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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  10,777 ratings  ·  1,493 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Ballantine Books
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Mischenko
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Merry and Bright is a warm, feel-good, clean holiday romance that will get you into the holiday spirit. I was looking for a light, easy, and satisfying read and this one definitely hits the mark.

Merry is preparing for the holiday season, taking care of her family, and working crazy hours as a temp for a job that will soon be completed. She couldn't be happier because she doesn't get along with her boss and has plan
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Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
And this is why I don't read Christmas novels...

This is totally on me as I should have never requested this book.

It's too sweet and too cutesy.
And the play on the names Merry and Bright...? Eye roll.

Add in the annoying as fuck meddling mother and the boring plain Jane paragon of virtue Merry and I would rather watch paint dry than finish this book.

Carrie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Merry Knight has been quite busy with her job and family while getting ready for the upcoming Christmas season so she hasn't put any time into starting any kind of a social life. As an early present Merry's mother and brother decided that they would sign her up for an online dating service when she kept using the I don't have any time excuse. Merry isn't sure about getting out there and dating but doesn't have the heart to be mad at her family for thinking of her happiness.

Jayson Bright hears a
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This sweet story is so typical of work related romance today. The author has combined so many elements that are both endearing and humorous, it is easy to get caught up in the story.

The last thing Merry needs is a romance, and yet sometimes things happen for a reason. Merry develops a beautiful friendship over chat with a stranger but when it comes to meeting face to face, she hesitates. It is too good to be true? Is this something she really needs or wants with all of the pressure at home and a
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Julie Carpenter
Yes, it's a Christmas book. Yes, I know it's not Christmas yet but I've had this book waiting for me for a while now. It doesn't release until October but the synopsis just kept calling to me and I couldn't wait any longer. And life is going to be crazy the first of October to read and write the review then, so I decided to grab it now and enjoy. And I did! It was fabulous! I've read the last several Christmas books that Debbie Macomber has written and have loved them. This one was no exception! ...more
Susan
Merry And Bright

Debbie Macomber

Received from Netgalley


Merry Knight is working a temp job at a consulting firm but she might as well be a full time employee with the hours she is working. To top it off she does not like her boss, Jayson Bright. She seems to get on his nerves as she is happy and trying to spread holiday cheer and he keeps shutting her down. MERRY AND BRIGHT introduces you to Merry's parents and her special needs brother, Patrick. She loves her family very much and tries to do all
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Melisa
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, christmas, netgalley
I feel like I’ve heard this story before and it was called You’ve Got Mail😬 It is very reminiscent of the movie - from meeting online, to one of them finding out the other is the enemy - even there being daisies involved.

However, it is a very sweet Christmas love story. There were some very lovable characters - Patrick, Merry’s brother with Down’s syndrome was a sweetheart and stole the show for me.

This is my first read by Debbie Macomber - it is a festive tale full of love and redemption and
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Merry’s life has been all about her job. Thanks to her demanding boss, she’s working 10 hours a day and because of that, she doesn’t have the time to have any kind of social life. To remedy that, her mother and brother sign her up on an online dating website. She’s mad at first, but seeing as they used a photo of their dog instead of one of hers, she’s not worried, thinking that no one would be interested in dating a dog. Until someone actually does, and she finds out that someone is actually he ...more
Kirsten "Ghost Deserved Better"
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
Wow! I am really,really, really liking Debbie Macomber!

This book is one of her special Christmas stories. I couldn't help but feel myself smiling all the way through it. This was a perfect day for a book like this. Cold and dreary outside, warm and bright inside.

This book was a quick read. I read it all the way through in 2 hours!!

Sweet, but not overly so, with some very funny bits.
Debra
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Merry Knight works as a full time temp employee at a consulting firm. She mainly enjoys her job but seems to have gotten on the wrong side of her employer when she eats and her desk and decorates her cubicle for Christmas. She is cheery and happy but lacks a social life. So her Brother and Mother decide to create an online dating profile for her. At first Merry is not to happy with the idea but eventually begins to have fun with it and begins an online relationship with a man who seems too good ...more
Kat
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-n
This was a cute, sweet Christmas story that was perfect for a nice cold day where you're drinking a warm drink or putting out decorations. It was short, a little longer than novella length, but perfect for this sort of tale. Merry is caught up in her home life and trying to save up enough money to finish school. Jason Bright, her boss, is something of a curmudgeon, who seems to care only about work. Naturally, they meet through a dating website, but have no idea who the other is. It has a defini ...more
♥Rachel♥
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
3.5 Stars

Really cute, and it had the You've Got Mail vibe, which is one of my all-time favorite movies!

Em Eldridge did a fantastic job narrating.


❤️ Book Diva ❤️
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a very easy, nice read. I would recommend this book to anyone. It was also hard to put down.
Kiki
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Alissa Patrick
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
So flipping fluffy and cheerful and "Hallmark movie"-esque. It was so darling, exactly what I needed this time of year!!
Sherwood Smith
Debbie Macomber is a much-published romance author whose assurance with all the expected romance elements exhibits itself nicely with this cosy seasonal romance.

I'm a sucker for epistolary romances, especially when the romance that develops in the letters runs counter to real life, as it does here: Merry Knight works hard earning money for her family, who are struggling with various expensive issues. About the only free time she has is for baking.

Her mother and brother feel badly about how hard
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Christa
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
Merry and Bright was a very sweet holiday love story by Debbie Macomber. The book pulled me right in, and I really liked the two main characters, Merry and Jason. I felt sorry for Jason, never having had much of anyone care for him before, and I was glad that Merry had a warm and loving family.

Merry is a temporary employee at the company owned by Jason's uncle, and he is her boss. Merry inadvertently ruffles Jason's feathers a few times, making her very uncomfortable with him.

When Merry's moth
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♡Tonya♡
**ARC RECEIVED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

3.5 stars

This was a short and sweet Christmas story. I liked it but I found that it took me nearly all the book to warm up to the hero.

Sweet and innocent heroine. Grumpy and lonely hero. A chance meeting online brings them together but will dishonesty tear them apart.

- no cheating
- no om/ow drama- there was one part that I thought he was a jerk when another woman was around but he said it wasn't what it seemed
-slight pushing from both
- no ste
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Jill McGill
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A classic Debbie Macomber novel! Everything a Christmas story should be... sweet, warm, and full of holiday cheer! This one left me with a big smile on my face!!! Highly recommend.

☕️Kimberly
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merry Knight is a tired, overworked twenty-four year old who has been working mandatory overtime at a downtown firm after taking a year off from school to raise funds for tuition and help her family. Her mother suffers from MS and her younger brother who works part-time at the local Kroger has Down Syndrome.  All of this leaves little time for a social life, let alone dating. While finances are tight, Merry's mother and brother set her up for a three-month membership as Merry Smith on an online ...more
Susan Johnson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I am not sure why I chose this book to read (was it 3 am or something?) as I am not a romance novel fan but this turned out to be a rather sweet story about a girl just trying to make it in the world. With a mom with MS and a brother with Downs, there is no money for college so she takes a temp job at a large company.

As a Christmas present, her mom and her brother sign her up on an on-line dating service. They don't use her picture but that of her dog instead to make sure the guy likes her fo
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booksofallkinds
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MERRY AND BRIGHT by Debbie Macomber is everything you want from a Christmas story and more.

Merry Knight knows the joy and importance of a close-knit family as the Knights have always been there for each other, especially helping out her Mum who has MS and her younger brother Patrick. Taking a year out of college to work, Merry is thriving at her temporary job even if the boss is a curmudgeon, but her social life is definitely at a standstill because she simply doesn't have the time. But when he
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Barbara
I don't read romances but the only books with Christmas themes tend to be romances or mysteries. Merry Smith has a one year long temp job (really? and she gets overtime?). She dislikes her boss Jayson Bright. Merry and Bright - get it? He's lonely and obnoxious. She lives at home to help her mother who has developed MS, help with her teenage brother who has Downs Syndrome, because he father travels a lot for business.
This is a typical romance and except for a Christmas party and lots of refere
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Carvanz
I did a reread of this one but this time I listened to the audiobook:

Audiobook: Narrator - Em Eldridge

This was a very nice performance. Both the male and female voices were comfortable never making me cringe and the voice for Merry's brother was spot on, in my opinion. I would definitely listen to more from this narrator.


It has been years since I’ve read a Debbie Macomber and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy her work as much as I once had. I am very happy to say that I was still heart st
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Anna
Merry Knight is busy caring for her family, preparing for Christmas, and finishing out the last few weeks of her temp job. Her boss is a by-the-book kind of guy and Merry does her best to avoid him. Concerned about her lack of a love life, Merry's mother and brother sign Merry up for an online dating service, using their dog as her profile picture. She is surprised to connect with a great guy, enjoying their nightly internet chats. But things go south when Merry goes to meet him face-to-face. Ye ...more
Leona
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Cute, festive, with delightful secondary characters. Definitely one should be made into a Hallmark movie.

The writing could have been stronger. I noticed it on the very first page. I don't expect a literary classic when I pick a book like this to read, but I do expect better quality writing.
Tammy
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2017
An enjoyable sweet holiday romance.
Madeline
Awww. Made my heart go pitter patter.

Merry and Bright was like a slice of pecan pie; I couldn’t stop until I polished it all off.
Arlena
Title: Merry and Bright
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Merry and Bright" by Debbie Macomber

My Thoughts....

This was quite a thoughtful good Christmas read that will keep your attention all the way till the end. What will happen for Merry Knight when her mother and brother [Patrick] decide to give her a special birthday present which happened to be on December 24th? What will she do when Merry finds out that s
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more
“His heart wanted Mary.
And then it wanted Merry.”
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“Christmas is a condition of the heart,” she continued, and as she spoke she planted a hand over her chest. “It’s being open and sincere, generous and kind to those with less, or showing our love to those we cherish.” 2 likes
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