Review/ Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Review/ Starry Night by Debbie MacomberStarry Night by Debbie Macomber
Format: Hardcover
Published by Random House on November 21st 2013
Pages: 272

Perfect Christmas women's fiction from international bestseller Debbie Macomber.'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.

I have to admit right from the beginning that I have never read anything by Debbie Macomber before reading Starry Night. I have to thank my friend, Jennifer for introducing this author to me. I really enjoyed reading Starry Night.

This was the year that I really got into reading Christmas themed books and I think that was due to the fact Jennifer passed on so many great books to me. I have to start off by saying that I loved the cover of the version I had and it was the glittery Starry Night that hooked be as I try to avoid reading what the book is about. I love going into a book not knowing what its about.

I was hooked into the story right away and I practically read this in one sitting which says alot about the book for me. It had all the right things I love about a book. I love when I book hooks you in right away and there is enough action, suspense and love to keep you into finding out more.

Carrie is a reporter for the Chicago Herald. She loves where is she is working but is getting tired of writing for the society page. When push comes to shove she goes into her bosses office and basically says she wants another position or she is prepared to leave there all together. I love Carrie and her determination to move forward with her career because she knows what she can and can’t do.

Her boss tells her if she wants to advance she must score a exclusive interview with the famous author Finn Dalton. Finn has never given any kind of interviews or been photographed since his book has become the best seller. Every reporter has tried to locate him and none has been successful until Carrie comes along. Carrie is determined to find him and heads to Alaska to begin her search.

Finn has made it his mission to basically remain out of the spot light and hidden away. No one knows who he is and he probably could be walking beside you and you wouldn’t even know it. So needless to say he isn’t happy when his friend drops Carrie off outside his cottage in Alaska. His actions let Carrie know she isn’t wanted around and as soon as the storm clears she is on a one way ticket back home.

As the story progress you can see that both Carrie and Finn are breaking down the walls and they are both starting to develop feelings for each other. Will they be able to live apart knowing that Finn wants nothing to do with the city life? Or will their love be enough to overcome that?

If your looking for a fun clean read then I highly recommend this book. Its the perfect holiday read in my opinion.


The Book Nerd Quiz

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A little while ago I spotted this over on Florinda’s The 3 R’s Blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I thought I would share with you guys and please let me know how you did in the comments below.

INSTRUCTIONS: Just go down the list below and add one point for every statement that applies to you.

  • You currently own more than 20 books. +1
  • You currently own more than 50 books. +1
  • You currently own more than 100 books. +1
  • You amassed so many books you switched to an ereader +1
  • You read so much you have a ton of books AND an ereader. +1
  • You have a book-organization system no one else understands. 
  • You’re currently reading more than one book. 
  • You read every single day. +1
  • You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.
  • Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book. +1
  • You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book. +1
  • You did not regret it for a second and would do it again. +1
  • You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
  • You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read. 
  • You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time. +1
  • You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.
  • You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book. 
  • You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book. 
  • You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book. +1
  • You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell). +1
  • You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations. +1
  • You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy. +1
  • Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it. +1
  • If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken. +1 (but I understand not everyone will like the same books)
  • And you judge them. A little bit. +1
  • In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.
  • You’ve vowed to convert a nonreader into a reader. +1
  • And you’ve succeeded.
  • You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings. +1
  • You own several signed books. +1
  • You would recognize your favorite authors on the street. +1
  • In fact, you have. +1
  • If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer. +1
  • You own a first-edition book.
  • You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles. 
  • You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day. +1
  • You have a “favorite” literary prize.
  • And you read the winners of that prize every year.
  • You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it. +.5 (I do document what books I have read but not my thoughts. I save that for the blog)
  • You have a designated reading nook in your home. +1
  • You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor. +1
  • You gave your pet a literary name.
  • You make literary references and puns nobody else understands. 
  • You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting. 
  • You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays… +1
  • Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books. +1
  • You love the smell of books. +1
  • You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days. +1
  • You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book. +1
  • When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure. +1


Total points available: 51
My score: 32.5

All I Want For Christmas Is…#4

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Danya from A Tapestry of Words started this fun little feature on her blog called All I Want For Christmas Is… and basically what you do is share your wishlist of books. I thought that this would be something fun to do perhaps on a weekly bases until Christmas.

Its hard to believe that this is a wrap for another year. Where did the month go?

Here is my final All I Want For Christmas 2015:

This is another book I flipped through at Chapters that might be fun to do in 2016.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope Santa is good to you and gives your the books you have been wishing for.