Alaskan Holiday

Alaskan Holiday

by Debbie Macomber

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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.

“Picture-perfect . . . this charmer will please Macomber fans and newcomers alike.”—Publishers Weekly

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.

Praise for Alaskan Holiday
“[A] tender romance lightly brushed with holiday magic.”Library Journal
“[A] thoroughly charming holiday romance.”Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399181306
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 15,357
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Reading Group Guide

1. Palmer’s initial proposal does not go as planned. What does it say about his character that he was willing to take such a risk? What does it say about Josie?

2. Josie comes to love the stillness and tranquility of Ponder, making it her second home. Is there a place that you consider a sanctuary in your own life (perhaps, a longtime vacation spot)? Why is it important to you?

3. Though she is extremely reluctant to leave Palmer and Jack behind, Josie knows she must return to Seattle for the opportunity of a lifetime at Chez Anton. Discuss a time when your personal life conflicted with your career. What was the result?

4. Jack clearly adores Josie (and, of course, her cooking!). He also has a special bond with Palmer, even though the two sometimes bicker. Compare and contrast Jack’s relationships with both characters.

5. Josie’s cooking allows her to make meaningful connections with the residents of Ponder; Jack is especially partial to her moose stroganoff, for example. Is there a particular meal that holds meaning for you? Why?

6. Josie and her mother, Gina, are best friends, and are thrilled to reunite after Josie’s seven month-long stay in Ponder. Though they depend on one another, both women find love while apart. How do you see their mother-daughter relationship evolve throughout the novel?

7. How does Josie’s friendship with Angie affect her decision to reconsider Palmer’s proposal, both before she leaves Ponder and afterward, in Seattle? Do you have an Angie in your own life?

8. On Thanksgiving, Palmer is upset by the Facebook photo of Josie and Chef Anton. Is his reaction justified? Why or why not?

9. Back in Seattle, Josie realizes that she must move out of her mother’s home, noting that Gina is deserving of her own space and freedom—things she forfeited for a long time as a single mother. Describe a time you had to make a sacrifice for someone you love, or vice versa. How did it make you feel?

10. Ultimately, Josie realizes that her sous chef job isn’t as promising as she’d thought it would be. Do you believe she handled it well? Have you ever encountered a similar situation?

Customer Reviews

Alaskan Holiday 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was too simple and predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another sweet heart tugging story! One that makes us “ponder” our priorities and the choices we make that create the life we live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
too much money for no pages..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story! At the beginning I wasn't sure about the narrative but then the story took off.
SleepDreamWrite 5 months ago
This was a really good light read. From the story, setting and characters, especially Palmer is what makes this a cute read. Couldn't help but smile while reading this. Love the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment for what I expect from this author. The characters were not interesting and no passion. The book was very predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story but predictable.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber takes readers to Ponder, Alaska. Josie Avery has spent the last six months working as the chef at Caribou Lake Lodge. The season is over, and Josie is heading back to Seattle to start her new position as sous chef at Chef Douglas Anton’s new restaurant. Josie will miss Alaska, the freedom to create unique dishes with local game, Jack Corcoran who supplies game to the lodge and loves to eat, and will especially miss swordsmith, Palmer Saxon. Josie and Palmer spent many hours together during the season. But her mother is her only family and she lives in Seattle. Plus, working for Chef Anton is a wonderful opportunity and she has worked hard to obtain her culinary training. Palmer proposes the night before Josie departs, but she feels she cannot stay (though she is very tempted). The next morning, Josie awakens late and learns she missed the last ferry out of Ponder. Jack insists that this is Palmer’s chance to convince Josie to stay in their rustic town (and keep cooking her delicious food). When Josie finally departs for Seattle, the pair want to make their long distance relationship work. Palmer is willing to give Josie the time and space she needs. Reality gets in the way of their plans and a picture of Josie with the handsome chef awakens the green eyed monster in Palmer. Can the magic of Christmas find a way to bring these two star-crossed lovers together? Alaskan Holiday is a charming story. I loved Debbie Macomber’s descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness and the people who live in Ponder. Jack Corcoran’s is a delightful character. He is rough around the edges, but a softy inside. He loves to eat and wants to keep his favorite chef in Alaska. Jack provides plenty of humor in Alaskan Holiday. Josie has fallen for the quiet, rugged Palmer Saxon who is a master swordsmith. But she does not want to leave her mother alone in Seattle plus she has gotten her dream job of working for a big name chef. But if two people love each other, life has a way of working things out. Compromise is the key to any relationship. I thought Alaskan Holiday was well-written, with engaging characters and a good flow. While the story does have an expected outcome, it did not hinder my reading pleasure. Debbie Macomber has a way of drawing readers into her books and keeping them entertained. I am giving Alaskan Holiday 4 out of 5 stars. Alaskan Holiday is a light, feel good story which is just what we need during the holiday season.
CherryPie0420 More than 1 year ago
I've never thought about those that actually brave the bitter cold and make Alaska their home. Though fictitious, Alaskan Holiday gives you a glimpse into what Alaskan life can be like for some, and while I enjoy reading about the circumstances of others, there is no way I could trade my southern sun for all that snow. Palmer, the hunky Alaskan that cares for the simple things in life, has fallen for Josie, the career-focused Seattleite chef, that was only supposed to be in Ponder temporarily, but has extended her stay longer than expected due to extenuating circumstances. It is during this brief trip to Alaska that Palmer and Josie have developed a connection but, as is real life, it's complicated than that, and becomes even more so when Palmer asks Josie to marry him the night before she's supposed to head back to Seattle, where she has her dream job waiting. What follows is a tug of war of emotions between Palmer and Josie that is utterly charming, making it hard for us as the reader to not fall in love ourselves! The snowy setting is vivid and bright, coming alive for the reader as a true beauty to behold, and renewing my craving to one day travel to both Alaska and Seattle. Alaskan Holiday is a fun read, even though the holidays are over. The progression of the story is wonderful, the book being well written, and since I was able to read it while traveling during the holidays it made the story that much sweeter! You really do want to see these crazy kids figure out their prospective situations and find a way to be together. Shouldn't love always find a way?? *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House-Ballantine through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
Palmer, a master swordsmith who lives in Ponder Alaska is contemplating settling down. He is quickly approaching his thirties and feels that the time might be right to finally find himself a wife. Luckily for him he meets Josie, a sous chef at The Caribou Lake Lodge. However Josie is a native of Seattle and her job in Alaska is temporary an ending soon when the lodge closes for the winter. Josie is independent and is very dedicated to her work. She loves to cook and is great at managing. She manages to score a job working for a very famous chef in Seattle, but while she is waiting to start that job, she’s been in Ponder for six months working at the lodge. Even though Josie and Palmer seemed cute together, I didn't feel connected to the characters. I would have loved to watch their relationship bloom from their first meeting up until the end of the story. I think because I never got the chance to see the relationship grow, that hindered me from feeling connected to the characters and also from being invested in their relationship/outcome. The romance was okay but it just didn't make me swoon. The author made it seem like Palmer was a little socially awkward, however seeing his interactions with not only Josie but Jack and other townspeople as well, I didn't get that feeling. So the way he proposed to Josie at the beginning of the story seemed slightly out of character, even if he isn't a “romantic". But by the end Palmer redeemed himself in my eyes. Everyone got their happy ending and I was happy. The Epilogue was perfect! Interesting thing about this story is that it didn't feel very holiday-ish or Christmassy, despite the name. I wouldn't call it a Christmas romance since the holidays are glossed over in this story, but it does take place during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Alaskan Holiday is a light and fluffy contemporary romance perfect for readers who enjoy their love stories with HEA endings. RATING: 2½-3 out of 5. **Though I received this book on behalf of the Publisher, the thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.**
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber is one of my don't miss authors, especially at Christmas time. This is her Christmas story for 2018, however, it was not as Christmassy as most of her other books. I still enjoyed it a lot, as there was everything I have come to expect from her books; friendships, romance, some angst and finally a happily ever after. Josie takes a temporary job position as a chef in Ponder, Alaska, with plans to return home to Seattle for a job with a renowned chef when the town closed down in the fall. It’s a huge opportunity and Josie can’t wait, that is, until she falls for Palmer. Not only has she fallen for Palmer, but she has grown to love the town. Palmer loves her as well and asks her to stay in Ponder and marry him. Josie can’t just pass up this job opportunity of a lifetime. as well as missing her mother who is back in Seattle. Josie also isn’t sure if living in the remote town of Ponder will be fulfilling enough for her. Palmer, on the other hand, is sure Ponder is where he wants to stay. When Josie sleeps in on the morning she is supposed to leave, she misses the final ferry out until Spring. Will she find a way to get Seattle, or will Palmer be able to convince her to stay in Ponder so they can start a life together? As usual, I fell in love with the characters in this story. I was rooting for Josie and Palmer to get together and deal with whatever befell them. There were times I was frustrated with both Josie and Palmer, but was able to get over it after yelling at the book a few time. The setting of Ponder was beautiful. I loved the descriptions of laying back and watching the Northern Lights and the clear sky. The way the sounds were described and the animals pulled me in. The secondary characters had a life of their own. Jack, the old guide with the bottomless pit for a stomach, was hilarious. This was a relatively short story that I read quite quickly, but enjoyed a lot. I recommend it to anyone who loves Debbie Macomber's sweet, romantic, wholesome stories.
Thebooktrail-com More than 1 year ago
A lovely read over the cold winter period with a bit of romance to warm your heart. There’s the holiday feel and the cold outdoors … The town in Alaska (fictional) is called Ponder and Josie in this novel certainly has a lot of that to do! What about Palmer? He and Josie seem to be getting close. Local man Jack tries to bring them together but in his own way, which is a bit Frank Spencer in some ways and a bit Basil Fawlty in others. Does he have reasons for doing what he does? Setting is also something Debbie does really well and this remote, cold community in Alaska is no exception. You will feel you are there and will really want to stay there yourself. It’s a lovely place to be! Lack of ferries, lack of contact with the outside world gives city girl Josie even more to think about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a great read. I was so caught up in the book!
jaxlane More than 1 year ago
Holiday reads are my jam. Add in a Macomber book and it's time to snuggle in and read. I start my holiday reading in October and keep it going through the New Year as I love the HEA and holiday cheer brought on by these books. This book was no exception. I know Macomber is an author I can count on for a feel good read. In Alaskan Holiday, sous chef, Josie Avery, decides to spend the summer in Alaska working until her new job in Seattle begins. While there, she befriends two men who turn her life around, Jack Corcoran and Palmer Saxon. Josie and Palmer fall for one another and he proposes, but Josie just can't let this opportunity of a lifetime pass her by. With some bad timing, she misses the last plane out of Alaska for the season. She ultimately makes her way to Seattle where she begins working her dream job. The it still her dream job? Also, Jack is a hoot and he lives for Josie cooking. 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed getting to now these characters & I already miss them now that I’ve finished reading the story.
BookshopWB More than 1 year ago
Every Debbie Macomber book I've ever read has been enjoyable and well written. This is no exception. If you like romance in the Alaskan climate, Debbie Macomber delivers with memorable characters. Her settings are so descriptive they make you feel as though you are there. This book is one that will make you want to curl up under a blanket, get a hot cut of cocoa, and spend some time this holiday season with Josie and Palmer in Ponder, Alaska.
poohbearPA More than 1 year ago
Alaskan Holiday is a very sweet and cozy Christmas story guaranteed to brighten your day. I didn’t feel like it was very Christmas “type” but still very good. Alaskan Holiday is about a young woman who loves to cook. She wants nothing more then to work for a five star restaurant and work with a very well known chef to show her the way. Her name is Josie. Josie takes a summer job in Alaska working as the chef in the Ponder Alaskan hotel. While Josie is in Alaska she meets Palmer, who loves and has always lived in Alaska. Ponder is a very small town that pretty much has nothing in or around. Josie and Palmer become really good friends...Palmer has fallen in love with Josie, only Josie’s going back to Palmer try’s to stop Josie from leaving by asking her to marry him. She is very shocked and has no choice but to leave for Seattle....but Josie misses her boat out of Palmer....and that was the last boat leaving Ponder until the spring. Uh oh....what will happen? You’ll have to read it. :)) I know you’ll enjoy!!! Happy reading!!! :))
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
You really can't go wrong with a Debbie Macomber novel. When I think of holiday reads, I instantly think of Debbie Macomber. Thus the reason when I saw this new book I wanted to read it. The characters and the storyline are really good. While, Josie and Palmer don't spend a lot of time together; it just goes to show you that sex is not always required to make a great book. Although, Palmer was acting kind of like a jerk and being childish when he was ignoring Josie's texts. He is lucky that he did not totally ruin his chances with Josie before it was too late. Both Josie and Palmer did have some help in the form of friend, Jack. Maybe not the best help but well intended help. Speaking of Jack, he kept me laughing. His insatiable appetite and not so subtle nudging. As I stated, I loved the characters and the nice storyline. It made for some good reading. Once, I started reading I couldn't stop. This book is the perfect one to snuggle up by the fireplace and read. It really will get you into the holiday mood.
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
You really can't go wrong with a Debbie Macomber novel. When I think of holiday reads, I instantly think of Debbie Macomber. Thus the reason when I saw this new book I wanted to read it. The characters and the storyline are really good. While, Josie and Palmer don't spend a lot of time together; it just goes to show you that sex is not always required to make a great book. Although, Palmer was acting kind of like a jerk and being childish when he was ignoring Josie's texts. He is lucky that he did not totally ruin his chances with Josie before it was too late. Both Josie and Palmer did have some help in the form of friend, Jack. Maybe not the best help but well intended help. Speaking of Jack, he kept me laughing. His insatiable appetite and not so subtle nudging. As I stated, I loved the characters and the nice storyline. It made for some good reading. Once, I started reading I couldn't stop. This book is the perfect one to snuggle up by the fireplace and read. It really will get you into the holiday mood.
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
Head to Alaska in another wonderful story from Debbie Macomber. Alaskan Holiday is perfect for this time of year and will give you tons of warm and cozy feels. No one spins a holiday story like Debbie Macomber and this one gives a great glimpse of life in the Alaskan wilderness. The story line and characters are not ones you will soon forget.....especially, Jack!! :)