by Debbie Macomber
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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.
I love to kick off the holiday season with Debbie Macomber’s holiday novel. This year, Alaskan Holiday was a mix of romance, growth and humor. Grab your hot cocoa and enjoy this sweet, simple story nestled in the remote town of Ponder, Alaska.
When the story begins, it is the end of the Alaskan summer and our heroine, Josie Stewart is getting ready to return home and begin her career as a sous chef in one of Seattle’s finest restaurants. She has spent the past six months working as the cook for the lodge in Ponder Alaska. Local resident and sword craftsman, Palmer Saxon is trying to work up the courage to ask Josie to marry him and stay in Alaska. The two have enjoyed a wonderful summer together and he cannot imagine life without her.
We kind of came into the story at the end of a summer romance. In a typical romance, we would have gotten the summer romance and ended with the proposal. Instead, we get a realistic story that begins at the decision. Because, let‘s face it- leaving one’s life behind to start a new life, particularly in a harsh (yet, amazingly beautiful) climate such as Ponder isn’t easy.
I fell in love with Ponder Alaska and the folks there. Jack, a town local made me grin with his constant hunger and talk of food. His advice on women and relationships was hilarious. Poor, Palmer is a reserved guy. He has zero experience with relationships and oh boy… everyone meddles and comes to his aid.
Alaskan Holiday is a story of love, faith, finding one’s self and taking a chance. Sometimes your five-year plan isn’t what you wanted at all. The story was magical, with snow, lush landscape and humor. The romance was slow-burning and felt genuine.
If you are looking for a fast, sweet, memorable story to kickoff your holiday season, Alaskan Holiday is the perfect place to start.
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