by Debbie Macomber
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.
First up this season for me is Debbie Macomber's Merry and Bright which is a very short book - it may even be a novella? Not sure. It isn't stated as being one. Either way, it is a short and adorable read. It's about Merry Knight and her boss, Jayson Bright (see what the author did there?), and their journey to meeting each other after having met online. IRL, Merry and Jayson are seemingly quite opposites and keep bumping into each other in less than positive ways. Online, however, these two click right away.
So, I did indeed find this book to be just adorable. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies, You've Got Mail. The movie is even mentioned in the book lol Merry was a likeable, logical, and sweet character, and Jayson was in most ways your average rich guy in a romance novel. He did have his sweet moments - sometimes too sweet that it seemed out of character? I'll let you be the judge of that. I think the things I didn't like (the too-fast pace, the hurry to understand, and the missing pieces of their attraction) would be fixed by having the book be a little longer. It still gave me the warm fuzzies though, and it had me pulling for them all the way until the end.
If you're looking for a quick read, definitely think about checking this one out - maybe from the library.