Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson – Book Review

Posted February 10, 2022 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson – Book Review

Meet Me in the Margins

by Melissa Ferguson


Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date February 15, 2022
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 336

Synopsis:

You’ve Got Mail meets The Proposal—this romance 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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Told only from Savannah’s perspective, Meet Me in the Margins gives a fun glimpse into the world of a hopeful debut author. 

What a fun story! While I would have loved to hear the thoughts of the mystery editor to know why he did some of the things he did, it would have spoiled the mystery. Well, kind of. Despite some misdirection, it was still clear who he was.

Savannah Cade’s family was a bit crazy. Especially her sister, Olivia. My heart hurt for how Savannah was undervalued and walked all over by them. And I couldn’t even imagine having my long-time boyfriend dumping me for my sister and then the whole family expecting me to act like everything was just fine. After all, Cades never make a scene. Ouch!

Savannah was wonderfully average, making her quite relatable. Some readers might object to the difficulty she had in standing up for herself but I found it made her more realistic. 

For those who might be concerned, there are a few scenes in which the characters hang out in bars drinking. 

Readers who enjoy clean rom-com will want to read Meet Me in the Margins.

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