Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber. Random House Publishing-Ballantine. Copy from Netgalley. Available Oct. 3, 2017.
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.
Merry has a temp job for a company trying to bring in a Boeing report by Christmas. Overtime is mandatory and the boss seems to be a scrooge. When she has one too many run-ins with him, she decides she dislikes him. Meanwhile, at home, her mother and brother sign her up for a dating website, Mix and Mingle. They don’t put a picture of her, but of their dog. She doubts anyone will be interested. However, after hearing about his cousin’s recent engagement, Jayson Bright decides to look up the dating site he met his fiancé on. He sees Merry’s profile and responds. They strike up a friendship immediately that turns to something more despite their not seeing a picture of each other.
Merry or as the HR department has misspelled her name, Mary, continues to collide with her boss not realizing he is the Jaye she talks to online. When they are supposed to meet for their first date, Merry realizes what a mistake it is and doesn’t show. Can these two find it in themselves to give love and each other a shot?
I LOVED this book! It is everything a Debbie Macomber novel should be! Funny, charming, and a big dash of Christmas spirit. The characters are interesting. At first, you think Mary’s online dating name is just what her mom and brother chose for her. As the boss, Jayson Bright is the strict boss you hate to butt heads with but as you get to know him, you see there is something more. Neither suspects the other is something more until the first time their supposed to meet. You can almost feel the trepidation when Mary learns the boss waiting for her is the heartwarming man she’s been trading conversation with for weeks. The plot is simple: mistaken identity but Debbie Macomber weaves it so well, she makes the whole story new.