Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.

Jewelz Review~
I have read several titles by Debbie Maccomber and Starry Night lived up to my expectations. Ms Maccomber delivered a sweet, romantic Christmas story that I couldn't put down and that thoroughly warmed my heart.

Carrie is a wonderful heroine - a determined, up-and-coming journalist who loves her family but is still searching for the perfect job and the perfect man. She acknowledges her fortunate opportunity in writing for the society page of the Chicago Sun-Times, but she doesn't want to write for he society pages forever. When she threatens to resign her boss offers her a chance - get an interview with the elusive Finn Dalton and she can have any writing job she wants.

Finn Dalton is the best-selling author of the book Alone. Kind of a memoir of his life and adventures in Alaska - he wrote it in part to inspire people to recognize and take advantage of the great outdoors. He didn't anticipate fame or the record sales that his book achieved. He has refused any interviews and no one has been able to track him down - yet.

Carrie and Finn are polar opposites - and you know what they say "opposites attract". Sparks fly between Finn and. Carrie, but they both try to ignore them. When they part, they erroneously believe that they will forget the other and be able to move on.

I loved the chemistry between Finn and Carrie - and I loved the complexity of their relationship. They have ups and downs, and through it all Carrie's determination carries her through. I truly appreciated that while the sparks were flying and the attraction was undeniable, the narrative remained sweet. I appreciate an author that can write an amazing love story that isn't littered with premarital sex scenes. While it may not be what society is claiming, there are many couples who choose to remain chaste before marriage - and I, for one, appreciate it when I come across books such as Starry Night that tell a true love story, full of passion yet without unnecessary intimacy.

Honest disclosure: I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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