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 went into Meet Me In The Margins knowing it was going to be predictable, and that’s ok. Sometimes you have to read for pure pleasure purposes and give the brain a break from thinking. I loved the premise of the publishing house and that was enough for me to give it a try.
It set off to a rocky start. There was something about the writing style I couldn’t put my finger on. It felt a bit unrealistic, like nobody would speak like that. So did some of the elements of the book (keep an eye out for Savannah’s ex-boyfriend). If I’m to be honest, I started to become disappointed in the book. However, at about the halfway mark I began to enjoy it more. I’m not sure what was the turning point other than me letting go and accepting the book for what it was. The characters were a bit one-dimensional for me and, as I already said, the plot line was predictable, but I think I appreciated knowing there was a happy ending ahead.
Predictable story or not, I think Meet Me In The Margins had a lot more potential than what was fulfilled. I would have liked to see more of Will, less of Savannah’s family, and a deeper insight into who she was as a person. I’m still on the fence on whether it actually could have been more romantic.
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