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Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright, October 2017
by Debbie Macomber

Ballantine Books
Featuring: Merry Knight
272 pages
ISBN: 0399181229
EAN: 9780399181221
Kindle: B01N6OUZID
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A charming Christmas romance with a unique twist!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Merry and Bright
Debbie Macomber

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted October 2, 2017

Romance Holiday | Holiday

Merry Knight is working as a temp in a downtown Seattle office so she can earn enough money to finish her last year of college. She works long hours and then takes care of her family. Her mom has Multiple Sclerosis, and Merry has an eighteen-year-old brother with Downs Syndrome. Her dad is away a lot with his job. Merry has no social life. Her mom and brother come up with the idea of signing her up on an online dating website as an early birthday present. They use a picture of their golden retriever, Bogie, rather than Merry's picture. Merry is not sure this is something she wants to do. But when she begins getting "winks" she becomes interested in at least one of them.

Jayson Bright is climbing the corporate ladder and working long hours to do it. When his cousin Cooper comes to visit and ask him to be his best man in his wedding, Jayson learns that Cooper hooked up with his bride-to-be on the same website where Merry is now a member. Jayson signs himself up and uses a picture of his childhood dog, also a golden retriever. He's intrigued by Merry's "dog" picture and gives her a wink. She responds, and they begin corresponding for several weeks. When the time comes to finally meet each other, what a surprise Merry gets when she walks into the coffee shop and sees Jayson. She immediately retreats and goes back home. Will this relationship ever work?

Debbie Macomber brings us another endearing Christmas story with MERRY AND BRIGHT. Of course, her characters have festive names, and it wouldn't be complete without a dog in the story. Ms. Macomber delights us with all the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas as she tells Merry and Jayson's story. Merry and Jayson come from completely different family backgrounds, yet each is searching for the same things in life. She shares many of the heartwarming endeavors that make Christmastime so special. She vividly describes Seattle like a winter wonderland fairytale. The storyline takes several unexpected detours, so you never know exactly how it will all come together in the end. This quick read would be a great stocking stuffer for someone who enjoys a good Christmas love story.

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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.

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