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Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel (edição: 2015)

de Debbie Macomber (Autor)

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Savor the magic of the season with #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's newest Christmas novel, filled with warmth, humor, the promise of love, and a dash of unexpected adventure. Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Tyler, a former army intelligence officer, receives a job 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.… (mais)
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Título:Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel
Autores:Debbie Macomber (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2015), 256 pages
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I actually thought I was going to like this book. I REALLY did. It's a forced proximity enemies-to-lovers rom-com. Super tropey, but those my favorite tropes, so I'm good.
Here's the thing though....did anything about this cover or blurb indicate that this book would be a high-stakes terrorist chasedown by the FBI and Homeland Security? Okay, okay. Maybe I've trolled in the past a time or two, but if you think I'm trolling right now (that would be a hilarious troll to get you to pick this book up thinking it has a terrorist high-stakes chase plot and it doesn't) you're wrong. I am 100% serious. Debbie Macomber decided 30 pages in she wanted to be John Gisham and it's every bit as horrible as you'd imagine it would be.

Spoilers ahead. Go 'way if you don't want 'em.

There is a mix-up because the female protagonist has the same name as a terrorist. What kind of terrorist would be a white girl with a girl-next-door look be? IRA maybe? One of those dummies convinced to join ISIS over Twitter? Eco domestic terrorist? Who knows. They never explain it. Just terrorist. She blows stuff up. That's it. No other backstory. Cool.....not like I needed to know that for believability or anything.

Again, I freaking wish I was trolling right now. Pretending there's a terrorist-thriller-esque plot in a novelized Hallmark movie would be funny as fuck. but I'm not that creative. Maybe Macomber is the one trolling us.

I couldn't get into the rom-com aspect of this because I was so stressed out about the whole terrorist thing. All I'm thinking the whole book is: If the FBI is chasing THEM that means the actual terrorist is getting away! People could die! Many people!

What in the world is heartwarming or cozy about the potential deaths of hundreds or thousands of people? I thought this book would be heartwarming and cozy. My own city suffered a bombing a few years back. My husband was in the city when it happened (he was fine but it was a stressful day for all of us). So, excuse me if I can't get into the cozy Christmas rom-com feels with a freaking terrorist bomber on the loose. For real, what the hell, Macomber?

On to the book's other (many MANY issues).

-Everybody in the book sounds like a boomer. No disrespect to boomers, I'm only stating the facts. The characters are supposed to be in their 20s. They are several years younger than me. And yet, they sound like my grandparents. No millenial is saying "Whatever for?" or "Odd duck."
There's also the issue of making jokes about mental illness. The man who talks about having an alien wife is poked fun at by many characters in the book. So, I really get the sense Macomber wants me to laugh at this. I don't think it's funny to laugh at the mentally ill. Millenials usually don't. So, when Ashley, a millenial half a decade younger than me, cracks a joke about him belonging "in the looney bin." Yeah, no. I don't buy it. Not only because a millenial, especially a grad student surrounded by liberal academia, wouldn't think it's funny to laugh at someone for mental illness, but "looney bin" is just such an outdated term and I don't for a second believe anyone under 50 would use it.
Another character, an FBI officer, says Stan-the-Man belongs in a padded cell. A member of law enforcement would know all about the deinstitutionalizion of the 1980s and know that even people with delusions (so long as they aren't a threat to themselves or others) would not be insitutionalized. Right or wrong, that just doesn't happen anymore. This ads to the workload of police officers across the country, and to be an FBI agent don't you have to undergo much of the same training as police officers? Aren't a lot of them police officers first? I feel like zero research was done for this book.

Then there was the chase itself. Totally unbelievable that two regular people who don't even know they are being chased wouldn't get caught, right-a-freaking-way. The sub-plot with the teenagers swapping the license plates was sooo forced. Come on? Two teens swap license plates because one can't afford to update his registration? That's ridiculous.

And then when Ashley and Dash realize what happened, they're like "But those kids were so clean-cut!"-What does that even mean? They aren't black kids in hoodies? Sorry, maybe my brain went to racist too quick. But again, what in the hell does "clean cut" mean? I think it's a term from the 60s to differentiate the good teens from hippies. This is another example of everybody sounding like a Boomer, even the 25-year-old characters. (and maybe racism. Not sure. The term "clean cut" is so unfamiliar to me that I can't tell and I am older than the characters who used the term).

On to my next complaint! (you still reading?): None of the scenes that were supposed to be funny actually were.
Okay, one was. The scene with the teenagers being chased by the FBI and there's a helicopter and a dude shouting through a blowhorn, and the kids think it's all because they swapped a license plate, so they're in this high-speed chase with Homeland Security in a snowstorm, because they stole a license plate. That was absurd and I loved it and it is the only compliment this book will get from me.
As for the other scenes: the puppy dragging her bra into the kareoke bar after she forgets to close her hotel room door (who forgets to do that?!) Stan-the-Man talking about his alien wife, none of it was funny. More cringe-inducing and forced than anything else.

Speaking of forced, Macomber definitely TOLD me enough times that there was chemistry between Ashley and Dahs, but I did not see it. At all. I would forgive every other book sin if the romance was good. But it wasn't. Dash was obnoxious and unlikeable and Ashley was bland and forgettable. They went from fighting to be like, "Do you like me?" "No, do you like me?" Gross.
And after knowing each other for one day, not being in any sort of relationship, Dash is getting jealous of Ashley flirting with the hotel clerk. Jealousy and scolding you for flirting before you're even in a relationship? Girl, run! This is how you end up chained to a radiator. That shit ain't normal. Emotional abuse red-flag parade. Not one red flag, a freaking parade of red flags. I wasn't feeling all the feels and saying "awww." I was wondering how long it would take for Ashley to end up on that Dateline show she loves so much. Dash was not good.

That's another thing. Ashley decides Dash is good because he likes the puppy she adopts. And then the vet who talks to the FBI agents says that Ashley must be a good person because she took a puppy off his hands, and the FBI agents are all confused as to how a terrorist could possibly be a dog-lover. There is a LOT of narrative dedicated to drawing a correlation between loving dogs and being a good person.
HITLER LOVED DOGS. This argument is illogical and stupid. Anybody can love dogs. You can commit genocide and still really love dogs. Evil people don't go around kicking puppies. This whole thing irritated the hell out of me. I guess people are automatically great people if they're nice to their secretaries too.

Am I done ranting? Yeah, I guess I'm done. This book was awful. But I'm the idiot because I kept reading it. That's some good trolling Debbie Macomber. You somehow kept me reading this ridiculous terrorist thriller full of millenials who speak like boomers and jokes about the mentally ill. I'm definitely the asshole here. I'm the one who kept choosing to put the contents of this book into my brain.

Holy crap, this book was a weird ride, and if the book wasn't next to me right now, I'd really be wondering if the whole thing was a fever dream.

*Peace*

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  Jyvur_Entropy | Jan 11, 2021 |
I don’t particularly know what to say about this Dashing Through the Snow other than to state that it is officially my favourite Debbie Macomber Christmas story.

It has become my annual tradition to listen to this novel at least once during the Christmas, yet I still never fail to smile because of the characters and the situations they encounter.

Furthermore, Allyson Ryan did an incredible job at expertly bringing Ash and Dash to life. Her voice was calming and cheery; perfect for narrating a Debbie Macomber story.

Overall, I would highly recommend Dashing Through the Snow if you are looking for a cheerful and humorous tale to get you in the festive mood. ( )
  Melzy_rose90 | Dec 29, 2020 |
I like this book!

It's cheesy, unbelievable plot, over the top loony romance. But it is an easy cheerful holiday story, short and fun. Made me giggle at myself for enjoying it. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
Funny romance. Dash and Ash don't know each other until they fight over an airline standby seat, then the rental car (Ash loses because she's only 24) as they both try to get to Seattle on their own, but finally join forces. Add in adopting a puppy, petty thieves and a mistaken identity, it's quite a farce. ( )
  nancynova | Dec 6, 2020 |
Ashley Davison is trying to get to Seattle for Christmas to visit her mother. Dash Sutherland needs to get to Seattle before Christmas for an important job interview. When all the flights to Seattle are booked and there’s only one rental car available, the two strangers decide to share the car since their destinations are the same. Ashley and Dash at first start off on the wrong foot with much head butting, but the more the trip progresses, the more they find they are enjoying each other’s company and are attracted to each other.

This book was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed Ashley and Dash’s road trip. Along the way they rescue an abandoned puppy, have the FBI on Ashley’s trail, and many other adventures with interesting characters they meet on their way. It was a really cute, fast-paced, and entertaining romantic comedy set during the holiday season. And I couldn’t resist the adorable puppy, Little Blade. ( )
  PaulaLT | Aug 17, 2020 |
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Savor the magic of the season with #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's newest Christmas novel, filled with warmth, humor, the promise of love, and a dash of unexpected adventure. Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Tyler, a former army intelligence officer, receives a job 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.

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