Romance fans will love this Christmas story

Romance fans will love this Christmas story

Romance readers everywhere love a good Christmas novel, and Debbie Macomber has delivered once again with her latest, "Starry Night."

Macomber writes so naturally about her hero and heroine in this holiday story that you wonder if she's writing about people she actually knows. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, the characters and setting will captivate romance lovers until the last page.

Carrie Slayton works for the Chicago Daily Herald, writing articles for the society page. But this is not her dream job.

She took the only job she could get out of college and longed to move up in the company and report on meaningful stories. After two years of reporting the comings and goings of famous people, she decides to quit and tells her editor.

He doesn't want to lose her as an employee. He tells her if she can get an interview with the elusive Finn Dalton, bestselling author of "Alone," then she can have a promotion and write what she wants.

Carrie takes the challenge before she even knows who Finn is. When she discovers that hundreds of reporters before her have tried to interview him and no one can even find him in the Alaskan wilderness, she realizes that her one shot at getting a reporting job in Chicago is going to be almost impossible.

But Carrie doesn't give up, and she uses her honesty and charm to find Finn in Alaska, where they wind up stranded together in Finn's cabin with his lovable dog, too. A winter storm makes it impossible for the bush pilot to come get her.

At first, Finn is cold, angry and distant: He wants nothing to do with the cute, perky, annoying reporter. But she doesn't give up, and he eventually invites her to play a game of cribbage to pass the hours alone and together. While they play, they each share a bit of themselves.

The book follows the lives of these two interesting characters, while Carrie struggles between choosing her dream career or love for a lifetime. Finn is torn between his belief that women — including his mom — are insensitive and disloyal and his feelings for the kind and loving woman that is starting to worm her way into his life.

The ending of the novel (which is not going to be revealed here) takes place on Christmas, making "Starry Night" a true holiday celebration.

Macomber is no stranger to the New York Times Bestseller list, including hitting the No. 1 spot multiple times. Two of her Christmas novels, "Mrs. Miracle" and "Call Me Mrs. Miracle," were made into TV movies on the Hallmark Channel, starring Doris Roberts.

Fans of Macomber can find out when her next books will be available at debbiemacomber.com or like her fan page on Facebook. She also invites readers to write to her at the beginning of "Starry Night," and she includes a mailing address.

This season is filled with parties and celebrations, shopping and addressing cards, wrapping and baking cookies. Take some quiet time for yourself, grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy the warm feeling "Starry Night" will bring to you!

Margo L. Dill is the author of "Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg," a middle grade historical fiction novel. She often reviews books as a columnist for "WOW! Women On Writing" e-zine and her blog, "Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them" (margodill.com/blog/). She lives in St. Louis with her family.

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