonderful story told without graphic sex or violence. All of the Christmas cheer is icing on the cake. Another Hallmark movie perhaps? Enjoy!
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.