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.
“Meet Me in the Margins is a delightfully charming jewel of a book that fans of romantic comedy won’t be able to put down—and will want to share with all their friends. Readers will lose themselves in Melissa Ferguson’s witty, warm tale of Savannah Cade and the perfectly drawn cast of characters that inhabits her world. This literary treat full of missed opportunities, second chances, and maybe even true love, should be at the top of your reading list!” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of Under the Southern Sky
“Ferguson has penned a lively romance for every bookworm who once longed to step through the wardrobe or sleep under the stairs. Meet Me in the Margins brims with crisp prose and crinkling pages as Savannah Cade, lowly editor at a highbrow publisher, secretly reworks her commercial fiction manuscript with the help of a mystery reader—and revises her entire life. You’ll want to find your own hideaway to get lost in this delightful, whip-smart love story.” —Asher Fogle Paul, coauthor of Without a Hitch
A sweet rom-com that can be read as a stand-alone novelBook length: 80,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
Ferguson (The Cul-de-Sac War) enchants with this whimsical tale set against the evergreen culture war between literary and commercial fiction. Savannah Cade, an assistant acquisitions editor at Nashville's stately Pennington Publishing House, hides her love of the romance genre and the novel she's writing from her colleagues until she accidentally drops her unpublished manuscript at the feet of her new boss, Will Pennington, whose CEO mother has recruited him to rescue their failing enterprise. Desperate to hide the evidence before anyone else sees, Savannah stashes her manuscript in a hidden room that few employees know exists, but when she returns to claim it, she finds that a mysterious editor has marked up the pages she thought ready for publication. Though initially indignant, Savannah takes the advice and comes back for more, falling for her unknown editor's charming way with words and spot-on advice while simultaneously softening to her stern boss, though she's still sure he disapproves of her romance habit. An idealistic, competent heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, and delightfully quirky supporting characters bolster this often hilarious send up of the publishing industry, which doubles as a love letter to the power of stories. This is sure to win Ferguson some new fans.
Melissa Ferguson is one of my favorite RomCom authors. Her new release, Meet Me In The Margins, is an excellent example of why I appreciate her books so much. Her writing is crisp, her characters are realistic and likable, the plot is clever and keeps your attention to the end, the setting is a publishing company (a fun plus for book lovers), and when put together, it all adds up to a delight! The plot encompasses a cross between “You've Got Mail” and “The Proposal” involving an office romance. Savannah Cade is finally realizing her dream of having her book considered by Claire Donovan, editor-in-chief of the most successful romance imprint in the country. Only Claire is retiring in six weeks and Savannah must turn in a complete rewrite by then. Savannah works as an editor at a publisher that would never consider publishing something frivolous such as romantic fiction. She almost gets caught with her manuscript and scrambles to hide it in a secluded area. Only someone finds it and starts editing it in the margins. Before long, Savannah and the Mystery Editor have developed quite a relationship. Savannah is relatively sure she knows the identity of her Mystery Man but Ferguson throws in a element of suspense and surprise to keep you guessing. Overall, this is just a delightful read!
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Thomas Nelson & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.