Starry Night

Starry Night

by Debbie Macomber


’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.

A couple of weeks ago I was in desperate need of a Hallmark style holiday romance read since I can no longer actually watch Hallmark movies (no cable). I knew Debbie Macomber was pretty much the queen of Christmas romances so I picked up Starry Night at the local library.

It was the perfect choice! Starry Night tells the love story of reclusive author Finn and vivacious reporter Carrie. I loved the snarky relationship development between Carrie and Finn while they are stuck in his Alaskan cottage. The nightly conversations between them and the dog kept me giggling and I love how sweet Carrie is despite Finn’s moodiness. I even love how protective she is over his feelings and privacy. I just couldn’t quit reading!

I finished Starry Night in one sitting but the best part of the story is Finn and Carrie in Alaska. I’m a sucker for the rugged snowy outdoors setting despite being a winter wimp in real life. I don’t like cold, but the setting was perfect. The story just kinda faltered for me once the main characters were back in the city. I think it’s because I identify more with Finn instead of Carrie. The magical aspect of building a relationship in the city together did not feel all that magical for me. There interactions were just a little too forced for me. I also wouldn’t have hesitated to relocate to Alaska, especially if, like Carrie, I wasn’t happy with my job and already planning on moving.

I did enjoy the read and found the relationship between the main characters sweet. It was cute story that focused on love, compromise, and the small important things. All wonderful points in my opinion. Plus, I wish Finn’s novel was real because I want to read it!

So, definitely pick up Starry Night if you’re in need of a sweet winter romance to chase away any holiday blues. Any Debbie Macomber fans out there? What is your favorite?


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