Thursday, January 9, 2014

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
2013, Ballantine Books

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: Beautifully written, sweet and oh, so romantic, Starry Night combines my love of a good Christmas story with an exceptional modern romance tale. I loved Finn, understood where he was coming from, his fears and needs, and that understanding drove the book for me. All of the characters were colorful and fully fleshed out and the story flowed in an amazing fashion. Not meaning to, I read this entire book in one sitting.

The Bad: Carrie's insta-love for Finn is sort of crazy. Insta-lust, believable, but she just fell too hard to fast, was too willing to change her entire life, for this guy who didn't give her any indication he felt anything beyond lust for her.

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