Alaskan Holiday

Alaskan Holiday

Friends, the latest book I read, another Christmas theme, is Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber. I admire the author’s ability to churn out more than one novel a year. Good news for the fans, obviously! I read her Cottage by the Sea not too long ago. Honestly, I like some of her novels more than others. The Rose Harbor series was good. One I really like was Any Dream Will Do. The last woman fiction (also billed as mystery) I read (post), as you’ll recall, I didn’t like that much. However, this is from an author I’ve read before and it also happens to be a Christmas novel. So, here we are. This Alaskan Holiday is a story about Josie and Palmer.

What it’s about

To fill her time and make some money before starting her dream job as sous chef for a well-known chef in Seattle, Josie Avery works as a cook at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Aside from the rustic charms that attracts her, she also likes the people in Ponder and falls for one particular swordsmith, Palmer Saxon.

Josie knows in her head that she needs to return to Seattle and begins the career that she’s worked so hard for, but her heart is telling her otherwise. So when Palmer proposes on the night before she is scheduled to leave, she denies for obvious reasons. However, it puts her heart in turmoil. Whether by luck or by fate, she misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, meaning she’s stuck in Ponder.

Just when Josie thinks all is lost, Palmer comes to the rescue. He offers to contact someone who would be able to fly her back to Seattle in a few days’ time. She asks in amazement, “You’d do that?” To which he responds, “I said I would.” In his head, he’s thinking, “As much as I wanted Josie in Ponder, I couldn’t, wouldn’t, manipulate events so she’d be forced to stay. I appreciated her talents as a chef–her passion, her drive, her creativity. After all, she’s an artist like myself.

Josie gets to start her dream job in Seattle and Palmer stays in Ponder. They promise to keep in touch. Of course, as romance novel goes, they end up together.

So, what changed?

Of course, I’m not telling you exactly what changed Josie’s mind. Or, for that matter, if Palmer changed at all? I will tell you that an advice from a friend in Ponder makes her think again about life in a small town.

I gave it a three star, actually, should be three-and-a-half. It’s still a good Christmas novel.

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