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Alaskan Holiday

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  7,259 ratings  ·  1,083 reviews
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
Audio CD, Unabridged, 5 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Random House Audio
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fiction
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Debbie Oliphant
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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
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 ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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, ...more
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
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.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Alaskan Holiday

Debbie Macomber

Wow, 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
Sherri Thacker
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!!
A bit cheesy and predictable, but filled with Debbie Macomber's usual wit and charm. Will make a cute Hallmark movie.
3.5 stars
3.5 stars

“This was the thing with Josie. She was easy to talk to, easy to be with, and even easier to love.”
- Palmer Saxon

* * *
“There’s adjustments a man needs to make for a woman who’s captured his heart.”
- Jack

* * *
“life was great. I was blessed. My Alaskan holiday had turned into so much more than I’d ever dreamed it could be.”
- Josie Stewart
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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!
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 #ripcarollspinney
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.
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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful Christmas story!

Maureen Timerman
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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
The Story Girl
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, 1-star, winter
You'd think a story about a swordsmith and a sous chef in Alaska would be captivating, but this book was rather cringe-worthy. It's listed as a romance, but starting out, the characters are supposedly already in "love," and Palmer is ready to propose just to keep Josie from getting back to her life in Seattle, and it only gets worse from there.

"You're beautiful," he read. "I want you to know when I look at you all I see is beauty."

Well, that was nice, although unexpected. "Thank you, Palmer."

Joann M
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Debbie, Debbie,

I had some trouble with this book. I love you dearly however there were municipal problems I had right away that it made it almost impossible to finish the book. I didn't like the way this book jumped into a almost finished relationship. I just didn't feel the love. I really didn't like Palmer. The book was a little goofy. ( I know, I know you do goofy but I didn't expect it in this book ) The end was a bit better than the beginning. I'm giving this a solid 2.5 stars... Debbie
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, audiobook
Cute, quick read for the winter/holiday season if you can overlook the whiny main characters.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Again Macomber did not disappoint. This is a must read this season for my book loving friends.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a fun holiday read, what I've come to expect in a DM book. I liked it.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
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
Terri Wino
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
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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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York ...more
“Pride is important to a man, but it isn’t everything. When it comes to the right woman, a man needs to be willing to swallow his ego every now and then.” 3 likes
“I’d come to appreciate the sounds of silence. I’d grown accustomed to the stillness of Ponder, where one could hear the snow being blown off the tree limbs by the wind, the distant cry of a caribou, and the crackle of the Northern Lights.” 2 likes
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