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Alaskan Holiday

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  10,858 ratings  ·  1,493 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 charm
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Ballantine Books
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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 cooki
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2018
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
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 a
Debbie Oliphant
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'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 ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
This is a Christmas Romance/Chick-lit. Debbie Macomber is know for her Christmas book. I love books by Debbie Macomber, but this one was not one of my favorites. I liked it, but I did not love it. I have read so much better Christmas story she has written. (*)
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, Jo ...more
Bonnie DeMoss
I listened to the audiobook version of this book. The actual story is a simple, predictable formula romance that gets 2.5 stars.

There are two narrators on this audiobook. Laurel Rankin narrates the chapters done from Josie’s point of view and Luke Daniels narrates from Palmer’s point of view. Rankin does a good job and gets 4 stars. Daniel’s narration is over-animated and the characters are exaggerated. His portrayal of Jack, an older man, makes him sound like a 90 year old cartoon character. R
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. ...more
The Story Girl
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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, Pal
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!!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 o
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

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“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
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful Christmas story!

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
Anna (bibliophiles_bookstagram)
It is no surprise that this book took me 24 hours. The story is cute...and nothing more. There is little (no) depth to the story (more depth in a Hallmark movie), but that doesn’t meant it isn’t enjoyable. I wish I liked the straightforward, simple prose. But I didn’t:( And I’m the first to admit that every Hallmark movie is the same—this was no exception, but there just wasn’t enough in the plot to keep me going.

Maybe part of the problem is that the setting (small, quaint town Alaska) was BARE
Maureen Timerman
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Gall
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vomit. Gag.

Debbie Macomber knows her fans and they will eat this up but I'm over it.
 Readaholic Jenn
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I didn't like this one as much as some of Debbie Macomber's other books but it's still a good book. ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Alaska is a huge territory and some spots are pretty remote only accessible by small plane, excepting the touristy spots. I was lucky enough to have a client in Anchorage and get to work there a few weeks out of the year. I got to travel to Denali, see Reindeer in a gated enclosure in someone's yard, eat halibut pizza, search the whole time for a Moose and find one on someone's lawn on the last day of our trip.
It is a beautiful area with the animal that terrifies me the most but luckily it was n
★¸. • * ° *Jillie Anne * ° *•.¸☆
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 di
Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I always suspend expectations when it comes to a light, holiday books or movie, but this book is awful.

We join where the couple is already a couple, so none of the cute, awkward meetings and attraction.

Josie has to leave her summer job to pursue her dream job. Palmer proposes and wants her to stay.

Josie - “he is so handsome, I can’t stop thinking of him, but I have do this”. Lather, rinse, repeat

Palmer - “she is beautiful, I can’t stop thinking of her, but I have to let her go.” L
Joann M
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Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Actually living in Alaska and understanding how Alaska lodges etc work made this book intolerable. Sorry not sorry but living here far outshines this weak, superficial attempt at using Alaska as an exotic local.
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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 Time ...more

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