Thursday, December 15, 2016
Review: Starry Night
Title: Starry Night
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year published: 2013
How I got this book: Listened to it as an audiobook through the app Storytel
My rating: 4 stars
'Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from 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 firt scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.
Living in the remote Alaska 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.
This is my first Debbie Macomber book, and I am definitely picking up others as well. She has written plenty of Christmas novels, and I am planning on reading a few of them before Christmas this year. If they are as good as Starry Night, I am in for a treat.
Though this is a great holiday read, I expected it to revolve more around Christmas. It takes place in November and December, with Thanksgiving being the holiday that gets the most attention. There are a few "christmasy" scenes here and there, which I really enjoyed, but I would have liked more. However, it has a great wintery feel, and is great this time of year.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Carrie, the main character. She is so determined to get what she wants, and she is willing to work really hard for it. The other characters were also enjoyable, and I could relate to Finn in many ways.
One thing that confused me at times were the different POVs. Throughout most of the book we see everything from Carrie's perspective, and I enjoyed that. Suddenly, though, we would be reading from Finn's perspective, and it didn't really make sense to me. It wasn't a lot, it felt like a bit random. I listened to this as an audiobook with the same reader throughout, and didn't help my confusion. It might be easier if you are reading the actual book.
I did generally enjoy this book, as you can tell by my 4 stars. It is more of an adult book, and I don't normally read that, but I did enjoy this one. It was cheesy and sweet, exactly what you would expect from a book like this.
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