Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

"Merry Christmas. Look at the stars tonight and remember me."

The blurb

Tis' the season for love and second chances...

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge first: Carrie must score the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. 

Living in Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a bestselling book about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. With her career at stake, Carrie sacrifices 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 expected. And soon Carrie is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart. 

Becca's thoughts

This is my first full Christmas story that I have read in 2013 and it has gotten me right in the mood for Christmas! I'm even listening to Christmas songs as I'm writing this post. Crazy huh? ;)

The cover for Debbie Macomber's Starry Night is absolutely gorgeous. It just looks so cosy and warm in that little log cabin, out in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. There is not one single thing about this cover that doesn't scream CHRISTMAS at you. If you're looking for a lovely, romantic Christmas read this year, then Starry Night would be the perfect choice. 

We meet Carrie first. She's bored of writing the same old stories, attending the same old social events and wearing the same old painful heels to look the part. What she actually wants to be doing is writing BIG stories, about real people and real lives. So when her managing editor Nash makes a deal of a lifetime with her, Carrie feels that she would be crazy to say no. She is ambitious, a real go-getter and she knows she has more to offer her company than attending the repetitive social gatherings that she is assigned to. Carrie's career is extremely important to her too, and this is revealed when she changes her plans of going home for Thanksgiving to find the almost invisible Finn Dalton instead. She's desperate for a break, and so she's willing to do anything to move forward with her career. 

Finn Dalton is the man every reporter is trying to find and have an interview with. After publishing his amazingly popular and bestselling book Alone, Finn has managed to remain out of sight in his small cabin somewhere in the snowy Alaskan wilderness. Finn is a beast of a man, with dark eyes and a dark bushy beard that practically covers his entire face. He's content with his life; sitting by the fire with his dog Hennessey and drinking hot cups of coffee. He's pretty sure he has everything he needs... until of course, Carrie Slayton decides to walk into his life. Finn has a pretty messed up relationship with his mother, convinced that she can't have loved him after she walked away from him and his father when he was just a boy. Since then, he hasn't taken a liking to the female race, deciding that he can't trust a single one of them. When Carrie arrives and is holed up in his cabin with him as a snowstorm howls around them, he realizes how attractive she actually is. 

Being shut up together in the lonely cabin in the woods, how could sparks not begin to fly between them. Finn isn't looking for a woman, and Carrie just wants her interview. 

To tell you the truth, I could see what was coming. It was kinda hard not to, but nevertheless, I enjoyed the story immensely. Even though I knew what was coming, it was a fun read, and very entertaining. It's hard not to feel festive when the setting of Alaska is set so perfectly. The snowstorms, the frozen lake, the log fire burning away in Finn's cabin. It really was beautiful. 

The characters were complete opposites of each other, but you know what they say, opposites attract. And damn did they! Carrie, the smart, business-like woman, with her laptop and phone and high-heeled shoes. And then Finn, with his rugged appearance, making stews and acting quite rudely towards her, only to stop his feelings from growing even stronger. The attraction between them both is evident from the beginning. Carrie doesn't quite know why, but there's something about this cave-man like male, who is so in touch with the earth and the land around him, that she finds him extremely intriguing. I guess it's a refreshing change from all those clean-cut, suit and tie wearing men that she's used to from the city. Whatever the reason, it's adorable watching the flame grow into something more than lust between them. 

I really liked both of the characters, and I even found myself becoming a little bit intrigued by Finn and really hoped he would let himself go and show the reader what's really beneath the cold, rude exterior. 

This was a lovely, warm Christmassy read that is the perfect book to cuddle up with next to a roaring fire with a hot chocolate! I'm giving Debbie Macomber's Starry Night  a 7/10 rating! I'd recommend this to anyone that's feeling ready and willing to dive into the ultimate Christmas spirit!

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