Meet Me in the Margins
Author: Melissa Ferguson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 15, 2022)
Paperback, 320 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
Savannah Cade is a low-level editor at Pennington Publishing, a prestigious publisher producing only the highest of highbrow titles. And while editing the latest edition of The Anthology of Medieval Didactic Poetry may be her day job, she has two secrets she’s hiding.
One: She’s writing a romance novel.
Two: She’s discovered the Book Nook—a secret room in the publishing house where she finds inspiration for her “lowbrow” hobby.
After leaving her manuscript behind one afternoon, she returns to the nook only to discover someone has written notes in the margins. Savannah’s first response to the criticism is defensive, but events transpire that force her to admit that she needs the help of this shadowy editor after all. As the notes take a turn for the romantic, and as Savannah’s madcap life gets more complicated than ever, she uses the process of elimination to identify her mysterious editor—only to discover that what she truly wants and what she should want just might not be the same. Melissa Ferguson’s latest—a love letter to books, readers, and romance—will leave fans laughing out loud and swooning in the same breath.
I loved this book. Just… loved. It got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but once it got rolling I was super into it. As far as heat level goes, it’s ENTIRELY lead up, slow burn goodness and entirely closed door. It has The Shop Around the Corner/You’ve Got Mail vibes, in what I’ve previously called “online romance” but now I think I need to call “penpal romance” or something because that’s what I mean usually. It also has some fun mistaken identity elements that, okay, you can see what’s actually going on from a mile away but that didn’t make it any less satisfying. This cute and quirky rom-com is exactly what it presents itself to be, done beautifully.
The entire book is told from Savannah’s point of voice, and once again I found myself wishing for some chapters from Will’s POV. (Which is how I usually feel about romances told from a single POV, honestly.) The chemistry between Savannah and Will is delicious. I also really loved many of the side characters and would love to go work at Pennington Publishing with them all. I especially appreciated the way Savannah’s relationship with her family develops and plays out, with her learning that there are boundaries to how much a person should give.
I loved this book so much that when I had to start partway through to sleep, I had dreams about trying to get to Savannah’s secret ARC room from the house next door, haha. I’ll definitely be reading more by Melissa Ferguson!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.