Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel

’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 megabestselling 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.
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Random House

Kat's Review
I know that it's only October and this is a Christmas novel, but I don't think you only have to read Christmas stories in December any more than I would refuse to read a book set in July during the winter months. Besides, Christmas is coming, and this is a good way to get into the spirit of the season!

Carrie is a journalist looking for her big break by scooping an interview with a reclusive and hard-to-find author of the year's biggest book. When she finds him in a remote cabin in Alaska, she finds a very different man than she expected. As she gets to know him, she understands his desire for privacy and finds herself questioning her decision to write a tell-all article and blow his carefully cultivated private life out of the water. When she returns home, Carrie and Finn both have some important decisions to make.
This is a story in the truest sense. It's a romance in the purest sense of the word, with an adult relationship at the heart. There is a warm and fuzzy feeling that permeates the book, but particularly with it being a Christmas novel, it fits the theme. There aren't any overtly sexual overtones, but rather a plot that revolves around emotions, integrity, and the courage to go after what you want, even when what you want turns out to be something different from what you thought.
Kat's Rating: Worth a Look
This is certainly a warm-hearted read perfect for enjoying in front of the fire or by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. It's a good story with likeable characters. Would make a perfect gift for someone who enjoys old-fashioned love stories and happily-ever-afters.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I, too, loved that there were no sexual overtones in this novel. Debbie's books are always sweet and endearing and GOOD. Kinda like eating warm cookies and milk on a cold winter day! Thanks for sharing your review!


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