December 4, 2013

Book Review: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber


I admittedly didn't much enjoy this book - but I think that was because I was reading it in early September, and the 100 degree temps didn't make me feel Christmas-y at all.

Plus, I feel like falling in love with a hairy, misogynistic hermit is perhaps a tad too unbelievable. But around the holidays we always let down our realism guard a little bit, right?

And, considering that Debbie Macomber has written SO MANY books (more than 150!), she obviously has a large and loyal fan base. Judging by the fact that it averages 4.5 stars on Amazon, with almost 300 reviews, if you're a big Debbie Macomber fan you'll probably really like this one.

Here's what happens:
Chicago newspaper columnist Carrie Slayton longs to write "real" news, but is having trouble breaking out of the society page. Fed up with her job and with living so far from her family in Seattle, Carrie gives notice. Then her editor offers her an amazing challenge: if she can find, and interview, the reclusive Finn Dalton--author of a bestselling survival handbook that's been topping the charts for months--he'll let her have any job she wants.

Carrie sets off for the Alaskan wilderness to track down Finn. She ends up not only finding him--and getting trapped in a cabin with him--but falling in love. Finn doesn't trust women, though, and he doesn't trust reporters; a female reporter is at the bottom of his list. Can Carrie overcome Finn's doubts and prove that she really does love him?

And here's my (slightly generous) take:
While Starry Night's conclusion is perhaps inevitable, Macomber gracefully weaves Carrie's and Finn's stories together, making the reader root for them to put aside their differences and find happiness. Perfect for the holiday season, Starry Night is a sweet little story of family and romance.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Should I recommend this to my grandma? Yes! And you should probably just give it to her for Christmas, I bet it's right up her alley.

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