Alaskan Holiday
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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.Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins

Alaskan Holiday Details

TitleAlaskan Holiday
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherRandom House Audio
ISBN-139780525491712
Rating
GenreRomance, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Alaskan Holiday Review

  • Mischenko
    January 1, 1970
    Josie takes a temporary job position in Ponder, Alaska, with plans to return home to Seattle in six months once fall returns. She’s returning home and looks forward to starting a new job at a fancy restaurant while working alongside a renowned chef. It’s a huge opportunity and Josie can’t wait. The issue is that since she's been in Ponder, she’s grown quite fond of the place. She’s also been spending time with a local man named Palmer and she really cares for him. She doesn’t want to leave him a Josie takes a temporary job position in Ponder, Alaska, with plans to return home to Seattle in six months once fall returns. She’s returning home and looks forward to starting a new job at a fancy restaurant while working alongside a renowned chef. It’s a huge opportunity and Josie can’t wait. The issue is that since she's been in Ponder, she’s grown quite fond of the place. She’s also been spending time with a local man named Palmer and she really cares for him. She doesn’t want to leave him and he’s ready to marry her, but Josie can’t just pass up this job opportunity of a lifetime. She looks forward to heading back home where her mom is, but she’s torn between two worlds. Josie isn’t positive if living a remote life in Ponder will be fulfilling enough for her, while Palmer knows that Ponder is where his life is, and it’s where he wants to stay. Time passes quickly and Josie misses her chance to leave on the last ferry before traveling stops for the winter. Will she find a way back to Seattle, or will Palmer find a way to coax her to stay in Ponder so they can start a life together?I’d excepted early on that a long-term relationship with him would be problematic. Repeatedly I’d told myself that once I was back in Seattle, I’d be able to forget him. Now I wasn’t so sure I could make that happen. I really enjoy reading Debbie Macomber books, especially her Christmas stories. Although this one isn’t as Christmassy as I expected, it’s still a perfect holiday read for this time of year. I fell in love with the cold and snowy setting as they’re just heading into the winter season in Alaska. Plus, all the talk about food made me hungry for a hot meal on a cold day!“You baked bread today?” he asked, sitting on a stool inside the lodge kitchen while I browned the meat and sautéed the onions for his dinner. “I baked bread yesterday,” I reminded him.“It’s gone.”“Two loaves?” The man ate more than anyone I’d ever known.“I gave one loaf to Palmer,” he told me. “He was glad to get it, too.”I thought the plot and characters were both interesting. I fell in love with Palmer’s character and appreciated all of his patience and perseverance with their relationship. He’s willing to give Josie the time that she needs while still hoping to make things work no matter what, but he was never overbearing. I thought Jack was a nice additional character. He was funny and someone I think I would enjoy sitting down and having a meal with. I loved the support he offered Palmer too. I was a little confused with Josie at times because it didn’t seem like she was willing to give her all toward the relationship, but obviously her focus was starting her new career.I didn’t find the story too predictable and it was quite twisty. The book didn’t end how I expected it to either, which was nice. Overall, this is a heartwarming, short and sweet read for the holidays.4**** You can see my review @https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/...
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    4 quaint and cozy stars to Alaskan Holiday! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Sometimes you just need an easy, cozy story and an inviting setting is a bonus!My husband and I honeymooned in Alaska. If you’ve been there, too, you know why I’m drawn to anything that brings back a memory of it. Macomber’s Alaskan Holiday takes place in a remote and rustic lodge on a lake. Josie Avery is a sous chef, and she’s been hired to work at a fancy Seattle restaurant, but just before she starts, she decides to spend a summer cooking a 4 quaint and cozy stars to Alaskan Holiday! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Sometimes you just need an easy, cozy story and an inviting setting is a bonus!My husband and I honeymooned in Alaska. If you’ve been there, too, you know why I’m drawn to anything that brings back a memory of it. Macomber’s Alaskan Holiday takes place in a remote and rustic lodge on a lake. Josie Avery is a sous chef, and she’s been hired to work at a fancy Seattle restaurant, but just before she starts, she decides to spend a summer cooking at a lodge in Alaska. There she makes friends with two men, Jack Corcoran and Palmer Saxon. She and Palmer grow especially close, but Josie keeps in the back of her mind she’ll be leaving soon. Palmer has other plans and wants to marry her. Josie is not able to return to Seattle because of poor timing for the last boat out before winter, and she may lose her dream job. The holidays are extra magical in this small Alaskan town and a sweet story evolves for Josie and Palmer. Easy, breezy writing, a cozy and warm setting, the magical time of Christmas, and a couple looking to find love; Alaskan Holiday is a charming story from one of the most reliable authors out there, and this was just the type of palate cleanser I needed before I jump back in to some heavier reads. Thanks to Random House/Ballantine for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    A quick and amusing read perfect for this busy time of year. The winter setting paired with it actually being winter here had me snuggled up with a blanket and cup of tea as I settled in for an easy and fun read. With her beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness Debbie Macomber somehow manages to make living in a small and remote Alaskan town sound so appealing. The town residents all look out for each other and you really feel the sense of community. I wouldn’t mind reading more books w A quick and amusing read perfect for this busy time of year. The winter setting paired with it actually being winter here had me snuggled up with a blanket and cup of tea as I settled in for an easy and fun read. With her beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness Debbie Macomber somehow manages to make living in a small and remote Alaskan town sound so appealing. The town residents all look out for each other and you really feel the sense of community. I wouldn’t mind reading more books with these characters. One of my favorite characters in this community is Jack; he’s quirky and self-assured, kindhearted, and a true friend. Some of his ideas may be a little off-the-wall, but he definitely means well and is just trying to help those around him find happiness. I thought we might be in for a sequel after Jack’s infatuation, so I was a bit disappointed to learn I wouldn’t get to giggle at Jack’s antics as he tried to woo his love interest. That would have been a fun read! If you’re looking to take a break from preparing for the upcoming holidays, this cozy and light romance is the perfect book to relax and unwind with.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 a 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.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this story. It was a quick, easy, breezy read and sweet, too.Josie has finished culinary school and her dream job is in her future with a top chef, but that is six months away, so she accepts a job as a chef in small town in Ponder, AK. She enjoys her time there and will miss all of her new friends, especially Palmer, but is intent to leave to start her new career at the end of 6 months.Palmer is in love, he knows he needs to tell Josi I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this story. It was a quick, easy, breezy read and sweet, too.Josie has finished culinary school and her dream job is in her future with a top chef, but that is six months away, so she accepts a job as a chef in small town in Ponder, AK. She enjoys her time there and will miss all of her new friends, especially Palmer, but is intent to leave to start her new career at the end of 6 months.Palmer is in love, he knows he needs to tell Josie how he feels before she leaves, but manages to overwhelm her with a marriage proposal. While josie has strong feelings for Palmer, she is focused on her career and needs to follow through with her plan. The two try to manage their relationship long distance, but the distance is is too much and Palmer is feeling like he is losing Josie. The story comes together because this author had added comical supporting characters that give the story the right balance of humor and requited feelings to make the story sweet. This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to more from this author.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Alaskan Holiday was a sweet, quirky Alaskan romance with two interesting characters who took a little while to figure each other out! Palmer knew he liked Josie from the start, but being an Alaskan man raised far away from other people, expressing that wasn’t his forte. Josie’s dream was to put her culinary degree to work, and she wasn’t sure she could do that cooking up moose stew forever. So what are these two to do?I always love sweet Debbie Macomber romances around the holidays. This one won Alaskan Holiday was a sweet, quirky Alaskan romance with two interesting characters who took a little while to figure each other out! Palmer knew he liked Josie from the start, but being an Alaskan man raised far away from other people, expressing that wasn’t his forte. Josie’s dream was to put her culinary degree to work, and she wasn’t sure she could do that cooking up moose stew forever. So what are these two to do?I always love sweet Debbie Macomber romances around the holidays. This one won 5 cold Alaskan husky bonus points for the cold setting and quirky moose-meat factor! Plus, I really liked Jack as a side character. He was a hoot! In terms of the romance, we were also at 5 peppermint lattes. These two were just so sweet. I would say in terms of a holiday book… probably two snowmen, simply because compared to previous offerings like “Merry and Bright” this one isn’t super-Christmas-y, however, it’s got great foodie- and cool setting vibes, both in Seattle and Alaska, and is a great read all its own. Very much enjoyed. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I've only read one other title from Debbie Macomber which I didn't really care for either. I think it's a compatibility issue on my end...a bit too superficial for my personal taste but I can appreciate that other readers may have more positive experiences which I genuinely hope for anyone reading this review. It's a short love story with some sweet moments. The audiobook narration felt a bit slapstick which may add some humor for readers who are enjoying the story but for me it was a bit annoyi I've only read one other title from Debbie Macomber which I didn't really care for either. I think it's a compatibility issue on my end...a bit too superficial for my personal taste but I can appreciate that other readers may have more positive experiences which I genuinely hope for anyone reading this review. It's a short love story with some sweet moments. The audiobook narration felt a bit slapstick which may add some humor for readers who are enjoying the story but for me it was a bit annoying. Note: 2 stars means I thought it was just OK. Doesn't mean that I hated it. My favorite quote:N/A
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and enjoyed many of Debbie Macomber's books, but "Alaskan Holiday" wasn't one of my favorites. I appreciated the book's message regarding the necessity of compromise in building a successful relationship, but that was one of the only aspects of the story that really resonated with me. For a couple of reasons, I had a hard time connecting with the main characters, Palmer and Josie. First, it felt as if I was starting in the middle of their story because by the time the book begins, Jo I have read and enjoyed many of Debbie Macomber's books, but "Alaskan Holiday" wasn't one of my favorites. I appreciated the book's message regarding the necessity of compromise in building a successful relationship, but that was one of the only aspects of the story that really resonated with me. For a couple of reasons, I had a hard time connecting with the main characters, Palmer and Josie. First, it felt as if I was starting in the middle of their story because by the time the book begins, Josie and Palmer have already known each other for six months and are supposed to be in love. However, it's hard to get a sense of their connection when we don't get to see their relationship develop from the start. They really didn't seem to have much in common, and it was hard for me to figure out what they saw in each other. Second, I just couldn't relate to their desire to live in the middle of nowhere, Alaska. That isn't the author's fault, and she did a good job in the second half of the book showing the positives of Ponder's way of life. It's not a place I could ever imagine myself living, though, which made the whole idea of Josie's potentially settling there hard for me to swallow.I also found a lot of the secondary characters to be annoying and overly pushy. Jack, in particular, bothered me. All he seemed to do was demand that Josie cook for him, until he basically lost his mind and "fell in love" with Josie's mom at first sight. (Thank goodness that went nowhere.) He acted more like a spoiled 5-year-old boy than a 50-year-old man. If I were Josie, I would have told Jack to take a hike long before he ever came to visit her in Seattle. (What was up with Jack tagging along on that trip, anyway? Who wants a third wheel on a trip to visit their girlfriend, whom they haven't seen in weeks?)Overall, this wasn't a terrible book, but it wasn't great, either. Given a choice between "Alaskan Holiday" and one of Macomber's Cedar Cove novels, I'd choose Cedar Cove without hesitation.*ARC provided by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Alaskan HolidayDebbie MacomberWow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading ALASKAN HOLIDAY by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Josie and Palmer after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on o Alaskan HolidayDebbie MacomberWow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading ALASKAN HOLIDAY by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Josie and Palmer after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartache a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter.ALASKAN HOLIDAY is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Palmer and Josie and all the secondary characters. Josie is only supposed to be chef at the lodge for the summer. When the season is over she is supposed to catch the ferry with everyone and leave. Well, that doesn't happen! ALASKAN HOLIDAY is a heart tugging story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! You also won't be able to stop yourself from laughing at Jack and his schemes!ALASKAN HOLIDAY is without a doubt one of the my top books I've read in 2019 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Josie and her dream job! I really wanted her to fly back to Ponder, Alaska and Palmer. How could she walk away from him? Debbie Macomber really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that brings me so much joy and happiness to know they are waiting for me!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    As always, Debbie Macomber writes another wonderful book for the holidays. A quick read that I enjoyed!! It’s a dream of mine to visit Alaska one day!!
  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    January 1, 1970
    I used to read Debbie Macomber when I was younger and since it's the holidays I thought I'd try this book. But I think I'm officially done with DM. This was a cute read, but nothing special. Her characters are like idiots sometimes and it's unnerving.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    A bit cheesy and predictable, but filled with Debbie Macomber's usual wit and charm. Will make a cute Hallmark movie.3.5 stars
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    There's just something about a nice clean love story at Christmas, and Debbie Macomber knows how to write them. Josie goes to work as a seasonal chef for an Alaskan lodge just below the arctic circle. She meets Palmer, a sword-maker. He pierces her heart. He proposes the night before she is to leave, but she needs a chance to be Chef Anton's sous chef. She misses her plane that will eventually take her back to Seattle, but Palmer arranges for her to get back to Seattle. Palmer's older friend Jac There's just something about a nice clean love story at Christmas, and Debbie Macomber knows how to write them. Josie goes to work as a seasonal chef for an Alaskan lodge just below the arctic circle. She meets Palmer, a sword-maker. He pierces her heart. He proposes the night before she is to leave, but she needs a chance to be Chef Anton's sous chef. She misses her plane that will eventually take her back to Seattle, but Palmer arranges for her to get back to Seattle. Palmer's older friend Jack is the biggest fan of Josie's cooking and tries to help Jack come up with ways to win her back. Will they succeed? I'm sure you already know it's a "happily ever after ending," but I'll let you discover how it unfolds.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful cover! A heartwarming story of life and love. A well written story with a great cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry. I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end. Read it today to go on an amazing Alaskan Adventure!
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  • Mellie Antoinette
    January 1, 1970
    Josie loves Palmer. Palmer asks Josie to marry him. But Palmer lives in BFE Alaska. So Josie says sure if you move to Seattle. Wonder how it’s gonna work out? Give it a read!
  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet little read for Christmas, but for some reason I found one of the best characters was one of the supporting cast, Jack.It was fun. But not one of the author's best.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This author's books always make me smile! When I was chosen to receive this book to read and review, I knew I was in for a treat! And I got it. The story is about a big city girl falling for an Alaskan country guy. It includes descriptions of the beautiful Alaskan landscape and the issues that confront the couple together and individually. I loved each and every chapter.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballentine for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review This author's books always make me smile! When I was chosen to receive this book to read and review, I knew I was in for a treat! And I got it. The story is about a big city girl falling for an Alaskan country guy. It includes descriptions of the beautiful Alaskan landscape and the issues that confront the couple together and individually. I loved each and every chapter.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballentine for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
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  • Laurene
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful Christmas story!
  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber gives us a sweet story of love, but also fulfilling your life dreams. As we read the author gives us both sides of the dilemma that now hounds these two, the beginnings of love.We also get to see through their eyes the beauty of this desolate land and how these people cope year-round.There is a theme of food here, and you’re going to love the character of Jack. This story will keep you page turning and wanting more once that final page is turned.I received this book from Net Gall Debbie Macomber gives us a sweet story of love, but also fulfilling your life dreams. As we read the author gives us both sides of the dilemma that now hounds these two, the beginnings of love.We also get to see through their eyes the beauty of this desolate land and how these people cope year-round.There is a theme of food here, and you’re going to love the character of Jack. This story will keep you page turning and wanting more once that final page is turned.I received this book from Net Galley and the Publisher Ballantine Books, and was not required to give a positive review
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie has done it again. She can make me feel like I am right there in the setting of a story. I have a easy time finishing her books in less than a few hours. Such charming characters that you can't let go of and Jack has got to be the quirkiest by far my favorite. So jump in your favorite reading chair, grab a warm toasty blanket, hot cocoa and enjoy this fun read.My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Madeline K. Worrell
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t wait for the Christmas season to read this little holiday book. As always Debbie Macomber writes a delightfully fun romance! I loved the characters and the setting. I hope she comes out with some more Alaskan adventures.
  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber is one of my favourite authors, I've read and reviewed A Girls Guide To Moving On and Dashing Through The Snow. Now I've read Alaskan Holiday which is beautifully romantic. What I liked about this story is it does make you hope that there will be a happy ever after ending. Palmer is an Alaskan man who has never been anything like romantic. Josie Stewart is working temporary in a lodge in Alaska. After six months of Josie working at the lodge it is about to close for the winter, w Debbie Macomber is one of my favourite authors, I've read and reviewed A Girls Guide To Moving On and Dashing Through The Snow. Now I've read Alaskan Holiday which is beautifully romantic. What I liked about this story is it does make you hope that there will be a happy ever after ending. Palmer is an Alaskan man who has never been anything like romantic. Josie Stewart is working temporary in a lodge in Alaska. After six months of Josie working at the lodge it is about to close for the winter, which means Josie can then return back home to her mother. But when Palmer realises Josie is about to leave the lodge forever he finally just about finds courage to ask Josie to marry him. The story keeps you guessing if this will be trip of a lifetime for Josie and a Christmas to remember Or will Josie refuse to marry Palmer and go back home to her mother? Please read this your fall in love all over again.
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  • Gale
    January 1, 1970
    It was a fun holiday read, what I've come to expect in a DM book. I liked it.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars rounded up.I had both the audiobook and the hardcover. I started with the audio. The way the male narrator did Jack's voice was so grating to me that I couldn't listen to it. I started to enjoy it a bit more once I switched to the hardcover. I think (in either version) it just takes a while to get into this one. I understand the desire to keep a lighter Christmas read short, but the book cuts off the whole first seven months of Palmer and Josie's relationship and just jumps right in to 2.5 stars rounded up.I had both the audiobook and the hardcover. I started with the audio. The way the male narrator did Jack's voice was so grating to me that I couldn't listen to it. I started to enjoy it a bit more once I switched to the hardcover. I think (in either version) it just takes a while to get into this one. I understand the desire to keep a lighter Christmas read short, but the book cuts off the whole first seven months of Palmer and Josie's relationship and just jumps right in to the long-term planning. It was hard to care whether or not they continued their relationship when we were never very invested to begin with. Once I finally got into it, it was a pleasant enough read.
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  • Terri Wino
    January 1, 1970
    Quick, charming little book. It was a little different in that the characters spent more time apart than together. Getting parts of the story from both Palmer and Josie's perspectives helped me feel more connected to the characters, as well as helping to feel the connection between the two of them.
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  • Debby Long
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of "to do" about nothing! This would have worked as a 1 page short story instead it was the same story you have read a million times stretch in to a 4 hour read. Maybe it was a Hallmark Christmas movie forced into a book?
  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    Alaskan Holiday is the latest holiday offering by prolific author Debbie Macomber. Newly trained chef Josie Avery has taken a job for the summer season at the Brewster’s lodge in the village of Ponder, Alaska. While she falls in love with the area, the back woods characters, the peace and quiet, and, especially, local master sword smith Palmer Saxon, she knows she will only be in Ponder for the summer. Come the end of the season Josie will be heading back to her home in Seattle to begin her drea Alaskan Holiday is the latest holiday offering by prolific author Debbie Macomber. Newly trained chef Josie Avery has taken a job for the summer season at the Brewster’s lodge in the village of Ponder, Alaska. While she falls in love with the area, the back woods characters, the peace and quiet, and, especially, local master sword smith Palmer Saxon, she knows she will only be in Ponder for the summer. Come the end of the season Josie will be heading back to her home in Seattle to begin her dream job as sous chef at the new Chez Anton restaurant.Due to many things, Josie misses the last ferry out after declining Palmer’s proposal. But Palmer puts his efforts into helping Josie realize her goals without regard to his own heartache. Palmer arranges for a bush pilot friend to collect Josie the next time he is in the area, getting her back to Seattle to take her new job.While they had promised to call and text every day, as time went by the calls and texts became less. Josie is working 16 hour days. Palmer is diligently completing a commissioned civil war sword, and time becomes a divisive force.But when Palmer and hunting guide Jack surprise Josie at the restaurant, the story takes a big turn. What happens next makes the story a holiday delight.Debbie Macomber has once again spun a lovely and heartwarming story with endearing characters and delightful conclusions. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it!
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  • Christie
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, quick read for the winter/holiday season if you can overlook the whiny main characters.
  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    I've only read one other Debbie Macomber book, but it was last year's Christmas release. It was heartwarming and sugary holiday goodness that I wanted more of. Add in that this one was set in Alaska and Luke Daniels was one of the narrators? I was all in.Palmer grew up in a remote and small Alaskan town which left him well-prepared for simple and wild wilderness living, but not so much when it came to falling for a big city woman who has her eyes on a culinary prize working for a renowned chef i I've only read one other Debbie Macomber book, but it was last year's Christmas release. It was heartwarming and sugary holiday goodness that I wanted more of. Add in that this one was set in Alaska and Luke Daniels was one of the narrators? I was all in.Palmer grew up in a remote and small Alaskan town which left him well-prepared for simple and wild wilderness living, but not so much when it came to falling for a big city woman who has her eyes on a culinary prize working for a renowned chef in her home town of Seattle. Josie had come to the local lodge to be the chef for the summer and it was over the summer when Palmer fell in love. The night before she needs to leave on the last boat out (literally), Palmer delivers an awkward, heartfelt proposal and, as much as she likes him, she says no because her dream is not in small town Alaska. Then she misses the boat and it is to the man she shot down that she must beg help to find a way back to Seattle in time not to lose the opportunity to work her dream job. Palmer loves her so of course he breaks his own heart and finds a way so she can go.Christmas magic and an old adage of distance and fondness might be just what this pair need to find their way back together.Alaskan Holiday is a shorter novel that took little time at all to enjoy. It jumped into the story well after the beginning and middle of the romance. That threw me off a tad and it basically starts with a break up of sorts thought it is tempered into a tentative long distance relationship. Like the previous story, this is a light and comfy sweet story. I enjoyed it for a lovely holiday escape. The Alaskan setting and that small town. Quirky characters, particularly old Jack, are my thing. I won't say it dug deep or was as well-developed as I like, but it hit the spot for my mood. Palmer and Josie made a good couple and I liked them, but the romance wasn't my biggest draw as much as the overall story.The narration team of Luke Daniels and Laurel Rankin were great. I thought they portrayed their characters and the tone of the story well. Jack might have been an over the top character, but I'm also pretty sure he would have been that way in just print. I thought the audio added more enjoyment for me and, though Laurel Rankin was a first, I would add her to my list of narrators like Luke Daniels that I already enjoy and seek out their work.All in all, it was a foodie lovers dream with all the food and the holiday feels and Alaskan settings had me envious and wanting my own Alaskan Holiday. For those who want a sweet and easy, engaging holiday contemporary romance, this is a lovely option.My thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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