About the book: An uplifting Christmas tale, set in the Alaskan wilderness, about finding love where it’s least expected–from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who’s one of America’s most beloved storytellers.
Before beginning her new job as sous chef at one of Seattle’s finest restaurants, Josie Stewart takes on a six-month position cooking at a lodge in an Alaskan lake town. It’s only temporary–or so she thinks, as she becomes a valued part of the local community, falling in love with the people who call the Klutina Lake home. But one man, in particular, stands out among Josie’s new friends: Palmer Saxon, a quiet, intense sword craftsman, whose very existence forces her to question whether her heart wants to return to Washington at all.
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christmas Fiction
My thoughts: Recently it seems as if I have a had a love/hate relationship with this author’s work. This book falls somewhere in the “meh” zone. I didn’t dislike the book but I didn’t love it either. The story seems a bit cliche with a big city woman falling for a small town (or in this case middle of nowhere in Alaska) man. It was a bit of awkward reading at the beginning and I feel like the story really didn’t get interesting until almost the end.
The beginning of this story had me checking my Kindle to make sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped pages. It seemed as if the story had started before the book began. These characters had already developed a relationship during the six months they knew each other prior to the beginning of the novel. Somehow, this made me feel left out. I also felt like the pace of the story was off and it didn’t have a nice flow to it. I was almost left wondering if this wasn’t an early book from this author that had been released again after getting a new cover.
As to the characters, well Palmer seemed a bit too awkward and I really didn’t find myself enamored of Josie. Jack was a character I just wasn’t sure about. While he seemed like someone I could grow to like, some of his actions were just too over the top. There isn’t a large cast of characters in this book either which made finding ones to connect to a bit difficult.
All in all, this was an ok story. However, I think I would recommend any of the author’s other Christmas novels over this one. While it had a cute cover and a good premise it just wasn’t one of my favorites from Macomber.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author:
In 2018, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Cottage by the Sea (July) and Alaskan Holiday (October). Macomber is also releasing a new cookbook titled Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.
She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.