Published by Ballantine Books on October 2, 2018
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An uplifting Christmas tale, set in the Alaskan wilderness, about finding love where it's least expected--from the #1
New York Times
bestselling author who's one of America's most beloved storytellers.
Before beginning her new job as sous chef at one of Seattle's finest restaurants, Josie Stewart takes on a six-month position cooking at a lodge in an Alaskan lake town. It's only temporary--or so she thinks, as she becomes a valued part of the local community, falling in love with the people who call the Klutina Lake home. But one man, in particular, stands out among Josie's new friends: Palmer Saxon, a quiet, intense sword craftsman, whose very existence forces her to question whether her heart wants to return to Washington at all.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
ALASKAN HOLIDAY, the latest novel by best-selling author Debbie Macomber, is a heartwarming, sweet romance which will have even die-hard city girls wanting to move to the Alaskan wilderness. It’s a quick read with delightful characters, and like all Debbie Macomber novels, it would make a great Hallmark movie.
Josie Avery just graduated from culinary school and has already snagged her dream job: sous-chef in a new Seattle restaurant working under renowned chef Douglas Anton. The restaurant won’t be ready for several months, so Josie takes a summer job cooking in a lodge in Ponder, a small village in the Far North of Alaska. She enjoys the freedom she has to try new things in the kitchen, and she also enjoys the many different people she has met, especially master swordsmith Palmer Saxon. As much as she likes her life in Ponder, she can’t wait to get back to start her new career in Seattle at the end of the season.
Palmer Saxon has always lived in Ponder and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Ponder is full of outdoorsmen and women are scarce, and he knew that Josie was the one for him the minute he met her. After spending most of their free time together throughout the summer, Palmer realizes he can’t bear to let Josie go back to Seattle. With the inept encouragement of Jack, another die-hard Ponderite, Palmer proposes to Josie. While things don’t go exactly as he had hoped, fate steps in to give him another chance. Is there a chance that Josie could be happy living with him in Ponder? She may have no choice.
Palmer and Josie are both very likeable, well-written characters. It’s easy to gain insight into their personalities and their emotions because each chapter is written in the first person, alternating viewpoints from Palmer to Josie. The wonderful secondary characters add depth and texture, especially grumpy old Jack who wants Josie to stay in Ponder just to cook for him!
I enjoyed getting to know Ponder, the small town that is accessible only by ferry and seaplanes. It’s a way of life completely foreign to me, but the author makes it intriguing and romantic. From the northern lights to the various wildlife, experiencing the Far North of Alaska has been added to my bucket list. I do think, however, that I’ll skip the moose stroganoff!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.