- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345528905
- ISBN-13: 978-0345528902
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,037 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starry Night: A Christmas Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 14, 2014
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About the Author
Debbie Macomber, the author of Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides,and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and three of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. In 2013, Hallmark Channel began production on the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
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Carrie's Chicago editor has challenged her to track down Finn Dalton and interview this mysterious author on his wildly best-selling book entitled Alone, his personal account on surviving in the arctic. It seems the whole world and most reporters clamor after the man who does not want to be found, let alone interviewed. Her reward should she succeed? Just about any plum assignment she wants thereafter.
With her talented reporting instincts, she finds and befriends Finn's estranged mother and obtains clues as to his possible whereabouts. As a peace offering, Finn's mother gives Carrie her late husband's engraved wedding ring as an enticement to reconciliation. It seems her mother abandoned her husband and young son years ago because of her extreme unhappiness in the arctic wilderness. He was also betrayed when his fiance' married another man. No wonder the man distrusts women.
With the reluctant help of one of Finn's best friends and fellow bush pilots, she is deposited on a frozen lake near Finn's cabin as a storm sweeps in. The ensuing encounter between the two, including Finn's wolf-like dog is initially terrifying. The extreme difficulties of total opposites trying to get acquainted while trapped in the confines of a rustic cabin in a blizzard are simply priceless and inviting beyond words.
It is no secret why the author is a best-seller because to sustain such a dialogue for a lengthy period of time between the two principals is a complicated and singular skill which was the finest part of the story for me. Debbie Macomber's writing is on the one hand uncomplicated and easily read and on the other hand manages to exude waves of emotional feeling. The dialogues between hero and heroine are intermingled with their private thoughts in just the right proportions.
Although the story takes place just before Thanksgiving and concludes with Christmas, it is more romance than Christmas. The only personality that totally annoyed me was Carrie's so-called best friend Sophie as she constantly pried into every corner of Carrie's private life.
The story struck home emotionally on more than one level because I myself lived for a year in Alaska back in 1969 and the author's depictions of the grandness and stark beauty of the interior regions evoked strong nostalgic feelings. Read the book and be transported into a winter wilderness romance that will grab your heart.
The parameters for my rating were 1) Romance 2) Holiday Themed 3) The Potential for the Inevitable Happy Ending 4) Written well enough so that the writing itself isn't distracting. If you're looking for an extremely light read that you'll finish the day you start, you'll probably enjoy this. That's why I'm rating it 4 stars. It's cute, and it was exactly what I was looking for. If she writes another one next year, I'll probably buy it.
Things that were a little too much for me:
Sophie: The obnoxious and intrusive best friend. I found this character so annoying at times that I literally swore aloud at her.
The Ending: In order to avoid a spoiler alert, let's just say the ending is tied up with about 10 pretty bows when two or three would do.
All said, I'd buy it again, and wrap up in a blanket with my dog and cocoa in front of the fire, just like I did the first time I read it.