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Starry Night

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  13,992 ratings  ·  1,905 reviews
’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

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 Dal
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published 2013)
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Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This, and it will come as no surprise hearing this, is not a book for all seasons. It's Christmassy book without Santa actually in it. An improbable love story that had me eating out of the author's hand. I don't know why I'm giving it only 3 stars.

Maybe I've been spoilt. I seem to have forgotten the excruciating pages of some chunkster books. No matter, people can still read Starry Night and decide for themselves. For the record, the two lovers here are Finn Dalton and Carrie Slayton. There's s
Claire Robinson
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
4 Stars.

I am ashamed to say that this is the first Debbie Macomber book that I have read, and now I have finished it I could happily slap myself for missing out for so long, it definitely won’t be my last.

Starry Night is your perfect mix of humor, romance and storyline. It kept me hooked from the beginning, and I have to admit I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it. If you are looking for an edge of your seat, thrill a minute type of story then this is definitely not for you. However, if you w
1.5 stars

Read this for 12 Tasks of the Festive Season:
Task the First: The Winter Wonderland:
- Read a book that is set in a snowy place.

I think I sub-consciously rounded up because of how gorgeous the cover is. The hero and heroine spend around 96hrs together, 48 of that is contentious. I have no earthly idea when they fall in love, she leaves Alaska and suddenly he is texting her and they're in a relationship. Hero has serious women hating issues, as in hating ALL women. His mother and father go
This book did the trick for me and got me into the Christmas "mood" just that little bit more that I needed! Debbie Macomber is my go to author when I just need a quick feel good book that usually has such a nice romance attached to it. I love that her stories usually include the love of family in them as well; as you all know how important family is to me!!!

In Starry Night we are introduced to a society page columnist named Carrie Slayton. She is becoming bored with writing about rich people wh
exploraDora (Dora Guta)
***2 stars***

I was going to give this 2,5 stars and round it up to 3, but the ending disappointed me so much, that I felt like it doesn't deserve the extra 0,5 star.

Full review to come.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2013
I chose this book because I wanted a light, fluffy Christmas romance to put me in the Christmas spirit. I can totally be down with some cheesiness around the holiday season. However, this book didn't hit the spot for me. It was too sweet, too cheesy, just a little too much of everything I wanted. At the same time, I thought Christmas played too small a part in it. It was set in November and December so the atmosphere was cold and wintery but Christmas wasn't actually mentioned that much.

The stor
2.5 Stars. This short holiday story started out pretty good, but kind of went downhill pretty fast for me. As my local book-club pick for December, I faithfully read the 256 pages, but overall found it kind of corny and predictable. There is a little bit of romance, but no passion, a great dog (Hennessy), but not much to really put you in the holiday spirit.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starry Night is the 76th stand-alone novel by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. It is almost Thanksgiving, and while Carrie Slayton misses her family in Seattle, she is hoping her job at the Chicago Herald will further her career as a journalist. But so far, she’s been stuck in the society pages. When Carrie declares her intention to quit, her boss promises her meatier fare if she can manage to track down and interview reclusive writer, Finn Dalton.

Carrie rises to the challenge and is s
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought Carrie was very strong and independent, and I liked the way that she went after what she wanted. She was determined to get ahead in her job, and if that meant going to Alaska and finding a elusive author, she was ready for the challenge!
I enjoyed reading how Carrie and Finn got to know each other, and how she adapts to the Alaska wilderness. Without giving too much of the story away...this is a book about family, love and Christmas romances...
Debbie Macomber delivers a wonderful settin
Author Annabelle Leigha
This was a quick read, however I've read this plotline before. I expected a little bit of a surprise coming from Ms. Macomber. However, it was nice to listen to a Christmas story in September. I'm already pumped for the upcoming holiday season!
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-1, christmas
This was a cute short, almost novella-length Christmas romance that's perfect for listening to while putting ornaments on your tree or wrapping gifts, or just having something to read while the days get darker and colder and we move towards the holidays. Finn is a reclusive outdoorsman who has penned a famous Jack London-style novel set in his beloved Alaska, but he is so off the grid that no one can find him and score an interview. Carrie is tired of being assigned to the gossip column at her r ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okay, so, I'm not a Macomber fan; I've never read anything of hers, at least not that I can recall, so I'm not really sure how this novel compares to any other of her works. However, I'm willing to give Macomber the benefit of the doubt and say that perhaps her earliest novels were not as terrible as this one.

What happens sometimes, I think, is that well-known authors publishing their umpteenth book (or ones trying to meet a Christmas deadline) is that they just kind of "phone it in" A lot of th
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Carrie Slayton is stuck covering society events, but longs to be a “real” journalist. Her editor tells her she can have any assignment she wants IF she can manage to track down and interview the notoriously reclusive author Finn Dalton, whose memoir of life in a remote Alaskan homestead has catapulted to the top of the best seller lists.

You know where this is headed, don’t you?

It’s a typical Macomber holiday schmaltz novel. Plucky girl with not enough sense to dress for the weather traip
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Carrie is a journalist who wants to write about more than just society events. Finn has written a book, "Alone" about surviving in the Alaskan wilderness. Carrie sets out to locate Finn in Alaska and be the first journalist to interview him. With a token from his Mother and a ride from a piolet named Sawyer, she shows up . unannounced at Finn's cabin in the middle of a winter storm . in Alaska. Their meeting is tense but sets the stage for romance. Short and sweet this is a great book ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, christmas
This book started off as a 2-3 star and went rollin' on downhill at an incredible rate. I gave this book 1 star because I just don't have the heart to give it any less. I rounded it up from -20 stars. But really it's -25 star book. This book was one **MASSIVE** eye roll.

Let me preface this review a bit. I'm not really annoyed at *how* these two people met, I'm not at all annoyed at the realism behind how either. I'm annoyed at how it was all played out, and how it was written. It's so bad.

I've w
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie is a city girl, who works as a society-page columnist. She loves her job, but her current position is not what she actually wants to write, and when she goes to her boss to talk about a new position, she gets a proposal that seems great-she has to find an author, who doesn't want to be found and do an interview with him-easy right? She goes on an adventure to Alaska to actually find him, in a hope to get the interview and get a job position she really wants. What she doesn't consider is t ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
As some of you may know, Debbie Macomber is my go-to-author whenever I want to pick up something that makes me warm and cozy.
Par for the course, just like her other books (although I have only read a handful of her books), this book reeled me into the story just by reading the first few paragraphs and I just couldn't put it down.

The story is interesting - Carrie, an aspiring wanna-be-a-journalist who has been writing for Chicago Herald society page takes a bet challenged by her boss, Nash, that
Margaret Chind
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Melissa
As the leaves are starting to fall, are you ready to start your stack of books for hibernation months? What I mean is the months when it gets a chill in the night air no matter where you are or perhaps you want to imagine that romantic white Christmas since you will not have the snow. Either way, add this to the pile. To those days when life is completely chaotic and getting away from you and it seems there will never be a break or to be fully accomplished on your to-do list, this is a relaxatio ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of Debbie Macomber Christmas love story books so far that I have read.
Julie Barrett
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Starry Night A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber
I wanted to read this book for the title as it reminds me of Don MacLeans' song: Starry, starry night / Paint your pallet blue and gray...
Carrie is currently in Chicago working as the society reporter but she wants to be a real reporter and Sophie can't even talk her into not handing in her 2 week notice to hightail it to Seattle for a job.
The head editor tells her if she can get an interview with Finn Dalton, whose written a novel about surviving
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*ARC provided by netgalley*

"Starry Night" was simple and nice to read if you're in the mood of something 'light' but if you're looking for a hot, dark, raw or passionate book then go find some other book because this one isn't really for you. This novel is cute and makes you believe in happy endings, even if for just a moment. It takes place around the holidays with the spirit of Christmas in a few scenes. When you read it, you're longing for a man like Finn and a warm family surrounding you.

Rating 3.25 stars
A decent enough book, heroine a reporter tracks down reclusive author, the hero in Alaska, he is gruff and doesn't trust women because of abandonment issues but they still forge a connection. She leaves, they stay in touch, he visits, real world intrudes and he bolts and HEA.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet and romantic Christmas story.
Bree Hill
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Macombre novel and although I enjoyed the first one I read by her, I liked this one a bit more. I’ve heard she is the go to romance author during the holidays and I can see why.

This book follows Carrie who is a society page writer in Chicago who wants to write more serious pieces. So she works up the guts to approach her boss and ask for the opportunity to step it up or she will have to quit. He gives her an assignment and is basically like if you accomplish this we will discu
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
As Australia heads for its long hot summer my thoughts turn to all things cool. Any plot with snow in it is a must – and snow with Christmas thrown in is a bonus!!! STARRY NIGHT has both of these as well as a good old-fashioned romance. When I say it’s an old fashioned type of romance I mean that there is no detailed rumpy-pumpy between the sheets instead the story describes how they fall in love. The descriptions of the scenery are beautiful and reminded me why Alaska and Canada are top of my b ...more
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I was in the mood for romantic, literary, Christmas candy and this sounded perfect. Despite the hero being my type of guy - masculine, independent, a dog lover, and lives in a cabin out in the woods - there was never even a smidgen of a book crush on Finn. Long story short, this story was not bad or unenjoyable, but neither did it warm the coddles of my heart. It just fell a little flat for me. Everything moved very quickly and it felt like we went from the main characters meeting to talking mar ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute. Not at all believable, but still cute and just the right amount of Christmas Cheer. <3 ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
My first official Christmas book for the season! :)

This was short and sweet, and definitely perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit!
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. The frozen lake in front of the cabin just adds to the feel of it, creating the ultimate Christmas scene. There is not one single thing
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Starry Night is a sweet, warm holiday/Christmas based story. What else do we expect from the queen of tender romance writing, Debbie Macomber.

It all begins a few weeks before Thanksgiving, when Carrie Slayton, society page journalist a big Chicago based newspaper, gets challenged by her boss to get an interview with Alaskan wilderness author Finn Dalton. The elusive author has refused any interviews since his book hit #1 best seller. If Carrie pulls off this interview her boss told her she has h
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more

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