Sweet Delight: Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Sweet Delight: Merry and Bright by Debbie MacomberMerry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Ballantine Books on October 3, 2017
Pages: 288
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.

The Delight

May your days be Merry and Bright… And may all your Christmases be white… Ah sigh, what a heartwarming and fun Christmas romance Merry and Bright turned out to be.  The You’ve Got Mail retelling was so adorably done that I have a feeling I’ll be pulling this one back out each year and making it a holiday tradition to read it.

Review

Merry and Bright is a quick, light contemporary office romance with a few twists.  One is that Merry gets signed up for the dating service by her hopeful mother and her younger brother with special needs because she takes so much upon herself and is missing out on life.  Jayson signs himself up because he’s looking for a reason to hope that there is something more out there than his parents’ multiple marriages and jerking him back and forth as a leverage between them while in the mean time, he’s pushing himself hard to impress a cold, dollars and cents type uncle.

They have a few kerscuffles at work and then meet a different version of each other on-line.  It was engaging to see how they both slowly come to know each other both off and on-line.  Then of course, there was the inevitable when one learns the truth about their on-line relationship and it gets interesting with what comes next.

I enjoyed both Merry and Jayson even though he starts out a tad Scroogish because he’s never gotten the chance to catch the Christmas spirit because of his bleak past.  He is mesmerized by Merry’s family and all they do for each other and others around them.  I just wanted to wrap him up in a hug while sharing cookies and cocoa.

The romance was a sweet one and stuck to an exchange of kisses at most, but it was adorable and spicy with the built in conflict of secrets and on-line identities.  I really wanted to see Jayson win over Merry.  He needed her so much, but she needs him as well.  She has given so much to help with her family’s health issues and financial hardships and she also doesn’t see her own worth like Jayson does.

So, this was a surgary holiday romance that was light and easy.  Perfect for a chance to step away from the holiday crazies to help get back in the mood.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #294 CR
New Release #174
Books N Tunes #47  Michael Buble’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh I always love a good christmas story like that!

  • I LOVED You’ve Got Mail, so this sounds exactly the type of romance I’d enjoy! I’m off to check it out. Maybe there’s an audio version? Either way, I want! Lovely review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • Oh hey! Glad it looks like it might be a hit. Yeah, the retelling aspect definitely was a huge draw for me, Rachel. 🙂

  • P.S. Love the snow and lights here on the blog! I’d have no clue how to do something like this. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The snow and lights are two different WordPress plugins I use each year. I tried a few different ones yesterday, but these won out. They do every year, lol.

      • I think you have a lot of fun features and options on WordPress! Maybe we’ll convert someday. 🙂

  • What a cute cover and it goes with the new Christmas lights on the blog. Very cute.

    • Ha! Yes, its very festive both the cover and the blog. It’s a festive story, too. 🙂 Thanks, Mary!

  • Ah such coziness by the sounds of this one. I’ll keep it in mind.

    • Definitely a curl up and get cozy one, Velvet. 🙂

  • This is one of my 25 days of Christmas romances so I was excitedh to see you’d read it (I haven’t yet). It sounds like this is the perfect book to curl up with one afternoon. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • Oh cool, Evie! I love that you’re doing the event. I’m always on the prowl for holiday books to add to my list.

      It was such a cuddling up one and great to get one in the mood. Hope you like it when you get the chance.

  • Yes, her holiday books are sugary. I always enjoy them 🙂

    • This was my first, but won’t be the last. I noticed the other day that my library carries a few others of her holiday romances.

  • I haven’t read too many Macomber books but this sound like a really sweet read.

    • This was my first one. I’ve been meaning to try her books for ages. Now I definitely want to pick up a few more. 🙂

  • RO

    Really enjoy Michael Buble and your Christmas lights. Debbie Macomber’s Christmas stories are always so endearing, and retelling You’ve Got Mail sounds so fun. Hugs…RO

    • Ahhh, thanks, Ro! We’re really setting the mood around here.

      The You’ve Got Mail theme was a big hit with me.

  • RO

    Many of her stories end up on The Hallmark Channel, too. Hugs…

    • I’ve watched so many Hallmarks. I probably have watched one of hers and didn’t make the connection. And there may be more I can watch… thanks for pointing that out, Radiant Ro!

  • I used to read pretty much all her books. This one sounds like one I could get back on board with. I loved You Got Mail so much. Glad you enjoyed it! You should try her Blossom Street books or her Cedar Cove books if you haven’t already.

    • Thanks a bunch, Lorna. This was my first time trying her books so I appreciate the recommendations. Hope you get the chance with this one. It’s a cutie!

  • That cover makes it already looks like a great Christmas read and gauging from your review the book certainly delivered. That sounds interesting they get to meet each other both online and offline. It sounds like a great holiday romance :). This is definitely a great time of the year for those.

    • Yes, its definitely one of those warm and fuzzy Christmas covers. It was neat how they thought they were meeting two different people between real life and on-line and how it really shocked them when they discovered the truth.