Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advent Reads Day 5: Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber

Welcome to Advent Reads!
This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now.  Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley

Synopsis: "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."

My Review: I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have become obsessed with Debbie Macomber's Christmas books over the past few years and have kept up with reading each of her new releases. While this book, as with many of her Christmas books of years past, tend to be predictable and follow along common tropes, they always have that warm fuzzy holiday feeling that I look for. I adored the characters in this book, especially Merry's family with all their loving and yet meddling ways. There were so many elements to love in this story and great messages about taking time out of your schedule to enjoy the true meaning of the holiday, about not judging people by their looks or even their attitudes as there is often more behind the facade. Simply a sweet romance that you can invest yourself into for a few hours during the holiday season.

My Rating: When I read holiday books this is really what I am looking for, a book that flows and flies, a book that gives me warm fuzzy feels at the end and one that is full of holiday celebrations.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one and give it a rating of Four Paws.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You can find out more about Debbie Macomber and her works, especially her holiday releases, on her Goodreads Page or Website.

Merry & Bright was just released in October for this holiday season, you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or your local independent bookseller!

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