Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson


“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.”

-Synopsis from StoryGraph


Cover image from StoryGraph

Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson came out earlier this year, but I only heard about it while browsing for audiobooks on Libby. Since it was only eight hours and sounded cute, I decided to give it a try.

I will admit that I primarily wanted to read this because of its comparison to the movie You’ve Got Mail. I thought the concept of the main character communicating with the mystery editor via notes in the margins of her manuscript was really cute. However, these moments did not occur in the story as frequently as I hoped they would. In fact, a majority of this book is actually about Savannah’s relationship with her sister.

This book is classified as a romance and it is on the “clean and wholesome” end of the spectrum. Alex does not show up until about halfway through the story. Even then, he did not make as big of an impact on me as I hoped he would.

Ultimately this was a cute, quick read. There were a few funny moments and some surprises at the end. I would be open to reading more books by Melissa Ferguson in the future.

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