Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.
Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.
Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes 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 even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.
Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising places.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Three Stars: A quick, fun romantic holiday read.
Carrie hurriedly removes her heels and massages her tired feet. After another grueling social event, Carrie has made up her mind. She is done being the society reporter for The Chicago Times. She wants to write important new stories, not fluff. Carrie intends to turn in her resignation tomorrow morning. When she attempts to give notice, her boss has an interesting proposition. If she can find the elusive Finn Dalton, a famous nature writer, Carrie can have her pick of assignments. The problem is Finn Dalton does not want to be found. No one even knows what he looks like, and he has refused all interview requests. Carrie is undeterred. She sets out to find Finn Dalton even if that means traipsing to the arctic tundra of Alaska. What Carrie doesn't expect is to lose her heart in the Alaskan wilderness. Can two opposites find common ground?
What I Liked:
- This is a quick, simple, straightforward holiday read that provides you with an enjoyable romance that involves taking chances and learning to trust and heal. I liked that it was cozy and that I was able to read it in a couple of hours. It is the perfect holiday pick me up read.
- I enjoyed the romance, even though at first it felt a bit hurried. I liked after the initial meeting the way the couple built their relationship through phone calls, emails and text messages. It was a romance where two complete opposites attract. Carrie is beautiful, sophisticated and she spends her evenings with the wealthy as it is her job to report the society happenings. Finn is a man who has spent his entire life in the rugged Alaskan wilderness. He loves the outdoors and is a survivalist. He values his privacy and is at home without modern conveniences. Once Carrie barges into his secluded cabin, things start out on rocky terrain and they are certainly antagonistic, but over the next couple of days a romance is born. I liked seeing the couple struggle with their feelings and enjoyed watching them work it out. For the most part, everything is straightforward with only a few minor bumps. It was a predictable but pleasant romance without frills or fuss. Besides who needs a heavily dramatic romance during the holidays? If you want light and cozy, this is the book for you.
- I liked that this book had a heavy focus on nature. It was a gentle reminder that we have indeed become too dependent on all of the modern conveniences and how we fail to see the wondrous beauty of nature all around us.
And The Not so Much:
- In the beginning the romance moved a tad bit too quickly for me. The couple after only forty eight hours develop feelings for one another. Thankfully, things slow down a bit after that and I enjoyed watching the romance build. I especially loved learning more about Finn's romantic gifts, they were definitely odd and interesting.
- This book features both Carrie and Finn's point of view, Carrie's more than Finn's, and I liked that. However, I wished that this was told in first person narrative it would have helped me connect better with the characters.
- I would like to know a bit more about Finn. What exactly did he do all day in his cabin aside from writing? When he goes out in the winter is he hunting or fishing or what? I would love to know a bit more about his lifestyle and how he managed out in the middle of nowhere during the winter.
- I didn't care for Carrie's nosy friend Sophie. I thought she was pushy and meddlesome. I also thought that it was a bit of a stretch the way she guessed Finn's identity and her conjectures regarding their relationship. She kind of put a damper on things.
- I would have loved to have the part where Finn goes to see his mother included in the book. It would have been a highlight.
Starry Night is a fast, pleasant, romantic holiday read for those who are looking for something uplifting and pleasant for the season. This book features a fun romance with two complete opposites. I enjoyed watching Carrie and Finn come together and find common ground as they helped each other heal. If you are in need of a romance without heavy drama and emotional angst, this is a nice little book for you.
"You know what they say about Alaska, don't you? It's where the men are men, and so are the women."
"I heard that if a woman is looking for a husband in Alaska, her odds are good but the goods are odd."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.