Book Review: Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer

Posted August 12, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 35 Comments

Mr. Perfect on Paper
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by Jean Meltzer
Publication Date August 9, 2022
Published by MIRA
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Genres: Fiction / Jewish, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

From the author of The Matzah Ball comes a pitch-perfect romcom following a third-generation Jewish matchmaker who unwittingly finds her own search for love thrust into the spotlight...

The perfect Jewish husband should be:

  • A doctor or lawyer (preferably a doctor)
  • Baggage-free (no previous marriages, no children)
  • And of course—he must be Jewish

As the creator and CEO of the popular Jewish dating app J-Mate, matchmaker Dara Rabinowitz knows the formula for lasting love—at least, for everyone else. When it comes to her own love life, she’s been idling indefinitely. Until her beloved bubbe shares Dara’s checklist for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on national television and charming news anchor Chris Steadfast proposes they turn Dara’s search into must-see TV.

As a non-Jewish single dad, Chris doesn’t check any of Dara’s boxes. But her hunt for Mr. Perfect is the ratings boost his show desperately needs. If only Chris could ignore his own pesky attraction to Dara—a task much easier said than done when Dara starts questioning if “perfect on paper” can compete with how hard she’s falling for Chris…

"A warm, heartfelt ode to self-acceptance, honesty, and tight-knit Jewish communities…a true pleasure to read."—Olivia Dade, author of Spoiler Alert, on The Matzah Ball

Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer is a wonderful story about a lonely matchmaker, who is the CEO of a huge matchmaking service for the Jewish community.  I enjoyed this book very much.  

Dara Rabinowitz is the CEO, and creator of J-Mate, a very successful Jewish dating service.  She comes from a long line of Jewish matchmakers, but she’s different as she uses science, algorithms, and technology for her matches, instead of instinct, as her grandmother, Miriam, always used.    

She goes on a mid-morning news show called Good News New York that highlights good news.  The host, Chris Steadfast, recently transferred from a hard news show in Virginia.  He’s a single dad, and not Jewish.  His producer invited Dara and her beloved bubbe, Miriam, to discuss generations of matchmakers as part of the good news program.  

During the show, Dara is embarrassed when her bubbe shares her checklist for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on air.  She made that list years ago,  and it was never supposed to be public.  Chris is charmed by Dara and Miriam and proposes they do an on-air segment to search for Dara’s Perfect Jewish Husband.  Knowing it would help her business as well as Chris’s ratings, Dara reluctantly agrees.  Will Dara find The Perfect Jewish Husband?  Or is Dara’s perfect match right in front of her the whole time? 

This was fun and very enjoyable.  I liked all the information on Jewish holidays and Jewish culture.  I always learn so much from a Jean Meltzer book!  Yet I never felt bombarded by the information as she sprinkles it throughout the book, without a big info dump.  I enjoyed Dara’s dedication to her religion and culture and admired her reluctance to compromise.  

The romance was a slow burn romance and I couldn’t figure out how they would be able to resolve their differences.  That’s my favorite kind of romance when I can’t figure out how they will eventually get together.  Chris is an absolute sweetheart, and such a wonderful dad to his 11-year-old daughter, Lacey.  He is patient with Dara and understands her anxiety issues as well.  

I recommend Mr. Perfect on Paper to anyone who enjoys romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Jean Meltzer

Jean Meltzer

JEAN MELTZER has the unique distinction of being the world’s only Emmy-award winning, chronically-ill and disabled, rabbinical-school drop-out. Yet, it is this extraordinary background — coupled with a firm belief in holding onto your joy and seeking out happy endings — which forms the basis of her diverse work.

Jean received her BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dramatic Writing in 2002. After graduation, she served as Creative Director of Tapestry International, an Oscar-winning television and film production company, where she oversaw the writing, development and production for over 250-hours of children’s television, and won numerous awards for her work. In 2006, Jean moved to Israel to pursue a career in the rabbinate, and studied at several colleges and seminaries for five years. She also became an outspoken advocate for the disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). In 2012, Jean ended her rabbinical studies and spent the next two years homebound due to this disease.

Today, Jean lives a thriving, chronically-fabulous, Jewish life in Virginia. She sees her challenges as part of a larger journey and is eager to share her stories with others. Her first book, The Matzah Ball, will be published by Mira in 2021. She is represented by Carolyn Forde and Marilyn Biderman at Transatlantic Agency.

UK Cover:

I like the UK cover best as it has the dog on it! 🙂

Have you read Mr. Perfect on Paper? Which cover do you like the best?

35 responses to “Book Review: Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer

  1. ahhhh i remember reading about this book on your blog before, AND THE SYNOPSIS SOUNDS SO SO GOOD?? also you stunning review has completely convinced me to check this out THANK YOU SO MUCH!! also omg more insights into jewish culture and holidays and stuff SOUNDS THE BEST EVER I CANT WAIT TO READ THIS AND LOVE THE REVIEW LIKE ALWAYS!!

  2. This sounds lovely, especially in that it gives one a good story as well as some insights into culture as well. Wonderful review, Wendy.

  3. Yours is the second review on this book I have read today, and it just reinforces my desire to get my hands on this one. I requested it, but don’t expect to get it as it is past the publication date. That’s OK. I have other resources.😉