Remember how magical the night sky seems when you are out camping or somewhere in the country? Now imagine the same sky in the remote wilderness of Alaska, or near the North Pole. Millions of stars and the Northern Lights. Sounds enchanting, doesn’t it? That is how Carrie Slayton feels when she steps out into the bitter cold on an icy lake in a remote cabin in Alaska. How did she get there?
Carrie Slayton, a Seattle native is doing some necessary drudge work working as a society columnist in Chicago, waiting for the real stuff, the serious stories she wants to do. When she threatens to resign on an impulse, her editor throws her a bone. Carrie is asked to get an interview from the reclusive Finn Dalton in order to get any assignment of her choice. Easier said! Finn could very well be an alias. No one knows a single thing about him. Carrie forgoes her family Thanksgiving and heads to Alaska to dig around for some facts.
Finn Dalton has been traumatized by his parents’ divorce, and it has shaped his life. He lives far away from civilization, but his father’s stories and lessons have stayed with him. Finn never realized people would love those stories and he would become a celebrity. Outraged at the pretty reporter who shows up at his cabin in a snow storm, he does everything possible to be grumpy. But neither Carrie nor Finn bargained for the attraction that flares between them.
It was nice to read a simple story with limited characters. Although there is nothing new happening here, the love that blossoms between two unlikely people is sure to gladden the heart. The holiday season has its share of messages of hope and love, and this is a perfect way to set off the Christmas mood.