Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Title: Starry Night
Author: Debbie Macomber
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Length: Novella
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1

’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.
This book had so much of what I look for in a holiday story.  I love that the season was important, but it wasn't everything - it was there to be a part of the story, not the story itself.  Carrie is a career driven reporter that has taken on one heck of a challenge.  Finding the most sought after and reclusive author and getting an interview will be the article that finally gets her where she wants to be.  Carrie is more than just a career-woman though.  She wants it all, friends and family included.

Finn is not anything like what I expected at first.  Yes, he's this crazy wilderness survival guy that lives by himself in Alaska.  But, there is a huge amount of depth to him.  His reasons for becoming an author and the way he has responded to fame were great and I totally fell in love with his personality.  He was incredibly stand-offish and grumpy to begin with, but as the story progressed he slowly let all the walls down and we really get to see what an amazing guy he is.

This story happens around the holidays.  There is just the right amount of Christmas cheer and holiday specialness.  A wonderful mix with some great romance to tie it all together.  I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and develop from annoyance to not being able to live without each other.

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