Romancing The Snow
Bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s latest, Alaskan Holiday, is a lightweight romance, a quick-read-and-forget sort of novel about an aspiring chef, Josie Avery, who takes up a short-term job of cooking in a resort in Ponder, a remote Alaskan town. She befriends the shy and quiet Palmer Saxon, who lives alone and makes beautiful swords to order.
Till Josie arrived, Palmer was content with his life in Ponder. He falls madly in love with Josie, and is encouraged by his gluttonous friend, Jack Corcoran, to propose marriage to her. Josie is attracted to Palmer, but does not want to give up her ambition and her busy life in Seattle to be stuck in Ponder, which is snowed under and inaccessible for the better part of the year.
She misses the last ferry out of Ponder before the town shuts down for the winter, and after her anger dies down, she is zforced to spend time with Palmer and Jack, and faces a dilemma—whether she should sacrifice her hard-won career opportunities for love, or give up a unique man like Palmer for the chance to work with a famous chef. Macomber describes the dreamy beauty of Alaska, but the love story has predictable up and downs and ends exactly like it is expected to. Not one of Macomber’s better books.