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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

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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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an amazing Alaskan Romance

it was an easy to follow classical love story line however the male voice over left quite a bit to be desired not my favorite by any means but what he lacks the female voice made up for if only they could redo this entire story with just her narrating

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Love Debbie Macomber, but this one was tough.

I look forward every year to Debbie's new holiday story. This one was hard for me to get through, and I'm not sure if it was a slow story line, or the male narrator not fitting the part. His voice seemed too old to me for a young man in his 30s. His Jack voice was good, although, being from Alaska, not too many people have an Irish accent, which is what I heard quite a bit! Laurel Rankin's voice was great for her part. Because it was a Debbie Macomber book, I kept listening, but it isn't one I will remember.

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Alaskan Holiday

Makes, me

Makes me wish I could visit Alaska for the quiet peace and solitude. I rea!oh enjoyed this book.

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Annoying male narrator!!!

Not a lot of substance to this book and the male narrator is horrible. His voice is a cross between a pirate and a cartoon character. The female narrator is perfectly acceptable but the storyline wasn’t strong enough to hold my attention.

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Hard Pass

I was so hopeful as I have seen many of the author's books turned to movies on the Hallmark channel. I'm all for a cheesy love story and I can let a lot of things slide, but from the beginning of this book, it was a no for me. The male narrator was absolutely terrible! Listening to his voice was like nails on a chalkboard. I tried really hard to get past that and identify with the character, but his manic interpretations were just way too much for me. Especially when it came to Jack. He made him sound like a crazy person, while the female author's reading of him was much more normal. The flip-flopping back and forth between the two narrators was so abrupt that it took me a long time to adjust. Overall, I had to stop listening about 3 quarters in (which I never do) because I just couldn't take it anymore.

Aside from that, the story felt very rushed and discombobulated. It felt as if the history between Josie and Palmer was in a previous book and this was a bird's eye view of their story. Definitely not my favorite. I truly hate leaving a bad review because I do enjoy Debbie Macomber's work, but this one was just not hitting the mark for me.

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Loved it

Fun read. I listened to the book in a few hours. Glad I chose to read.

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lovely story

descriptions of Alaska vibrant. I could picture it all and feel the anguish and joy of each character.