Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

Dashing Through the Snow
by Debbie Macomber

Every year, I try to read at least one lightweight “Christmas romance” in November or December — publishers tend to flood the market with new entries, or reprints of old favorites at that time of year. For 2016, after enjoying the TV-movie versions of Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle books, I finally decided to read one of Macomber’s holiday-themed romance stories. She’s turned “Christmas Romance” into something of a cottage industry — she’s published a dozen or more holiday-themed novels in the past few years. Dashing Through the Snow came out in 2015, and was reprinted in 2016. It was also adapted into Christmas TV-movie.

The plot is simple enough — travel complications force youthful Ashley Davison and world-weary Dash Sutherland to share the final rental car on the lot for a drive from Northern California to Seattle in the last few days before Christmas. She is on a spur-of-the-moment trip to spend the holiday with her mother back home in Seattle; he is on his way to an important job interview. The drive allows their conflicting personalities to rub off a little on each other. But as they’re drawing closer, wacky complications ensue — an FBI task force is following Ashley, due to a case of mistaken identity, the couple unexpectedly adopts a puppy on their drive north, and winter storms seem intent on preventing them from reaching their destination. There’s nothing remotely challenging about this title…in fact it is almost “paint by the numbers”. But, if you like that type of romance story, or you’re looking for a light, fluffy, “feel-good” romance with a Christmas flavor, this might fit the bill.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try pretty much anything else by Debbie Macomber, particularly her Christmas-themed novels, or her Cedar Cove novels.

 [ official Dashing Through the Snow page on the official Debbie Macomber web site ]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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