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Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber Book Review


It's Christmas, the season to be snowed under. Merry Smith is overworked. Between family responsibilities, preparing for Christmas, and staying out of the crosshairs of her boss there's room for little else. Her social life is the last thing on her mind, much less finding love.

Jayson Bright is feeling the pressure. Christmas is his most stressful time of year. Deadlines are looming, the holidays are coming, and employees are winding down. He's the one left in the office pulling late and lonely nights. Luckily for these two, their friends and family take matters into their own hands, and Merry and Bright are about to discover that love can be found where you least expect it . . .

This is my first Debbie Macomber book and I only bought this because of a book club I'm a part of, otherwise, I don't think I'd have picked this up. In fact, I thought my first Christmas read of the year would have been from either Carole Matthews or Milly Johnson, but I decided to give this a go because it's the first book I've read that was a book club pick and because I was fancying something festive (I know, it's October blah blah blah).

This was very cutesy, fluffy read. Like ULTRA lovey-dovey, and that's not something I'm overly into. Obviously, this is a book from the chicklit genre so an exaggerated level of romance is to be expected, but this was just a little ***too much*** for my personal liking.

Even the play-on-words of their names (Merry Smith and Jason Bright... Merry & Bright... getit?) is a little too much for me to swallow. One aspect of the book I just couldn't click with, was how Jason had "feelings" for a woman he had only chatted to online after two weeks (seriously) and the same for Merry. Then, after a somewhat bumpy working relationship, Jason and Merry start getting along in real life (he doesn't know Merry is the one he's been chatting to all along) and then he starts to develop an attraction to her for some unknown reason he can't put his finger on - it's all just too convenient and all too easy.

However, I think the main issue lies with the lack of Christmas spirt in this book. Apart from a Christmas party at the very end of the book and the mention of baking Christmas cookies a few times, this book could have been set at any point during the year. This was my first festive read of the year and it wasn't really, well, festive. There's no snow, no Christmas tress, no mince pies, no jingle bells... no festive cheer whatsoever.

I did, however, really love the relationship between Merry and her bother, Patrick, who has down syndrome. I liked how Merry knew the telltale signs that he was fibbing and I liked how Patrick just wanted his sister to be happy and find someone.

Overall, though, this book just didn't quite cut it for me. There wasn't enough storyline, even less festiveness, and it was all just too easy.

Verdict: ★★★

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