Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber

One of the things I love about Christmas is the opportunity to read all of the new Christmas-themed books. The beauty of Christmas is a ripe time for romance to blossom, which makes for heart-warming storytelling. So, I was really excited to receive an Advance Reader’s Edition of Debbie Macomber’s upcoming Christmas novel, Starry Night. Even more exciting was hearing that part of the story takes place in Alaska, which I’ve been to twice since we have family there.

In Starry Night, we meet Carrie, a frustrated journalist who’s stuck writing the society pages. She longs to write more in-depth pieces and considers it a stroke of luck when her editor promises any assignment she wants if she can score an interview with the elusive bestselling author, Finn Dalton. Finn lives in a remote area of Alaska and wrote a book about surviving in the wilderness, and readers are demanding to learn more about this reclusive man. Carrie is on his trail and, not surprisingly, manages to track down Finn and get snowed in with him at his remote cabin for several days. Despite their differences, deep feelings stir between them and they begin to fall in love. But will Carrie’s quest to write a story about Finn against his wishes come between them? And will their very different lifestyles make happiness impossible?

As author Debbie Macomber writes in the introduction to my Advance Reader’s Edition, this book is “a romance, plain and simple.” We know that Finn and Carrie will end up together, but the fun is in following the journey along the way. We learn more about the demons that sent Finn into seclusion, and Carrie’s efforts to heal the past and soften Finn’s heart. And I love the “fish out of water” theme when Finn makes the trip to Chicago to woo Carrie where he encounters more people than he’s seen in a very long time. At the end of the story, we find out why “this was definitely going to be the best Christmas of Finn Dalton’s life.” If you’re a fan of Christmas and romance, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Debbie Macomber’s Starry Night. It will definitely add sparkle to your Christmas reading!

Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader's Edition of this book through the Amazon Vine program. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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