Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

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Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full length (226 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

’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.

Carrie is a journalist. She’s been a society page columnist and gets to go to all the major events with the upper class beautiful people. She hates it…

Finn Dalton has written a book about Alaska and how to survive in the wilds. No one has been able to find him to interview him. When Carrie says she’s going to quit the paper and the society page because this is not what she wants to do with her life, her editor offers her a new challenge. Find Dalton, interview him and he’ll give her a promotion and a new assignment. It won’t be easy to do but Thanksgiving is coming and she can use that time to hunt. She takes the challenge.

Finn doesn’t trust women; they lie and they leave. It happened with his mother and then with his girlfriend. He’s through with women. He likes living in his solitary cabin; he doesn’t need people in his life. But he has to use a pilot to get in and out of his cabin and that pilot decides he needs to meet Carrie.

Carrie tries to weasel his story out of him but he’s not talking. She makes friends with his dog and that makes him mad. Hennessey is supposed to protect him, not be mesmerized by the first woman that pets him. The only thing they have in common is a card game; they both can play cribbage.

I like the banter between the two, and how she has a conversation with the dog that somehow draws Finn out and makes him speak. Ms. Macomber makes you feel like you’re there.

This is a sweet romance with some misunderstandings and a clash of lifestyles. As always, everything ends up happily ever after. But that’s why we read Ms. Macomber’s work, isn’t it? She always delivers a good story with true love winning and that’s the way I want it, don’t you?

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