by Debbie Macomber
Published by: Random House
Genres: Contemporary Romance
’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber. Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart. Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising places.
I love Debbie Macomber’s holiday books and have watched all the Hallmark movies as well, so I was excited to get my hands on Starry Night. This novel is a departure from her previous holiday reads as we don’t have meddling matchmakers. Starry Night is a straight up clean contemporary. While I missed the magic of her previous novels this was a fresh, clean, inspiring romance. Mini review: sweet, second-chance romance, heart-warming.
The tale introduced us to two lovely characters and has us traveling to the beautiful rugged landscape of Alaska, to the windy city of Chicago, and the fog covered coasts of Seattle. Carrie Slayton works for an esteemed newspaper as their society-page columnist. To get her foot in the door, she accepted the position but longs to write more news worthy columns. She is homesick for her family in Seattle, and decided enough is enough and turns in her resignation. Her editor wants her to stay and offers her a challenge. Obtain an interview from recluse author Finn Dalton and she can write any pieces she wants. Carrie accepts the challenge. Her diligent detective works pays off and has her traveling to Alaska. The tale that unfolds has Carrie rethinking what it is she actually wants. Humorous moments, sweet gifts and tender kisses made this a delight to read.
Finn’s book about surviving in the wild has brought more attention than he ever realized. He likes his privacy and is quite happy living in the wilderness with his dog and the stars. He is a little rough around the edges which makes his gestures all the more romantic. Carrie is a city girl who will buy shoes a size too small because they match her dress. Both have been wounded by love; Finn more deeply and watching these two interact was fun. I loved their banter and the way Carrie got under Finn’s skin.
At its heart, Starry Night is a second chance romance set against some beautiful backdrops. Macomber had me giggling from Finn’s oversized dog to the odd gifts he sent her. Friends and family got involved sharing their thoughts on long distance romances, but we all know love cannot be defeated. The tale was low on angst, and slowly built with little twists and complications but managed to deliver that warm holiday fuzzy feeling these tales bring. While not my favorite holiday read from this author, she still brought elements I love to the table; hope, love, humor, tender moments and spirit. I devoured this in a single afternoon, as Macomber has this excellent flow to her writing that allows the outside world to slip away.
Those searching for a warm, clean, and fuzzy romance this holiday season will enjoy Starry Night. Debbie Macomber has long been an author I enjoy, and I look forward to more of her holiday tales.
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
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