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.
Genre: Christmas Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Goodreads Rating: 3.63
Why I Chose This Book
I love Debbie’s books! They always make me smile. They are so charming and sweet. So of course I had to read this one!
First Initial Thoughts
Josie is a young woman who is interning as a chef in Alaska during the last 6 months in Alaska. She is originally from Seattle and is not use to being away from her mother so long. She then gets the opportunity to work for a Chef in Seattle. But she meets a man named Palmer and they form a relationship over those 6 mos. I didn’t really know what to think of Josie at first. She was really focused on her career so I kind of felt for Palmer when she rejected his proposal.
Palmer is a sword maker in Alaska and doesn’t see himself living anywhere else. He decides to propose to Josie so that she stays in Alaska. He can’t imagine her leaving! I found it kind of sweet but a little too soon. I don’t see why they could have done a long distance relationship for a little while. But I also could understand that Palmer would never want to live in Seattle, and Josie doesn’t have a desire to live in such a small town.
Alaska- the one state that I really want to visit one day. It just sounds and looks so beautiful! Debbie definitely does a good job portraying Alaska and how desolate it can be out there during the winter. I also can’t imagine living in a place that has 22 hours of sunlight in the summer!
This would be such a sweet Hallmark movie! There was also a lot of food in this book. I mean… a lot! It made me hungry multiple times. I also want to know how to be a chef and still be slim! ha
I liked Josie but she kind of got on my nerves. She was always focused on her career and didn’t give Palmer a chance at first. I kind of felt for him because she spent all that time and didn’t want to make the relationship work. She was like well- I need to go back to Seattle now, the relationship is over. I kind of felt like that was a little too cold.
The one thing that really bothered me was that Debbie included a three years later chapter at the end. I didn’t really think it was necessary as I found that it just repeated what happened in the book and afterwards. Sometimes I just like a book ending and making the reader imagine what would happen after.
Even though this story was kind of predictable (as most of these kind of stores are) it was still an enjoyable to read. It wasn’t as developed or well written as Debbie’s others Christmas stories, but it was a fun read nevertheless.
Would I Recommend?
Yes, most definitely. I think anyone who loves a cute Christmas story will enjoy this one.
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