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.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a book that is touching- it’s heartfelt and quite an enjoyable read. However, Me Before You does have sadness- sadness that makes the readers hearts hurt; but the reader will not regret the book. This book is a love story- a beautiful love story. It’s not a typical love story- it’s so much more.

Louisa Clark, a young woman, has just been let go from her menial job- however, it’s a job that she loves. Louisa is proud of her tiny existence-steady boyfriend, lives with her family, has never been further than the area she lives in. She’s fine with that. She lives a small life and cannot see it any other way. Will Traynor, though, has been used to living a big life- traveling extensively, mountain climbing, having his pick of women, a job that he not only loves- but that he is successful at- which defines his personality. Will Traynor knows that life is for the living- and he intends to make the most of it; until the accident. Paralyzed and depressed- Will is not sure that life is worth living- if he can’t live like he did.

When Louisa takes a job being Will’s caregiver, she is put off by his attitude and ways. Will apparently feels the same way for some time. Though, with time, they get to know one another and see the good in each other. Each day, the two grow closer to one another- Louisa tries to get Will to see that life is worth living and Will tries to get to Louisa to see that being complacent about life is no way to live. Will wants Louisa to be out experiencing life- traveling, experiencing, going to events.As their time together continues, each makes an impact on the other one. Louisa thinks she has found a way to make Will see that life can be good in the chair- that life does not have to be over because he is paralyzed. Will, though, does have some hard lessons for Louisa about life and love.

Me Before You– a tale that is meant to be read and enjoyed. The reader will laugh and cry- experience a rush of emotions. When the last page is turned and the book is closed, the story of Will and Louisa- the journey they take the reader on, the lessons they teach, the feelings they share- will stick with the reader. And, for a writer, I think that’s the best thing.