In Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber, Josie meets Palmer in an Alaskan small town where Palmer lives and Josie is cooking at a lodge. After spending the summer together Palmer has fallen in love with Josie and surprisingly asks her to marry him. Though Josie has enjoyed her time with Palmer, she has been to focused on the job as a sous chef waiting back home for her to think about a relationship with Palmer. She is so conflicted by his proposal, which she turned down, that she ends up missing the last boat out of town for the winter. Can she find a way out of town in time to get to her new job? What exactly does she feel for Palmer?
I thought the book had a lot of potential. I really liked the idea of Josie being stranded in this small town with the person that she has just turned down. Can he win her back before she leaves?
Unfortunately, once those questions are very quickly answered the book just fell flat for me. There was not much conflict and no one seemed to feel very much emotion. Though this is a holiday story I didn’t feel it was centered much on the themes of Christmas. Yes there were aspects of hope and love, but for me when those are hard to do the story means more to me. In Alaskan Holiday those themes happened so easily that they didn’t seem to matter as much. The characters did not interest me and by the end I didn’t really care what happened to them. There was one character, a local, who did not fit the Alaskan profile at all. I felt like his speech and his mannerisms felt more like a southerner than someone who withstands the brutal Alaskan winter.
This was a very quick read and great if you are looking for something really light. Unfortunately I do need a bit more than this book had to offer me.
My copy of Alaskan Holiday was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!