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Today I reviewed Debbie Macomber’s latest release Alaskan Holiday. If you have read it I would love to know your thoughts on it.
What is your favourite Christmas read? Leave it in the comments and I will check it out.
♥ Blurb ♥
An uplifting tale of finding unexpected love in the Alaskan wilderness from bestselling author, Debbie Macomber.
Before beginning her new job as sous chef at one of Seattle’s finest restaurants, Josie Stewart takes on a six-month position cooking at a lodge in an Alaskan lake town. It’s only temporary–or so she thinks, as she becomes a valued part of the local community, falling in love with the people who call the Klutina Lake home.
But one man, in particular, stands out among the rest of Josie’s new friends: an intriguing swordsmith whose very existence forces her to question whether her heart wants to return to Washington at all.
♥ Author Debbie Macomber ♥
Through both words and deeds, Debbie Macomber inspires women from all walks of life to realise their dreams.
She overcame the obstacles in her own life to become one of the world’s most popular writers. She encourages women to achieve the goals that burn in their hearts as fiercely as the desire to become a bestselling novelist did in her own.
When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book–except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.
She wrote–for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped “rejected.” As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books–and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.
Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and has sold over 60 millions copies. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.
In lectures around the country, Debbie encourages women to “exercise the success muscle.” She also offers advice on how to achieve success in seeking or changing a career, building family relationships, forming healthy relationships and more.
Like her heartwarming novels, Debbie’s inspirational speeches are always filled with laughter and love. She cares deeply about the women she touches with her writing, and she continues to mentor people around the country. She also volunteers her considerable talents to help raise much-needed funds for battered-women’s shelters, literacy and medical research.
She lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington. Their children are grown and she is a proud grandmother.
♥ Book Review ♥
When Josie Stewart takes a job in Ponder, Alaska for a temporary 6 months stint as a chef in a lodge she has no idea the life-changing adventures that choice will make. Josie meets, Palmer the local guide and the sparks fly between them. But Josie knows her heart lies back home and she has huge career prospects.
The adventure begins when Josie’s plans go array. What will happen between herself and Palmer?
I really enjoyed the story, it went off on little tangents that were unpredictable and I like to be challenged and kept on my toes as the reader. It keeps me interested and engaged. It brings a whole lot more to the reading experience for me.
Josie and Palmer were lovely characters to get to know. Ponder too becomes a character of sorts. It did make me want to visit Alaska and experience being cut off from the world. My only saving grace would be my books. I would have to take about ten suitcases. Plus pack up my Kindle too.
Although tag lined with the Christmas theme. It isn’t a Christmassy book as such, you could read it any time of the year and be very happy with the story.
I wasn’t a fan of Jack, I found him somewhat rude and demanding. I didn’t find him funny and I really felt he was an unnecessary distraction to the story.
Overall a lovely adventure to go on. I love Debbie Macomber’s writing and I am excited to read her back catalogue.
Debbie Macomber has the secret to writing a corker of a romance read down perfectly.
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