Thursday, 19 November 2015

Book Review - Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

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Title:  Dashing Through the Snow
Author: Debbie Macomber
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Random House, Cornerstone
Publication Date: 19th November 2015 
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The new romantic Christmas story from New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Ashley Davison is desperate to spend the holidays with her mother in Seattle. Dash Sutherland has an interview for the job of a lifetime in Seattle and must arrive by 23 December. Both frantic to book a last-minute flight out of California, Ashley and Dash collide at the airport to learn that there are no flights and only one rental car available. After a rocky start, the two reluctantly agree to drive to Washington together. But their journey isn't without obstacles, and a misunderstanding with the law threatens to ruin their holiday plans altogether. 

Will Ashley make it home in time to surprise her mother? Will Kevin report to duty as expected? And most importantly, will they both have the opportunity to discover the greatest gift of all?

I'm a huge fan of Debbie Macomber and this had a lot of her trademark warmth to the book. In fact it was as you may expect from this author and lovely romance, with a really good story. You may as a result be wondering if I liked it so much why the perhaps slightly low rating, and that is mainly because what I would regard as the bit of the storyline that kept me reading and had me thinking about the book during the day at work, as in fact anticlimatic in its resolution, and felt quite rushed. 

This is the storyline regarding exactly why Ashley is on the no-fly list, and that is what lead to her having to take a road trip with Dash, from California to Seattle. Ashley is dubious at sharing a car with a stranger at first, and insists on a reference from his mum before she will agree. That is one highly amusing phone call. 

Of course this isn't the most straight forward of road trips, its a part race against time to get Dash to Seattle in time for a job interview, and so Ashley can spend Christmas with her mum, but its filled with fun banter between the pair, various incidents, including acquiring a puppy, and an encounter with Stan The Man. 

Stan the Man I think should get his own short story at the very least. He is arguable stark raving mad, but seems like a lovely bloke and he is an excellent car whisperer! This will make more sense once you have got to him in the book, but I am fairly sure he will definitely have you either rolling your eyes in disbelief or laughing your head off, or both!

The interactions between Dash and Ashley are on the whole entertaining, and really you enjoying the road trip. 

I just think this book could have been so much more than it was, but it would have possibly then become a slightly different genre, so instead, the story that I don't really want to hint at or spoil, was touched on lightly, introduced you to a couple of other characters and a different view point, but the conclusion of it, just left me feeling numb. 

Dashing Through the Snow is a lovely short book, is very fast to read, and I did really enjoy it, I've just read better from this author. If you have a habit of reading all of Debbie Macombers new releases I'm sure you will love this, if you are new to the author, I would recommend the Dakota trilogy as a great introduction to the sorts of books she does incredibly well. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House, Cornerstone for this review copy. This was my honest opinion.

Happy Publication day to Debbie Macomber. Dashing Through the Snow is out now. 

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