Book Review

Book Review: Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson

Rating: ★★
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 pages
Author: Melissa Ferguson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 15th, 2022
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


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. 


If you only read that one word on this review, let it save you time. This was not a favorite in anyway and I honestly only kept to it because it was a crazy fast audio and I finished it in a day.

This book was trying to be a lot of things without accomplishing any of them that well. I liked the idea of a editor turned writer, falling in lover with her boss, standing up to her sister, ALL of these ideas are there, but I don’t think anything was executed effectively.

I marked at 60% when the love interests truly started hanging out and getting to know one another. All of the previous manuscript stuff could have worked in that favor, but not enough page time was dedicated to it. I thought they were super cute together and just wanted more!!

Also, I haaaate when exercise is used as an enemy trope (without any resolution). Savannah’s sister was the absolute worst and I don’t remember anything truthfully happening at the end where the sisters actually talked to each and figured things out? And what was with the random ex boyfriend sub plot?

I don’t know y’all. This book just wasn’t it. I’m stopping here.

Overall audience notes:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Language: none
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: unsafe exercise habits

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