Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel

Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel

by Debbie Macomber

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Savor the magic of the season with 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 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.

Praise for Dashing Through the Snow and Debbie Macomber
“Wonderful and heartwarming . . . full of fun, laughter, and love.”Romance Reviews Today
“This Christmas romance from [Debbie] Macomber is both sweet and sincere.”Library Journal
“There’s just the right amount of holiday cheer. . . . This road-trip romance is full of high jinks and the kooky characters Macomber does so well.”RT Book Reviews
“Macomber’s name is almost as closely linked to Christmas reading as that of Charles Dickens.”—The Romance Dish, on Mr. Miracle 

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553391718
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 130,549
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of Silver Linings, Last One Home, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and three of her beloved Christmas novels have been  hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. In 2013, Hallmark Channel began production on the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

From the Hardcover edition.


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

“What? Are you kidding?” Ashley Davison couldn’t believe what she was hearing. The reservation clerk for Highland Airlines glanced up nervously. “I’m sorry, but I can’t sell you a ticket to Seattle. If you’d kindly step aside and wait a few minutes—­”

“Can’t or won’t?” Ashley cut in, growing more frustrated and worried by the minute. She drew in a deep breath in an effort to control her patience. The woman behind the desk, whose name tag identified her as Stephanie, was clearly having a bad day. Getting upset with her, Ashley realized, wasn’t going to help the situation. She made a determined effort to lower her voice and remain cool-­headed.

“I . . . I can’t. I’m sorry . . .”

Ashley refused to take no for an answer. Surprising her mother by flying home for Christmas was too important. “I understand getting a ticket to Seattle three days before Christmas is pushing my luck,” she said, doing her best to appear calm and composed. “If I’d been able to book a seat sooner, I would have. Getting Christmas off from work was a complete surprise. I attend graduate school and I also work at a diner. I hated to miss the holidays with my mother, but I didn’t have any choice. She’s a widow and my brother lives in Texas and can’t get home for Christmas, so there’s only me.” Perhaps if the reservation clerk knew her story, she might reconsider the can’t sell you a ticket part of this discussion.

“Then my boss decided to close the diner between Christmas and New Year’s for renovations after the refrigeration unit broke, and then he thought he may as well get a new deep fryer, too, so it just made sense to close down. All this happened at the very last minute, and because he felt so bad he gave me a Christmas bonus so I could fly home.”

“I’m so sorry . . .” Stephanie said again, looking nervous. “If you’d kindly move aside and wait a few minutes.”

“I haven’t seen my mother since last August,” Ashley continued, refusing to give up easily. “I wanted to surprise her. It would mean the world to both of us to be together over the holidays. Would you please look again? I’ll take any seat, any time of the day or night.”

Stephanie didn’t so much as glance down at her computer screen with even a pretense of trying to accommodate her. “I can’t . . . I wish I could, but I can’t.”

Ashley couldn’t help wonder what was up with this can’t business. That made it all the more nonsensical.

“You can’t,” she repeated. “There must be more of an explanation than that. It just doesn’t make sense.”

The reservation clerk frowned. Her eyes roamed about the area as if she was looking for someone. That, too, was irritating. It was as if she was seeking a replacement or someone to rescue her.

“I believe you have your answer,” the man behind her in line said impatiently. He shifted from one foot to the other, letting Ashley know he didn’t appreciate her arguing with the clerk.

Ashley whirled around and confronted him face-­to-­face. “In case anyone forgot to mention it, this is Christmas. How about a little peace on earth and goodwill toward men? Be patient. I’ll be finished as soon as possible and then you can talk to Stephanie, but for now it’s my turn.”

In response, he rolled his eyes.

Ashley returned her attention to the woman at the counter. “If you can’t find me a seat on a plane to Seattle, I’d be willing to fly standby.”

Stephanie shook her head.

“All the flights to Seattle are already booked?” The man next in line blurted out the question.

Stephanie’s eyes widened as if she, too, was surprised he’d jumped into their conversation. “I . . . didn’t say that. I’ll speak to you directly in just a moment,” she said.

“Excuse me?” Ashley flared, forgetting her resolve to remain calm and collected. This was too much. With her hands on her hips, she stared down at the other woman. “This is discrimination. Just because he’s a man and good-­looking you can dredge up a seat for him, but not for me?” This was gender discrimination. Where was a television crew when you needed one? This would make a juicy piece for the six-­o’clock news.

Seeing that the line was getting long and the Grinch behind her wasn’t the only one with a short fuse, Ashley decided to drop the entire matter.

“Okay, fine, have it your way, but I think this is just plain wrong.” With that, she grabbed hold of her suitcase and with all the dignity she could muster started to walk away, feeling more stressed with each step.

“Miss, miss,” the airline employee called after her. “If you’d kindly wait a few minutes I’m sure we could resolve this.”

“No way,” Ashley refused. “As you’ve repeatedly said, you can’t sell me a ticket.” With that, she headed out of the airport with her dignity in shreds.

Ashley hadn’t expected it would be easy to catch a last-­minute flight. She’d already tried to find an available seat online, without luck. For reasons she couldn’t understand she kept getting booted off the website. That was the reason she’d decided to come directly to the airport and try her chances there.

Naturally, flying home was her first option. But other modes of transportation were also possibilities. She could always try the bus or travel by train, if there was even one scheduled. The most expedient way to make the trip would be to drive. Unfortunately, her fifteen-­year-­old hand-­me-­down car wasn’t in the best of shape and she was afraid of it breaking down along the way. To top it off, snow was predicted. Under normal circumstances, snow close to Christmas would be ideal, but not in an aging vehicle. If she could afford . . .

Ashley stopped mid-­step. Why hadn’t she thought of this earlier? She could always rent a car! The solution was right in front of her, the answer obvious. She should have thought about it long before now. And really there was no better place to rent a car than in an airport.


Reversing direction, Ashley headed toward the car rental agencies, traveling down the escalator, rolling her suitcase behind her. When she reached the rental area, all of the agencies displayed signs that stated all their cars had been rented. All but one. Ashley made her way to that counter.

The longer she waited in line, the more she fumed about the airline clerk who’d insisted she couldn’t sell her a seat. The nerve. And then to basically reassure the man in line behind her that there were seats available. That was discrimination of the worst kind, even if the guy was eye candy. Stephanie was clearly looking to do him a favor, which only served to irritate Ashley further. Truth be told, she’d noticed him, too. Hard not to, really. He was tall and stood with military precision, his dark appearance lean and strong. She suspected he was either military or former military. He gave that impression.

The line for the car rental agency slowly crept forward. As luck would have it, the very man who’d been so annoying at the airline counter came to stand behind her again.

It gave Ashley satisfaction to see he hadn’t been any more successful with Stephanie in obtaining a seat than she had.

“So Stephanie couldn’t sell you a seat, either,” she said, trying hard not to gloat.

“All she had available was standby,” he grumbled, fingering his cell.

Ashley would have gladly accepted a chance for a standby flight. It wouldn’t have mattered how long she had to wait. “Not good enough for you, I suppose.”

He glanced her way and frowned, his look darkening. “I can’t take the chance. I need to be in Seattle.”

“I do, too,” she insisted. “It’s almost Christmas.”

“This is for a job interview.”

“A job?” Ashley echoed. “And you have to be there right before Christmas?”

Instead of answering, he returned his attention to his phone, frowning once again. Apparently he wasn’t interested in making conversation with her. Fine. Whatever. That being the case, she wasn’t interested in talking to him, either.

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Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this story would ever end. It seem all they did was drive & not caught my interest. The ending was very uninteresting & totally lost my interest from almost the beginning. I would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this author. However, this was a very short, quick read and not worth the money. $1.99 would have been much more appropriate. Very disappointed once purchased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light and quirky romantic Christmas story. A fast and easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable Christmas book by Debbie Macomber. I don't know how she does it, but I enjoy each book she writes. Thanks for the Special Edition from Barnes and Noble!
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. I laughed my way through Dashing Through the Snow as the characters encountered one challenge after another in a merry little unsuspecting trip from California to Seattle Washington. Debbie created some very realistic characters that enticed the reader to continue following their journey toward Christmas in Seattle. The story was peppered with laugh out loud moments as the storyline twisted and turned and the travellers encountered more and more bizarre characters along the route. If I could recommend one Christmas read to tickle your funny bone this holiday season, it would be Dashing Through the Snow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the money - not up to Ms. Macombers usual quality. Poorly written, disjointed, difficult to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was interesting, but not one of Ms. Macombers novels. It was light and not worthy of FBI talents.
pnk- More than 1 year ago
good story but left too much out... room for more info on the detective and it should not have ended when it did... very disappointed in this book and I've read all her books. It's like she threw it together to make a little bit of money while writing a really good book
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Macomber had me in stitches throughout this entire novel! It was priceless to the n-th degree. The plot was unforgettable. The story that she has created not only bought the hectic vibe of the season to life, but she took me on an unmistakable journey. The plot twists and turns had me wondering how it would all turn out. She has developed a fantastic world in which characters come to life and adventure abounds, even if it is an unexpected one. The relationship between the main characters was hilariously ridiculous while also completely natural. I loved getting to know then as they got to know each other. The situation which Ash & Dash find themselves in really highlighted who they really are on the inside. The intricate character development left me feeling as if I really knew them. Macomber is the master of Christmas! This is the must read holiday novel of the season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
This was not one of my favorite Debbie Macomber book. It was too unrealistic that Homeland Security would spend that kind of time and effort on tracking down someone...and the way they attempted to apprehend someone with a certain name. And the fact that the name is such a common name is a little ridiculous. The main characters were irritating...Ashley is a little too annoying and Dash has an attitude that won't quit. What kind of person would drive off and leave a female alone at a rest area? The banter between the two characters and how the relationship suddenly evolves was not believable. I'm not a huge romance reader, but for audio books, some of Debbie Macomber books are entertaining. However, this one fell short of the mark.
Sharrah More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Couldnt put it down read the whole thing through!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of romance. The adventures of Ashley and Dash kept me smiling.
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CarolineA More than 1 year ago
The hotel I work for received a new shipment of books for the lobby. This book was one of them, so, seeing that I needed a few more holiday books to meet my 12 Days of Christmas book quota, I snagged a copy, devoured it in about 4 days, then returned it to work. This book is pure fluff. If you are in the mood for a cheesy, over the top, unrealistic, anything-that-can-go-wrong-does with a happily ever after, this is your book. The heroine, Ashley, is immature beyond words. She has a good heart, but sometimes I had to shake my head at some of the questionable things she said and did. Meanwhile the hero, Dash, went from Grade-A jerk to.... well, someone I could like. Together they had great chemistry, I'm guessing the author was going for a "they balance each other" thing, but I really don"t see how they could possibly work with how immature she was and stoic he was. Ultimately, if you're in the mood for a super fluffy, light, rom-com you might enjoy this book. (FYI, it's also a Hallmark movie. Which I haven't been able to find no Netflix to stream. Boo!)
TEXAS99 More than 1 year ago
Purchased the paperback at $7.99 which was way too much for this story - should have been a "freebie" e-book. The story started out strong and then went straight down hill - it was like the author did not know which way she wanted the story line to go - was it a holiday romance, a holiday mystery, a suspense novel - who knows? You have over 250 pages of a 3 day car ride with odd characters just thrown in, including being chased by FBI agents. It was very hard to finish, kept thinking it had to get better and it did not. The end seemed rushed like she got tired of writing and decided to just "solve" everything and they "live happily ever after??(maybe?)" - a very unsatisfying ending - like you were still in the middle of the story but it's THE END. Pass on this one.....
MysM More than 1 year ago
A Cozy Holiday Read Dashing Through the Snow is the first Debbie Macomber book I've read and a dash it certainly was. Ashley Davison, a grad student in San Francisco supporting herself by waitressing, has an unexpected opportunity to head home to Seattle for Christmas. Dash Sutherland (Dashiell named after Dashiell Hammett) is ex-army intelligence heading to Seattle for a job interview. It's December 21st and since flights are all booked, they end up sharing a rental car despite their obvious mutual annoyance with each other. Unbeknownst to either of them, FBI agent (surely the most inept agent in the world) Jordan Wilkes is convinced that Ashley is a terrorist the FBI has been seeking since a "home incident" three years ago. Even before the FBI closes in on them, they have met some unusual characters, had begun to discover common experiences, acquired a puppy, and run into various obstacles slowing their dash north. This is definitely a romance, full of humour, and disbelief at the way Agent Wilkes manages to twist every little detail into a plot. You'll want to light the fire, grab a hot cocoa, and curl up with a blanket, and you won't get up until you turn the last page. Definitely a cozy read.
JCgirl More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber's, Dashing Through the Snow is a delightful story for the Christmas season, but really is an outstanding read for anytime of the year. In the holiday season of 2015 Hallmark turned the book into a movie. I highly recommend not seeing the film because here is a perfect example of when television ruins a very pleasurable book, only sticking to about 1/4 of the book. But enough about the disaster that was the movie Dashing Through the Snow and more about the book. Debbie Macomber's book tells the story of Ashley Davison, a graduate student that works as a waitress in California. As luck turns out the restaurant that she works out is closing for the holiday and Ashley now hopes to make a surprise visit home to her mothers house in Seattle. Figuring that all she has to do is hop on a plane and be home before she knows, becomes not so easy when she is told she can't get on an airplane. Ashley to upset to find out why she "CAN'T" get a flight home, so instead she decides to rent a car. Little did Ashley know that she must be twenty-five years ago to rent a car. Entering into the picture at that moment is Dashiell Sutherland, an ex-military intelligence officer. Through a lot of persuading from Ashley, Dash finally decided to share the car with Ashley, since he has to be in Seattle for a job interview anyways. The adventure that follows is anything but normal. Will they ever make it to Seattle? Does Dash agree when Ashley wants to invite an extra passenger on their trip? Why does it seem like someone is follow them? Is Ashley really so sweet and innocent after all? Enjoy the ride as they dash through the snow on their road trip to a white Christmas in Seattle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat four different times trying to read this book and each time I just kept getting more bored and aggravated. I finally deleted it from my tablet to put myself out of my misery. I noticed this became a Hallmark movie this year also. Maybe in trying to write this story to fit this movie she lost her way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was hard to finish.
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I, too, laughed a lot throughout the story. The FBI interest added quite a twist to the story. Debbie Macomber continues to exhibit her writing and story telling talent. I thought the book was a bit short, but complete. LA-TXN