#BookLoves Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson

Title

Meet Me in the Margins


Author

Melissa Ferguson enjoys chasing her children and writing romantic comedies full of humor and heart. Her favorite hobby is taking friends and acquaintances and turning them into characters in her books without their knowledge. She is confident you should read all her novels, starting with this one.

*From the author’s website: melissaferguson.com.


Format

Audio Book

Narrator

Talon David


Summary

When You’ve Got Mail meets The Proposal, Melissa Ferguson’s latest romantic comedy is one for the books.

Savannah Cade’s dreams are coming true. The Claire Donovan, editor-in-chief of the most successful romance imprint in the country, has requested to see the manuscript Savannah’s been secretly writing while working as editor herself—except at her publishing house, the philosophy is only highbrow works are worth printing and commercial fiction, particularly romance, should be reserved for the lowest level of Dante’s inferno. But when Savannah drops her manuscript during a staff meeting and nearly exposes herself to the whole company—including William Pennington, new publisher and son of the romance-despising CEO herself—she races to hide her manuscript in the secret turret room of the old Victorian office.

When she returns, she’s dismayed to discover that someone has not only been in her hidden nook but has written notes in the margins—quite critical ones. But when Claire’s own reaction turns out to be nearly identical to the scribbled remarks, and worse, Claire announces that Savannah has six weeks to resubmit before she retires, Savannah finds herself forced to seek the help of the shadowy editor after all.

As their notes back and forth start to fill up the pages, however, Savannah finds him not just becoming pivotal to her work but her life. There’s no doubt about it. She’s falling for her mystery editor. If she only knew who he was.

*From the author’s website: melissaferguson.com.


Stars

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


This was such a cute and uplifting story. I never know exactly how I’ll feel about first person books, but with this one, I felt like I was living the story—and I loved it. 

Savannah and I share a love of books and of non-fiction editing. I saw so much of myself in her. As an editor, I learned to soften my notes and questions after being a writer myself. Like her, I also dream of one day writing a novel. One day . . .

William, Will, in some ways, reminded me of Mr. Darcy. He was kind, gentlemanly, wise and yet . . . misunderstood. He comes across a bit dark, stormy, and brooding at first, but as you get to know him, you’ll see that’s really not true. Not at all. Honestly, I wish we’d seen more of Will.

After being an editor in the heart of Nashville for four years, this one really hit home and reminded me of all the good things about working in an office with other publishers. The conference vibes, with the late night and early morning prep and sometimes delirious laughter with your booth partner. The frequent coffee runs. The need to sometimes step away and escape for just a few minutes. And of course, the love of books and helping authors tell the story that’s on their hearts.

I could go on and on about the elements of this book that I loved, but that would spoil the story. It’s sweet in a Hallmark-y sort of way and just what I needed in a busy publishing season myself.

So, if you’re looking for a lighthearted read that focuses on books, publishing, and romance, you’ll really enjoy Meet Me in the Margins!

*Just a quick heads up, if you have been emotionally abused or manipulated by family, parts of this book could be tough for you to read. Savannah’s family isn’t quite as lovable as her.


Quotable

I’m doubting myself, ergo, I must be a real writer after all.

Savannah, 1:27:35-1:27:37, Chapter 4

Our eyes hold, and for a long moment we just smile. A warmth spreads through me. I can’t define it exactly, but if it were a scent, it’d be eggnog sprinkled with nutmeg. If a sound, it’d be the footsteps of a dear friend on your front porch.

Susannah

My Take

Our pasts can threaten to overwhelm us and seep into the foundation of our future if we’re not careful. We can love people without becoming doormats, used up for others’ gain or happiness. All people need love, respect, and dignity.

Click here to find out where to purchase your own copy.

I’d love to hear from you! What Melissa Ferguson book is your favorite? What were your thoughts on this one? What other romance books have you read and enjoyed? Or what are you reading right now that you really love? Drop a comment below!

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