Review: Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

Posted November 29, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 10 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber
Alaskan Holiday

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on October 2, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

I’ve only read one other Debbie Macomber book, but it was last year’s Christmas release.  It was heartwarming and sugary holiday goodness that I wanted more of.  Add in that this one was set in Alaska and Luke Daniels was one of the narrators?  I was all in.


Palmer grew up in a remote and small Alaskan town which left him well-prepared for simple and wild wilderness living, but not so much when it came to falling for a big city woman who has her eyes on a culinary prize working for a renowned chef in her home town of Seattle.

Josie had come to the local lodge to be the chef for the summer and it was over the summer when Palmer fell in love.  The night before she needs to leave on the last boat out (literally), Palmer delivers an awkward, heartfelt proposal and, as much as she likes him, she says no because her dream is not in small town Alaska.  Then she misses the boat and it is to the man she shot down that she must beg help to find a way back to Seattle in time not to lose the opportunity to work her dream job.  Palmer loves her so of course he breaks his own heart and finds a way so she can go.

Christmas magic and an old adage of distance and fondness might be just what this pair need to find their way back together.

Alaskan Holiday is a shorter novel that took little time at all to enjoy.  It jumped into the story well after the beginning and middle of the romance.  That threw me off a tad and it basically starts with a break up of sorts thought it is tempered into a tentative long distance relationship.  Like the previous story, this is a light and comfy sweet story.  I enjoyed it for a lovely holiday escape.  The Alaskan setting and that small town (though, just so you know there are city scenes, t00).  Quirky characters, particularly old Jack, are my thing.  I won’t say it dug deep or was as well-developed as I like, but it hit the spot for my mood.  Palmer and Josie made a good couple and I liked them, but the romance wasn’t my biggest draw as much as the overall story.

The narration team of Luke Daniels and Laurel Rankin were great.  I thought they portrayed their characters and the tone of the story well.  Jack might have been an over the top character, but I’m also pretty sure he would have been that way in just print.  I thought the audio added more enjoyment for me and, though Laurel Rankin was a first, I would add her to my list of narrators like Luke Daniels that I already enjoy and seek out their work.

All in all, it was a foodie lovers dream with all the food and the holiday feels and Alaskan settings had me envious and wanting my own Alaskan Holiday.  For those who want a sweet and easy, engaging holiday contemporary romance, this is a lovely option.

My thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Alaskan Holiday wins my prize for book with whom I’d curl up in PJs with a hot candycane cocoa and, also it gets awarded the prize for destination holiday setting.  It is this gal’s dream to go to Alaska- yes, even for the long winters (which those who know a bit about me, know I love).  Other than at home, where would you like to spend your holiday season?  If you drink hot cocoa, do you have a favorite add-in?


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

That cocoa treat sounds so yummy this morning, Super Sophia, and I need to give it a try. I’m a fan of Debbie Macomber’s books and have quite a few in my collection. I thought I was the only one who wanted to vacation in Alaska, and have been known to enter quite a few contests for Alaskan cruises, and I watch the programs on television. Something about the cold weather mixed in with small towns just screams Christmas to me! Hugs and Happy Thursday. RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  ROP

It’s delicious and is a great use for any broken or extra candy canes. 🙂 Yes! I enter those travel contests, too. I’ve watched the programs and checked them out at the library. Hopefully, we’ll both get our travel wishes someday. 🙂 Enjoy your day, Radiant Ro!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Glad you enjoyed this on audio. Her recent holiday books have been different.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh really… I’ll have to pick up an older one so I can compare.

3 years ago

This sounds like a nice heartwarming Christmas romance. That does sound like it starts in a bit of a weird place with the break-up basically, but it sounds like it got only better form there onward. I’ll have to check out a sample from Luke Daniels to see if I like that narrator. As I am new to audiobook I am still figuring out which ones I like and which ones not. I checked out your other reviews from him and it seems he does the Iron Druid series, I have the first one in that series on my audiobook… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a sweetie! Yeah, that start at the end felt odd to me, but it worked for this story.

Ooooh, yes, a Bavarian village Christmas Market would be a great place to spend Christmas. Good pick!

LOL, I was going to say that Luke Daniels narrated the Iron Druid series when you mentioned checking him out, but you’re way ahead of me.. 🙂

Carole Rae
3 years ago

Love the cover! Those cute puppiesssssssss

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

that cover really suits the tone of the book, too. Adorable huskies, be still my heart. 🙂

herding cats
2 years ago

Sometimes that works out okay if I’m in the right mood. It’s been ages since I tried her on audio. I need to go back and read another (I wasn’t into audio at that time so that’s why I stopped). I’ll see if my library has a copy of this one 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

The story itself doesn’t dig very deep and probably not that memorable, but I love Alaska for a setting and I enjoyed the narrators. 🙂