I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
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.
This book has all the staples of a good Christmas read–a career focused woman, a good looking man, snow, romance, and a dog. I love Christmas movies and I wanted to see if the same translated to books too.
Josie, the main character, has just finished culinary school and before she takes up her job as a sous chef in a high end Seattle restaurant, she works at an Alaskan lodge for 6-months. It is there that she meets her love interest, Palmer.
On reading the blurb, you’d expect a meet-cute. But the book starts off with Palmer proposing to Josie. Whether Josie stays back or leaves for her Seattle job and what’s in store for their relationship forms the rest of the story.
I would’ve liked it better if the book had a meet-cute. Instead, we’re asked to root for a romance that was established well before the timeline this book is set in. The first few pages are fully devoted to explaining it to the reader. And that certainly is not the way to get your readers to root for your main characters.
Also, there’s another character called Jack who’s supposed to offer comic relief, but I didn’t particularly find him funny. But all the other reviewers seemingly did, so I’m going to chalk it up as a “me problem”.
Despite these negatives, the book is an entertaining read that you can finish in a day, especially if it’s a cold one and you’re craving a Christmas read. And for that, I give it 3 stars!