Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Review: "Alaskan Holiday," by Debbie Macomber

About the book:
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.

My thoughts:
Alaskan Holiday is typical Debbie Macomber -- clean romance, a touch of humor, and lots of charm. I felt a little cheated by the start of the story. It begins at the end of the summer when Josie is getting ready to leave Ponder and return to Seattle. We don't get to see Josie and Palmer's meeting or watch their love blossom over the summer. But this is essentially a novelette (although the book is 224 pages, it's a pocket-sized book), so I guess part of the story had to be cut. Nevertheless, I enjoyed getting to know the cranky but lovable Jack, the steady and quiet Palmer, and, of course, Josie, who thinks her future should look one way but finds that happiness lies in another direction. This is a feel-good story that will put a smile on your face and encourage you to add Debbie Macomber to your list of favorite authors.

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 lists, 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. Visit

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

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