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Alaskan Holiday : A Novel
2018
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Josie Avery (Female), Chef, Takes a summer position at a lakeside cottage; returning home to Seattle in the fall;
Palmer Saxon (Male), Swordsman, Becomes close friends with Josie;
Genre
Fiction
Romance
Topics
Chefs
Christmas
Holidays
Mothers and daughters
Love
Setting
Alaska - West (U.S.) / Pacific Northwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Macomber (Cottage by the Sea) brings her signature charm to this appealing tale of an aspiring chef and a taciturn, small-town sword maker. When lifelong Seattleite Josie Avery takes a short-term cooking job in remote Ponder, Alaska, she's simply marking time until her job as a sous chef at a hot new Seattle restaurant begins. Meanwhile, lifelong Alaskan Palmer Saxon is perfectly content in his tiny lakeside community north of the Arctic Circle-until he falls head over heels for its temporary resident. Creating picture-perfect small towns packed with salt-of-the-earth characters is Macomber's forte, and her foray into the wilds of Alaska is no different as she explores Josie and Palmer's deep feelings for each other. Macomber takes the risky step of beginning the novel with Josie declining Palmer's marriage proposal, making it work by skillfully illustrating how life can surprise and delight even the most planned-out of futures-and how dreams can backslide into nightmares. A quirky cast of supporting characters-particularly Palmer's gruff, always-hungry sidekick, Jack-add color, and an expected happily-ever-after provides a resoundingly satisfying coda. This charmer will please Macomber fans and newcomers alike. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "[Debbie] Macomber brings her signature charm to this appealing tale of an aspiring chef. . . . This charmer will please Macomber fans and newcomers alike."-- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it's least expected. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Debbie Macomber is at her best in this beautiful holiday story about the far journeys we travel to find a place to call home.
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