Book Review: Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber

merry & bright book review debbie macomber

The synopsis on the back of the book: 

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.

  • Genre: Holiday Romance
  • Pages: 222
  • Published: 10/2017
  • Goodreads rating: 3.91
Merry and Bright Debbie Macomber review

Why I choose the book

When I first read the synopsis I thought it sounded like the perfect Christmas story to warm up to at the end of a long day. Especially now that it's closer to the holidays! 

First Initial Thoughts

Merry was a very compassionate and sweet woman. She wanted to date around but blamed her long work hours for not being able to get out and meet new people. She absolutely loathed her boss and often wondered why he was so mean and heartless. She finds solace at home with her brother Patrick, and mom. 

Jayson Bright was one of those bosses that you just hate. He was very hard to his employees and required everyone work overtime. However, whenever he was not working we learned that he was not as mean and heartless as his workers believed him to be. 

I adored Patrick. He was such a sweet boy. I appreciated that the author portrayed his down syndrome well. He was so sweet to Merry and Jay, he just wanted the absolute best for her. 

Merry's mother and Patrick signed Merry up for an online dating service so that she can meet a new guy. She was kind of irritated by the fact, but when she started chatting with Jayson it all started to change. 


What I liked about Debbie's writing is that she focused on only a few places in the story, which made you focus on the characters rather than the place they were at. It was easy to imagine the places Merry worked at, lived, and frequented. 

Final thoughts

Merry and Jayson were so sweet towards each other when they were chatting online. I loved that they both used a dog as their picture for their profile. It was always fun reading their conversations via chat. 

The both shared just about anything when chatting online with each other. They always looked forward talking to each other and often hurried home to do so. I think this helped them understand each other on a deeper level. They were not judging each other by looks. This strengthened their relationship before they finally met. 

Speaking of how they met, I am not going to give anything away but Merry was not very happy about who Jayson really was. 

Yes, it is kind of a predictable storyline. It kind of reminded me of those cute Christmas Hallmark movies! Even though they get a bad rep, I always enjoy watching them! So it goes the same for the "book version". 

Would I recommend?

Yes! It's such a fun story to read at this time of year. It's short, sweet, and perfect to read over a weekend. 


I hope you enjoyed the review! I know if you decide to read it, you will find it just as fun! 

You can purchase the book, HERE

Thank you for stopping by and until next time! 

the caffeinated bibliophile