Title: Alaskan Holiday
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Page Count: 256
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.
Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community—including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder’s famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith.
Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Palmer, on the other hand, would like nothing better than to make Josie his wife and to keep her in Ponder. But Josie can’t imagine abandoning her mother back in the Emerald City and sacrificing her career to stay in this isolated town—not even for a man she’s quickly coming to love.
Fate has other plans. Josie misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, stranding her in Ponder and putting her dream job at risk. As the holidays approach, Josie and Palmer must grapple with the complications that arise when dreams confront reality, and the Christmas magic that can happen when they put their faith in love.
Debbie Macomber is at her best in this beautiful holiday story about the far journeys we travel to find a place to call home.
Josie Avery has always wanted nothing other than to become a chef and after a summer cooking at a remote lodge in Alaska Josie is ready to head to her dream opportunity. An offer from a famous chef had come in for Josie to study under him in his restaurant in Seattle and with her bags packed and ready Josie never expected to be on the receiving end of the world’s most awkward proposal.
Palmer Saxon had fallen in love with Josie over the summer with her working at the lodge and knows he needs to act fast before she leaves the remote town. Josie however wasn’t prepared for Palmer’s proposal and knows she can’t pass up the opportunity in Seattle. But will Josie’s dream job live up to her expectations or is her future really back in Alaska with Palmer?
Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber is another wonderful contemporary romance set over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It took a minute to warm up to Palmer in this one but soon I found myself enjoying all of the characters including those surrounding Josie and Palmer. With a few laughs and some heartfelt moments the story quickly reminded me of why I became a fan of the author and I’d definitely recommend checking it out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Debbie Macomber, the author of Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.