Review – Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

starry nightI wish I had written this review right after I finished reading.  At that time, I rated the book 3 stars and thought that it was pretty good.  Now that I’ve had some time to think about it, though, I reduced it to 2 stars.  What got under my skin and made me change my rating?  Let me tell you…Spoilers ahead.  (But can you really be spoiled with a light romance?  You know they are going to get together in the end.)

Carrie is a go-getter at work.  She’s a reporter and her editor has left her to work the society pages because she is so good at dealing with the rich and famous.  Did I mention she’s also beautiful but she’s self conscious about her “wild dark brown curls”.  Authors – I am sick of being shown perfect women who are irresistible to everyone around them.  And, if you are going to make her drop dead gorgeous, you need to let her OWN IT!

Finn Dalton is a stereotypical man who has been hurt by the women in his life and now he doesn’t trust the fairer sex.  Of course, he is also handsome but not too handsome (“his nose was a bit too large and his mouth a tad too thin.”)

The third star was lost because the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to smack Carrie.  She is successful, beautiful and has everything going for her.  But, once she meets Finn, she is willing to humiliate herself in order to win his affection.  She holds her cell phone in her hands waiting for his call at night.  Her weakness is insulting to me as a woman.  Not only did she basically fall in love with him overnight, she throws herself at him (literally!)  Yes, surprise, they get together in the end.  I have no idea what they saw in each other outside of physical attraction.

From a writing perspective, there is nothing overly offensive.  My one really big pet peeve is that Finn Dalton is called Finn Dalton in almost every sentence in which he is mentioned.  Almost never referred to as “he” or even “Finn”.  Guess what, after a couple of pages, I knew you were talking about him since there wasn’t another Finn in the story.  There were a few other things that might be worked out in final editing – big girl shoes?  sizzled and arched?  “as well” used in back to back sentences.

If you don’t mind a very standard romance and a pretty weak heroine, then give this one a shot.  2/5 stars.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an E-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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