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Review: Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber

on December 20, 2015

Dashing Through The SnowDashing Through The Snow
Debbie Macomber
Ballantine Books
2015, 244p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there’s only one rental car available. Ashley and Dash reluctantly decide to share the car, but neither anticipates the wild ride ahead.

At first they drive in silence, but forced into close quarters Ashley and Dash can’t help but open up. Not only do they find they have a lot in common, but there’s even a spark of romance in the air. Their feelings catch them off guard—never before has either been so excited about a first meeting. But the two are in for more twists and turns along the way as they rescue a lost puppy, run into petty thieves, and even get caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Though Ashley and Dash may never reach Seattle in time for Christmas, the season is still full of surprises—and their greatest wishes may yet come true.

This was another Christmas title I downloaded and ended up reading almost right away because I thought it sounded really cute. Both Ashley and Dash are trying to get to Seattle at one of the busiest times of the year and Ashley is mysteriously refused a flight and stand-by status. She storms off to the car hire place only to find the obnoxious man in the line at the ticket desk has followed her too. Even worse she needs him because the car hire place cannot hire a car out to someone under 25 and Ashley is 24. After a quick phone call to Dash’s mother to make sure he’s not an axe murderer, they agree to travel together to Seattle from San Francisco, about a 14 hour drive.

Now this could’ve been awesome. It had all the groundwork of being a really cute way to get a couple to get to know each other – after all, they’re sharing a car and it would be pretty awkward to sit in silence with someone for so long so naturally, you’d start talking, etc. The problem with this is, Dash and Ashley are just…..irritating.

They fight. All the time. And not in a cute way either. More like in a brother-and-sister-going-to-kill-each-other sort of way. A snarky, squabbling, annoying sort of bickering that because quite tedious very quickly. The beginning was promising and I rather liked Ashley’s phone conversation with Dash’s mother. However when the two of them actually got in the car, it just changed. Ashley was pretty immature and annoying but the fact that Dash left her in the middle of no where at a gas station/convenience store or whatever it was when they had a disagreement was pretty poor. Yes, he did come back for her but leaving her in the first place was a bit of a dick move, even if she was being a pain.

There’s just no chemistry between the characters, it was kind of like reading about my children taking an extended road trip and they’re 7 and 4! The side plot about why Ashley couldn’t get a flight was quite amusing to begin with but the way it fizzled out and was resolved “off the page” just felt lazy and like the author couldn’t really decide the best way to undo the knot created so just conveniently moved it away and told the characters everything was fine now. It was a bit disappointing – even though this isn’t a romantic suspense at all, there was quite a bit devoted to developing it and then it just kind of…..died. I’ve read Debbie Macomber books in the past and plenty of them. I’ve enjoyed a lot and liked some, some haven’t been my sort of thing but this felt like it could do with quite an edit. The characters needed to bicker less and connect more. And the whole mess with the FBI just needed…..something better to conclude it.

5/10

Book #186 of 2015

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