Starry Night – Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is another novelist that you must read at Christmas, well in my opinion anyway. In Starry Night her new novel for 2013, she invites us to the Alaskan wilderness.  Carrie wants to be taken seriously as a journalist and not just report on society happenings and who was seen with whom at whoever’s most recent soiree.

Carrie is set a challenge – she will be given more serious pieces if she can first of all get an interview with a reclusive author, Finn Dalton.

Finn Dalton wrote his book about surviving in the wilderness from experience and what he was taught as a small boy by his father. He has grown used to the world that exists just outside of his door in Alaska. His exact whereabouts are not known to anyone and many have tried to reach him, but few have succeeded. Why will Carrie be any different?

Carrie knows quite a lot about him but when the opportunity arises to speak to his mother and return something memorable to both her and Finn’s father, it seems that Carrie may well have the key to finding out about Finn and that will then lead her to the interview which will make her career. Finn however seems reluctant to know his mother.

Macomber paints the Alaskan landscape so well, that I felt I did not want Carrie to upset Finn’s life and bring him back to the hustle and bustle of life and the fame that he has created around his book. Carrie is not suited for this life but she has to survive there somehow as it seems that she may be stuck for a while. She is sacrificing everything for her career, that includes family time at Thanksgiving just to get this man to talk to her. Finn is rather reluctant.

It is inevitable what will happen, but there is a frozen pause to the relationship that develops between Finn and Carrie. When you think there is a thaw, everything turns again and it is all frozen. But both Carrie and Finn have to chip away at each others resolves until the right ending is reached.

Despite the cold setting this is a  warm book which restores your faith in so much and reminds you that love can be found in the most frozen of hearts and places.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for review. 

I have spent the last few Christmas’s reading Christmas books by Debbie Macomber and thought I may well have run out of choices but I was not disappointed with this one. 

Debbie Macomber books are easy reads, they are just simply warm books which do not require too much depth and thought from the reader but do require you to open you heart to the wonderful characters and the places that they are all set in.

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