Only 21 magical days until Christmas! I live in the midwest and as Christmas approaches the air is crisp and clean and there may be fresh snow on the ground to further add to the spirit of the season. A good number of people have decorated their houses and lawns in anticipation of neighborhood association contests and for the pleasure of the community. Stores and malls all beg for the highest possible attendance as do churches who long to spread the Good News! And if you are lucky enough, you may be invited to bake an assortment of cookies and pies and other tasty treats, warming the kitchen with delicious fragrances.
It is one of my favorite times of year. I remember long ago shopping with my mother and my aunt (from California). My aunt was just as petite and gorgeous as they come, always smelling of awesome perfumes and wearing the tiniest spiked heels and the most fashionable makeup. We drove into the city and did some shopping til late in the afternoon and when we hit the streets afterwards it was gently snowing and I thought it was the most beautiful day I had ever spent with my mom and my aunt.
That's what a Debbie Macomber Christmas story feels like to me. All the beautiful sights and sounds of Christmas, the warm and fuzzy feelings---all exist in the pages of her writings. In Starry Night, we met Carrie Slayton, a social event columnist for the Chicago Herald. Carrie grew up in a family that was loving and celebrated the holidays with all the traditions and riches available at that special time of year. In order to take advantage of a promotion, she took her Thanksgiving Holiday to track down and attempted to interview the elusive best selling author Finn Dalton. But once she arrived and met the unhappy author, she agreed not to print her interview. Sparks flew when the two beheld the beautiful Alaskan star filled sky and the magical northern lights. Both felt the attraction but had serious doubts about the success of having a relationship.
Debbie wrote her Christmas romance with a lot of heart. Her characters seemed real to me up to and including Finn's dog Hennessey. I love a story with pets in it! And the storyline was interesting and kept me turning the pages. Could they make it work with all their differences? Well you know, a Macomber story/romance has to have a happy ending if it is related at all to Christmas, grab a copy this winter and enjoy a very sweet and romantic read. I think you'll be glad you did! I am.