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Starry Night: A Christmas Novel Hardcover – 8 Oct 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528896
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,022,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delicious Christmas miracle well worth waiting for" (Publishers Weekly)

"If there's a star in the romance and women's fiction firmament, chances are high its name is Debbie Macomber" (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Perfect Christmas women's fiction from international bestseller Debbie Macomber. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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We're introduced to our heroine, Carrie quite quickly, but Macomber paints her character clearly enough to feel as though we know her mere pages in. Brimming with ambition and a healthy dose of stubbornness Carrie sets off to change her career by tracking down reclusive survival guide author, Finn. There were a few points in the book where I thought I could see, with some sort of perverse inevitability, where the plot was going. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I was proved wrong. What I like about Macomber's novels is that, for a short while at least, they manage to cure me of my pessimism and I am simply able to sink into the romance of her story.

While Finn and Carrie's relationship is initiated fairly quickly, Macomber throws up enough roadblocks that it is also given time to mature. Making an interesting and refreshing couple who have to overcome their seeming conflicting lifestyles in order to make it, Macomber doesn't make this easy for Carrie and Finn and manages to respect both of their personalities in making compromises, something that I feel is missing in a lot of recent novels.

My only concern is that the novel felt a little short to me, but I don't know if that's because I ending up reading it so quickly.

'Starry Night' left me warm, fuzzy and decidedly (although cautiously) festive. A light, warmhearted read that is the perfect way to ease yourself into the holiday season I'd happily recommend Starry Night to anyone looking for a quick, romantic read.
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Lazy writing , 2 dimensional characters and a plot that just skims the surface. Had the writer put a bit of effort into fleshing out her characters and giving the story some depth it could have been so much better.
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By Agi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Till now I was not familiar with Debbie Macomber, although she is a famous author and #1 New York Times bestselling. Well, better late than never :)
Have you seen "Northern Exposure"? I loved the series and reading the novel I couldn't stop thinking about it. Having seen it actually made the novel easier for me, as I could really understood Fin's love to Alaska.

The main character Carrie is working as a society journalist in one of the newspapers in Chicago but she dreams of becoming a real reporter, and so she get her first task: she must find a best - selling author of an adventure book who hides somewhere in Alaska and who's not giving any interviews. If she finds him and interviews him she is going to get the reporter job.
And here starts the adventure. Trying to locate Finn, Carrie finds his mother, flights to Alaska on off - chance, convinces some bush pilot to take her to Finn.
Carrie was a great character. She was warm, likeable and loyal: to her friends but also to her beliefs. She has not an easy job with Finn, who doesn't actually think good about other people. He feels hurt, abandoned and he wants to live in peace with his great dog Finnessey. There were moments that I wanted to shake him, slap him or kick him but altogether, Finn was, well, a real man. And handsome too.

Of course the book is predictable. Of course they fell in love. Of course there are some obstacles, like Finn denying he has feelings for Carrie at all. But it is a great, funny, fluffy read. Not too sweet, not too dramatic, not too childish, not too over - sentimental.
The writing style is really catching and engaging, the novel is written straightforward and in interestingly. It's warm and positive.
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Each to their own of course, but also to thine own self be true. So my truthful opinion of this book is that despite a truly magnificent setting, and a wonderful premise... this is not an enjoyable read.

I always wonder how books of this calibre get published, and how they climb so high on the bestsellers list. Not that this was very prominent. I read it purely to give my brain a break after some tough interviews, but it still wasn't satisfactory. Yes, it was a nice romance, but the characters were utterly one-dimensional. I will say though that I was drawn to it by the fact that the heroine was a journalist and it was set in Alaska… I desperately want to visit Alaska, to hike through the snow, to run with huskies, to bask in the glow of the Northern Lights, to stargaze for hours, to explore the sprawling forests… but I'm afraid those are the only redeeming qualities I can truthfully list.

I hope the author doesn't see this as I'm sure she's lovely and has written some stellar books, but if you're a reader considering buying this I would really caution you. And may I recommend a far more heart-warming and truly wonderful book: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
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I've never rated any of Debbie's books less than 4 stars. But this Starry Night didn't radiate quite as much light as her other books have, not for me, anyway.
Debbie is an outstanding storyteller. No argument that her storytelling here was very romantic. The characters were compelling and very, very attractive, inside and out.
But where was the knitting?!? Lol. Where was the community of townsfolk who supported each other and pulled real Divine miracles out of their knitting bags? In some places it felt too much like a fairytale. Finn' s reconciliation with his mom didn't seem believable. As if there were elements left out of the story that would have made it seem more plausible after all those years. It was too hurried.
I love this woman's writing. She feels like a friend. I doubt Debbie would actually write a bad book. This one is just not one I would recommend for the best sample of Debbies outstanding bibliography. Not particularly Christmasy for her annual Christmas book. For newcomers to Debbie Macomber, I would say start somewhere on Blossom Street.
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