Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

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Carrie, a young reporter working for the Chicago Sun Times, is tired of her society column. She yearns to write new stories with power and heft- not the fluffy society pieces she has been writing. Her boss keeps telling her to pay her dues and her time will come; but Carrie is ready for a change. She tells her boss she’s going to quit if she does not get moved off the society beat. Instead of moving Carrie immediately or accepting Carrie’s resignation, Carrie’s boss counter offers an interesting plan. Find Finn Dalton, the best selling author of ALONE, get an interview with him for the Sun Times and Carrie can write what she wants to write. Carrie hungrily accepts the offer-dying for a chance to prove herself. Her editor informs her that it won’t be easy- Finn is a person everyone wants to find and interview, but no one has had luck.

Carrie begins the search for Finn and within a few days has managed to track his whereabouts down. With a little help from a friend of Finn’s, she makes it to the cabin in Alaska- where she is met with a chillier response than the weather. Finn is not happy to find that a reporter has found him and he makes his feelings very clear. Due to the weather, Carrie has to stay with him, though. As they get to know one another, both are surprised at the attraction they feel- yet neither act on it. Right before Carrie leaves, Finn kisses her and tells her to not write the story.

Back home in Chicago, Carrie weighs the pros and cons- and decides she will not write the story. Finn and Carrie begin emailing and talking to each other daily- falling in love even though there is miles between them. Both recognize they are very different, and yet; the feelings the city girl and the rustic outdoorsman have for each other are real. Their relationship is like a fairy tale, until a misunderstanding causes them to question everything that has happened between them.

Can Finn and Carrie find common ground? Will Carrie decide to write the article on Finn? Will Finn step out of his comfort zone and into an unknown world with Carrie?

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Debbie Macomber writes a cute, fun, fluffy and sweet book to get her readers ready for the holidays. Romance is there and the allure of 2 people in love, trying to overcome the odds to be together is sure to be a holiday pleaser! Make a cup of hot chocolate, sit back, and enjoy a Starry Night!

 

*This book was provided to me through Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber

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Jo Marie, young and widowed, opened the bed and breakfast as part of a dream she had. Her husband was killed in Afghanistan and she is working through her grief the best way she can. The never ending duties of the B&B seem to be a place to help keep her mind occupied, while she grieves and moves on with her life.

Jo Marie has a cranky man doing odd and ends jobs for her around Rose Harbor. Jo Marie wanted a garden of roses planted for an event- and Mark, the cranky handy man, did not finish it. He seems to be dragging his feet for a reason- but being a secretive man- it’s not obvious as to why. The friendship between Jo Marie and Mark is odd- and filled with misunderstandings!

Annie has planned a perfect weekend at Rose Harbor Inn to honor her grandparent’s 5oth wedding anniversary. Because of past complications with her love life, she needs a weekend of basking in her grandparent’s obvious adoration of each other. However, someone needs to tell her grandparents to act like the loving couple Annie remembers- as they are spending their anniversary weekend fighting. Annie is beside herself, and mad that Oliver, a boy she used to have a crush on, is spending the weekend at Rose Harbor Inn. Oliver used to tease Annie, but now, he’s interested in her. Annie can’t see beyond the years ago Oliver, though. Can Oliver show Annie he’s changed and that a good love is right before her eyes?

Mary comes to Rose Harbor Inn to escape her life for a bit. Diagnosed with cancer, Mary is looking back at her life- and some of the mistakes she made. There is a huge mistake in Seattle- and Mary is looking for the strength to connect with George, a past love. Mary knows she broke his heart years ago- and wants forgiveness- even though she is not sure she deserves it. Can George forgive Mary for the past heartbreak? Is their story over?

Love. Forgiveness. Dreams. Happiness. Second chances. Rose Harbor in Bloom has it all.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts

Being a fan of Blossom Street series, I wanted to really like Rose Harbor in Bloom. Being written by Debbie Macomber, I did not see a problem with this wish. Something fell flat with me about this book. Maybe it was the cantankerous handy man? That storyline seemed to take up a good bit of the book. Perhaps it was because this is the 2nd book in the series and I need to read the first to get more of a feel for the characters.

It’s not a bad read. It’s just not as good as I expected. However, the heartwarming aspects of a Debbie Macomber book are there.

*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All above thoughts and opinions are mine alone.