As a huge fan of Jean Meltzer’s first book, The Matzah Ball, I was thrilled to receive an ARC to read her sophomore release, Mr. Perfect on Paper.
This rom-com has it all. Our main character, Dara Rabinowitz makes the scary and brave decision to try to find love on reality tv… while also giving the adorable reporter, Chris, hosting the show, a chance to save his job, take his profession to the next level and most of all, preserve the new life he has build in Manhattan with his daughter. (Full summary below)
This book is funny, smart and fresh from any other rom-com I have read this year. I think the characters have great chemistry and the push-pull between Dara and Chris keeps the pages turning. I admire Dara’s respect for her Jewish faith and the ways she tries to honor it and truly help shape who she is – and who she spends her life with. Her relationship and dedication to her grandmother are beautiful and touching and round out the story nicely. This is a fun, fast read and would even make the toughest rom-com cynic smile.
Thank you Park Row Books, MIRA Books and HarperCollins Publishers for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mr. Perfect on Paper was released on August 9, 2022.
From the author of the buzzy THE MATZAH BALL, a pitch-perfect romcom about a matchmaker who finds her own search for love thrust into the spotlight after her bubbe outs her list for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on live television.
Dara Rabinowitz knows a lot about love. As a third-generation schadchan, or matchmaker, she’s funneled her grandmother’s wisdom into the world’s most successful Jewish dating app, J-Mate. Yet, despite being the catalyst for countless Jewish marriages, Dara has never been successful at finding love. Oh, she’s got plenty of excuses—like running a three-hundred person technology company and visiting her beloved bubbe every day. But the real reason Dara hasn’t been on a date in three years is much simpler. Though she desperately wants to meet her bashert, and stand beneath the huppah, she is frozen by social anxiety.
All that single dad Chris Steadfast wants is to give his daughter stability. But with the ratings for the TV news show, he anchors in the gutter, and the network threatening cancellation, Chris’s career – like his life with Lacey in Manhattan — is on the chopping block.
When her bubbe outs Dara’s list for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” when they’re guests on Chris’s live show, Chris sees an opportunity to both find Dara her perfect match, and boost the ratings of his show. But finding Mr. Perfect on Paper may mean giving up on the charming—and totally not Jewish—reporter following Dara’s nationwide hunt…
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Author Jean Meltzer studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch, and served as creative director at Tapestry International, garnering numerous awards for her work in television, including a daytime Emmy. Like her protagonist, Jean is also a chronically-ill and disabled Jewish woman. She is an outspoken advocate for ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), has attended visibility actions in Washington DC, meeting with members of Senate and Congress to raise funds for ME/CFS. She inspires 9,000 followers on WW Connect to live their best life, come out of the chronic illness closet, and embrace the hashtag #chronicallyfabulous. Also, while she was raised in what would be considered a secular home, she grew up kosher and attended Hebrew School. She spent five years in Rabbinical School. She is the author of The Matzah Ball and Mr. Perfect on Paper.