September 28, 2013

Starry Night

Book Cover
Starry Night
Debbie Macomber
Publisher:Ballantine Books
Date: October 8th
Genre: Contemporary romance
Format: e-Arc
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads.
Carrie Slayton, a big-city-society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories.  Her editor hands her a challenge.  She can cover any topic she wants but only if she first scores an interview with Finn Dalton, a notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild.  But he stubbornly declines to anyone in the press, and no one knows exactly where he lives.  Digging deep into Finn's life Carrie flies out to snowy Alaska.  When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she expected.  Soon she is torn between pursuing her story of a lifetime, or following her heart. 

My thoughts
This was a very pleasant and satisfying read,  it was a story that was fun and easy to read. A holiday season book - I could easily see this making a very satisfying holiday season movie.  I like this kind of plot; a reclusive author and a journalist seeking an interview.  Overcoming challenges the journalist finally arrives and then the sparks fly. As it is partly set in Alaska, that gave it an edge and the addition of a somewhat fickle and loveable animal added to the fun.

Carrie and Finn were two characters that I liked and the story at times moved from one point of view to the other - another small point in the favor of this book.   It is a shorter book with its 256 pages as holiday season books tend to be.  I read it in one day, and as I had had a rather difficult and challenging week, it was just the right read for me.  Uplifting but not requiring a lot of brain power.

In romance stories like this one, there is often a coming together of the characters - an attraction and then something that parts them - until they then find their way back together.  I found the cause of separation in Starry Nights somewhat unsatisfying to me, a little contrived. It was a part of the book that disappointed me, otherwise I enjoyed it. A very gentle romance story.
4 stars.


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