Discussion: Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! I can’t believe it’s the end of May already. It’s been quite a whirlwind around here and we still feel like we are living in a dream. I hope you enjoyed Meet Me in the Margins as much as we all did.

I loved the setting of this book! Savannah whimsical outlook was *just* the best. And can we talk about her mystery editor! I can’t wait to hear all of your thoughts in the comments!

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Savannah is afraid of her colleagues finding out she is writing a romance novel. What do you think? Should we be ashamed of the genres of books we like to read or write?

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I loved how Savannah’s perception of herself changed over the course of this book. What do you think made the biggest difference in her confidence?

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Most publishing novels are set in big cities like New York or London. What did you think of the Nashville setting? What did you think it added to the story?

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  1. 1. Definitely shouldn’t be ashamed. What we enjoy is a reflection of our personalities of who we are! We should never be ashamed of that!

    2. I really began to see a shift in her whenever she and Will have the discussion where he points out that her family is essentially not there for her and insinuates that Ferris is hanging around for other- non brotherly-reasons. Its sort of this “Ah-ha” moment where her light bulb clicks on and she begins to see her relationships in a new light. Not immediately of course, but as things come up- she carries this conversation in her heart and addresses things differently.

    3. Nashville, while no small town, was a particularly fun setting because of the cities’ quirks (the country music, etc.) so that made it a fun setting to read.

    Ps. Ferris is UGH!

  2. 1. Savannah does not need to be worried by what others think! Everyone needs an escape – if writing or reading romance is the mental escape someone needs there is no shame in that. I love reading romance because it makes me happy so why not!!

    2. I felt so bad for Savannah living in her sisters shadow! Although no one wants to see their sibling heartbroken – I think when her sisters engagement ended Savannah saw how a picture perfect life wasn’t actually perfect at all. Savannah embraced her flaws and let herself enjoy her life and not live as her sisters shadow.

    3. I love the Nashville setting and how it allowed sub plot development with the singing and Nashville nightlife. I think it also helped to show that Will was approachable with his “country” persona and his love for his fathers truck. It truly made me like Will that much more.

    Can’t wait to dive into the June book club pick!

  3. I loved it. I needed a lighter book and what a delight.
    Congrats on your new baby Boy he is beautiful!

  4. 1. Agree with Melissa!! There’s times for both. Somewhat seasonal for me too. In summer I’m always in the mood for light, bright, happier stories. Winter I can do the heavier works.

    2. Definitely the notes in the margins!! It had You’ve Got Mail vibes to me with I adored!

    3. Absolutely loved the Nashville scene! The old house that she worked in. The ARC room is a DREAM!! The secret room. Just the glimpse that it gave us of the publishing industry. The boutique firm that she worked for wouldn’t have fit in NYC or LA.

    I’ve ordered more books by the author.

  5. 1. Savannah is afraid of her colleagues finding out she is writing a romance novel. What do you think about that? Should we be ashamed of the genres of books we like to read (or write)?

    I’ve been teased in book club about reading what I like to call “light and fluffy” titles, but to me reading is a joy. There’s definitely a time and place for non-fiction, deep titles, but there’s also a time for a little escape. I think there’s room for both.

    2. I loved how Savannah’s perception of herself changed over the course of this book. What do you think made the biggest difference in her confidence?
    I think the notes Will left helped her see herself (and her writing) in a different light. While she didn’t know it was him at first, she began to trust his voice as an encouraging advisor.

    3. Most publishing novels are set in big cities like New York or London. What did you think of the Nashville setting? What did you think it added to the story?
    I love the idea of it being in Nashville. I had just read Dolly Parton/James Patterson’s new book so I had the setting on my mind anyway and it was a nice change.

  6. 1. Savannah is afraid of her colleagues finding out she is writing a romance novel. What do you think? Should we be ashamed of the genres of books we like to read or write?

    No! Honestly that’s exactly why I started this book club to begin with, we should be able to read what we like and be *excited* about it.

    Also, love makes the World go round! 😉

    2. I loved how Savannah’s perception of herself changed over the course of this book. What do you think made the biggest difference in her confidence?

    When she FINALLY stood up to her family!

    3. Most publishing novels are set in big cities like New York or London. What did you think of the Nashville setting? What did you think it added to the story?

    I love the change of scenery!! Plus the really fun fits about her best friend in the music scene around Nashville was an added bonus.

    • As a teacher, I’m always reading for my job. When I can read for pleasure, I’m going to go for rom-coms. I think whatever genre encourages someone to read is great!

      I loved when she finally was able to get rid of the old boyfriend. What a nightmare that would be to always have the ex around and in the middle of the relationship with her sister.

      My favorite part about it being in Nashville was how she pretended to be scouting talent while her friend was performing. So funny!

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