Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Review: Starry Night

Starry Night: A Christmas NovelAuthor: Debbie Macomber
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books

’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.

“I want this chance, and if it means tracking down Finn Dalton into some forsaken tundra, then I will put on my big-girl shoes and go for it.” But not the heels she’d worn last night, that was for sure.

Carrie smiled and held the gold band between her index finger and thumb. This ring could very well be her ticket to reaching the elusive Finn Dalton.

Sawyer scratched the side of his head. “I wouldn’t start off mentioning the ring and his mother.”

“All women?” Carrie challenged. He wasn’t making sense. “You see us as selfish and untrustworthy because your mother left you? And you have the nerve to tell me you don’t have abandonment issues?” She resisted the urge to laugh. This guy was a real piece of work. “Have you considered counseling?”

This book was just what I needed to get in the mood for Christmas. We start off by meeting Carrie Slayton, a society page columnist who is dying to write more important pieces instead of local society events. Right before finally walking out the door and quitting forever, her editor gives her a challenge: find and interview the famous, reclusive, national bestselling author named Finn Dalton. Carrie doesn’t think twice before accepting the job. She doesn’t even care that he is rumored to live in the cold, deserted Alaskan tundra. So while forfeiting her vacation time for Thanksgiving, she takes off to Alaska with the hopes of locating Dalton and being able to finally write the pieces she has always dreamed of writing.

This story is warm and cozy, with just enough suspense, romance, and mystery added in as well. Carrie takes a big risk going off to Alaska in the middle of one of the winter’s worst storms. She first finds Finn’s estranged mother, with whom he refuses to communicate with, and she points Carrie in the right direction. Carrie is dropped off outside of Finn’s cabin and hopes that he will take pity on her. The setting of this story is absolutely what I was in the mood for. It is icy cold outside the walls of Finn’s home, but inside Finn and Carrie are sharing a chemistry that is hot enough to warm the entire tundra!

Finn has such a hard exterior that it was often difficult for me to like him at all. Carrie, however, I fell in love with from the very beginning. She was a woman with aspirations and goals that didn’t let anything slow her down at all. She wanted to be a “real” journalist, and just what does it say for her determination that she was willing to go to such great lengths? I love Macomber’s writing style. It always draws me in immediately from the start. The way she wrote the relationship between Finn and Carrie was so powerful because just when you thought the ice was going to break open, it snowed again! I liked the fact that she left Finn as such a mystery to start with. Carrie was the fire that melted his huge iceberg!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review***

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