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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

"[Debbie] Macomber brings her signature charm to this appealing tale of an aspiring chef.... This charmer will please Macomber fans and newcomers alike." (Publishers Weekly)

Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it's least expected.

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.

©2018 Debbie Macomber (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.” (Chicago Tribune)

“The reigning queen of women’s fiction.” (The Sacramento Bee)

“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters.... When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.” (BookPage)

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this is a book full of character personality!

the narrators did a wonderful job with each personality. the storyline was engaging. I found myself laughing with and anxiously listening as the story progressed.

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Male Narrator is Awful

I cringed each time the male narrator read. Seriously, a narrator can make or break a book. As much as I love DM books I can barely tolerate this reading.

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Wonderful Book!

There were two narrators, and both were great! The story was uplifting and I couldn't wait until I could listen again. I love Debbie Macomber's writing...

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Fast forward Palmer’s Chapters

The storyline and female narrator is good. I missed part of the book because I had to skip Palmer’s chapters because I couldn’t listen to the male narrator.

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Sweetness Overload!

What can I say this story was just so sweet. Palmer was one of the sweetest guys ever Josie got her self a good one. A love a small town find love kind of story. Yes, I cried I couldn't help myself a must read!!

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Love in Alaska

I loved this book it’s her second book I read based in Alaska. The writing makes me want to visit.

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Awesome

Loved hearing both male and female voices! It really made the story come alive! Great story! Loved the characters!

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loved it!! A must read of Debbie Macomber's!

This book will make you want to go North to Alaska into the great wilderness❤

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Not well researched

This book was very disappointing for me as a fan of Debbie Macomber. She very obviously did not look into culinary school or the hospitality industry, as the leading lady's expectations/experiences were wildly abnormal. If you know literally anything about the restaurant industry, do not read this book.

I found this to be, by far, the most predictable of her stories as well. Overall, I only completed this book because it was short.

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wonderful

loved it. it is so nice to read clean book. Wish it had a sequel