Thursday, October 10, 2013

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 - Sweet and Slightly Old-FashionedOctober 10, 2013

Book Description

 October 8, 2013
’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.

I say that this book is slightly old-fashioned, and you might think that I mean it is old-fashioned because the protagonists refrain from having sex. But that is not it at all. What I mean is that there is so little angst with the characters, so little self-disgust, that I have come to expect in romance novels of today.

This book as written was a very refreshing change from the usual romance fare, that I'm tempted to buy more of Ms Macomber's books, just so I can see the world from a different perspective.

Now, this is not to say that there is no tension or misunderstanding or even stupid behavior of the part of the protagonists...there is VERY stupid behavior. Some that even made me cry *blush*.

The characters have back-bone and grit, they are likable and *almost* believable. (call me jaded)

The story is interesting, engaging, compelling and easy to read in a matter of hours. This was a fun and heart-warming story.

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