Title: Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
Author: Debbie Macomber
Opening lines: “…Carrie Slayton’s feet were killing her …”
Blurb: Carrie Slayton is a columnist for a big newspaper – trouble is the columns she writes are for the society pages, she knows she can do better and begs the editor to let her write more serious news stories. Her editor hands her the challenge of trying to get an exclusive interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. If she succeeds then she can cover any topic she wants. Finn lives in the remote Alaskan wilderness, his book is a memoir about surviving in the wild. He stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Carrie tracks him down and ends up trapped with him for two days in his isolated cabin next to a lake. Soon Carrie finds herself torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.
My Thoughts: As Australia heads for its long hot summer my thoughts turn to all things cool. Any plot with snow in it is a must – and snow with Christmas thrown in is a bonus!!! STARRY NIGHT has both of these as well as a good old-fashioned romance. When I say it’s an old fashioned type of romance I mean that there is no detailed rumpy-pumpy between the sheets instead the story describes how they fall in love. The descriptions of the scenery are beautiful and reminded me why Alaska and Canada are top of my bucket list. In fact the description of the starry night that Carrie saw while outside Finn’s cabin took my breath away, and is where the book got its title. Like all romances this story runs along the prescribed scenario – man and woman meet, they overcome obstacles, and live happily ever after. That is why I read them, I like that I am going to have a Happy Ever After ending. The obstacle in this book is that Finn has major issues from his past that are effecting his present and Carrie needs to break down those barriers. The main themes of STARRY NIGHT are trust, forgiveness and family and these are woven into the story of Finn and Carrie as they work their way through to their happy ever after.
The last few Macomber book’s I have read, while I have still enjoyed, I felt like I was reading a story – this time I am in the book with the characters – seeing what they are seeing and feeling what they are feeling. Debbie Macomber is back!!!
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and is a book I will be recommending to all my friends.
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With thanks to Ballantine Books and the author via Netgalley.