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Merry and Bright

A Novel
Written by: Debbie Macomber
Narrated by: Em Eldridge
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Christmas is the season of the heart, and number one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances.

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.

©2017 Debbie Macomber (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Warm and sweet as Christmas cookies, this new Debbie Macomber romance is sure to be a hit this holiday season." (Bookreporter)

"Heartfelt, cheerful... Readers looking for a light and sweet holiday treat will find it here." (Publishers Weekly)

"No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber." (Chicago Tribune)

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  • Carrie Fancett Pagels
  • VA, United States
  • 2017-10-19

Lift Your Spirits!

A great listen. The narrator did a super job bringing Debbie Macomber's excellent story to life. The heroine, Merry, is very sympathetic. Her mom has serious health problems, her father is on the road a lot for his job, and she has a younger brother with a disability. Merry has taken a break from her studies and she is working temporarily at a large company. She's doing a great job but with her generous spirit and kind ways, and her need to be frugal, Merry frequently runs into issues with her boss.

This contemporary romance left me feeling very upbeat, uplifted by the positive story. It's a lot like a Hallmark movie and would make an excellent one.

This is a clean read with some mild faith elements. If you're put off by the online dating premise, don't be--the hero and heroine end up there by a few twists and Macomber has her characters realistically deal with the potential pitfalls of going that route for romance. You'll be caught up in the story before you can even say, "Merry and Bright!"

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  • imtheluckyone
  • 2017-10-14

Predictable but entertaining holiday story

I did not enjoy the narrator's tone and speed of reading. It seemed hurried and abrasive. The story itself is charming but predictable. It's a quick holiday themed boy meets girl story. Typical holiday romance theme that you'd see on the Hallmark channel.

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  • beenthere
  • 2017-11-27

Sadly predictable

I love so many Debbie Macomber books, but to my disappointment, this one was predictable from almost the beginning. It provided a level of entertainment, but it isn’t as fun or capturing when it is SO predictable.

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  • Elaine K.
  • 2017-11-10

Annoying male voices

The male voices sound like 12 yr lads. They talk too fast. The story line is weak. I struggled to get to the end. Not my variety of book

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  • kolleen
  • Seattle
  • 2017-11-10

Nope

c.h.e.e.s.e.y!!
Story ok but the narrator trying to do the mans voice was ridiculous, made me hate the character.
Definitely not one of her best books!

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  • Karen
  • Sandwich, IL, United States
  • 2017-10-19

a sweet book not as good as the rest

a sweet book but not as good as the rest. a quick read. happy

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  • Ariel
  • 2019-11-15

Merry Christmas

I loved this book. It was a feel good story of the season. I loved the characters, especially the main characters, I loved the story and I loved the narrator. It was perfect for the season. I highly suggest it for anyone looking for a feel good holiday romance.

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  • Laura leigh Homan
  • 2019-09-29

Merry and Bright

Loved to listen to listen to this book it was a dream to listen to.

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  • Cookiegrandma
  • Washington DC
  • 2019-07-09

Unoriginal

Same story as You've Got Mail and Shop Around the Corner. Boring, trite and unimaginative.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Blue Springs, MO, United States
  • 2019-04-20

A Plot We Don't Tire of Hearing Retold

I enjoyed listening to to this Audible title while puttering about on a Saturday morning walking the dog, doing chores and grocery shopping. Even though the dialog Ms. Macomber puts in the mouths of her male characters is (as always for her) so laughable, it's an okay listen.

What we have here is Macomber's version of the 1940 Hollywood classic, "The Shop Around the Corner." It's such a likable plot that was remade twice -- "In the Good Old Summertime" in 1949, and "You've Got Mail" in 1998.

Em Eldridge does a fine job narrating.

Why this is showing on Audible with a romance rating of "Steamy" is utterly ridiculous. Who does these ratings? For crying out loud, all this book contains are two (count 'em: TWO) passionate kisses!