Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
“Well, first, there’s a snowball’s chance of you even locating him. Every reporter in the universe is dying to interview him. But if by chance you get lucky and he’s willing to talk and we print the piece, then I’ll take you off the society page,” Carrie is told by her boss in Debbie Macomber’s book, Starry Night.
At two hundred and fifty-six pages, this small paperback novel is targeted toward readers who love a clean, romantic love story with no profanity, overt sex scenes or violence. With only kissing and hugging mentioned, the book could be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. At the end of the book, there is a teaser of over a dozen pages of the first chapter to her next tome, Angels at the Table. This number one rated New York Times writer has published over one hundred novels.
Being a busy journalist for a Chicago newspaper’s society page for the last two years, Carrie Slayton feels trapped, under-appreciated, and undervalued. Determined to take the next step in her career, she hands her boss her resignation notice. Instead of accepting it, he challenges her to find and interview the reclusive Finn Dalton, bestselling Alaskan author, in exchange to cover any topic she wishes in future publications.
After running into constant dead ends in her search for the elusive loner, she finally tracks Finn down at his cabin in the wilderness area near Fairbanks, Alaska. Determined to get an exclusive interview, she finds the man stand-offish, stubborn, and aloof, connecting more easily to his enormous dog, Hennessey.
While the icy cold surrounds the cabin outside, not only the lit fire warms them inside as each of their hearts thaw toward one another. Through different cat and mouse emotional and strategic games, they begin to appreciate their brief encounter. But with hurtful pasts and broken relationships, they question if the card of romance can be realistically played between them.
Although predictable, this heart-warming, tender tale of romance is well written as differences alienate and separate distance, time and location between a budding relationship during the holiday season. Macomber writes with passion, love, and acceptance as Carrie and Finn are forced to come to terms with their upbringings, past romantic relationships, and commitment to what they each want in their lives.
This book was furnished by Nancy Berland Public Relations in lieu of an unbiased review.