I’ve always heard such wonderful things about Debbie Macomber’s writing that I’m delighted actually to feature an extract from her latest novel, Alaskan Holiday as part of the launch celebrations for the book. My huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy at Penguin Random House for inviting me to take part.
Alaskan Holiday will be published by Penguin imprint Arrow on 15th November 2018 and is available for pre-order through the links here.
An Alaskan Holiday
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.
An Extract from Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber
“Are you gonna propose to Josie or not?” Alicia demanded.I closed my eyes. It felt as if my heart was doing cartwheels inside my tightening chest.
“Palmer, did you hear me?”
“I heard you just fine.” I knew it was a mistake to call my sister. Alicia wasn’t one to hold back on sharing her opinion. She knew how I felt about Josie, and as my big sister, she was determined that I not let Josie leave town without letting her know how I felt about her.
“Then answer the question. Are you going to tell Josie you’re in love with her?”
My sister and I had been raised in Alaska in a tiny town above the Arctic Circle. We were home schooled,so I didn’t have a lot of the exposure and experiences most kids get for social interaction. I wouldn’t give it up for anything, though, except for my lack of certain skills. Alicia made it sound easy to lay one’s heart out on the chopping block with the big chance of it getting axed.
The problem is, I’ve never been anything even close to what one would consider romantic. I leave that to those city boys. I am a man, an Alaskan man; fancy,romantic words are as unfamiliar to me as a pumpkin-spice latte. I’ll admit, when it comes to sweeping a woman off her feet, I’m about as dense as a guy can get,and I’ll certainly never be the kind of man who recites poetry. Living up here in the Alaskan wilderness doesn’t help. Ponder is miles from what most people would consider civilization. Northeast of Fairbanks and close to the Far North region of Alaska, Ponder has a population that swells to three hundred in‑season when the lodge is in operation. In the wintertime, these numbers drop to a few hearty men and women, and only a handful of families.
Alicia reminded me that it was now or never. I could do without the clichés, especially when my gut was in knots. Even the thought of telling Josie that I loved her and wanted her to stay in Ponder had me breaking into a cold sweat. This felt worse than the case of flu I had last year.
Although the fishing and hunting lodge brought in a fair amount of traffic in‑season,single women were few and far between here in Ponder. The only women I’d happened to meet in the last several years were those employed by the lodge, or those I met on my infrequent trips into Fairbanks. Most of the lodge employees were college students and so flighty and immature that I didn’t pay any attention to them. All that changed when Josie Avery arrived.
(Argh! Now I need to know what happens next!)
About Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber is a no. 1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In addition to fiction, Debbie has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and non-fiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books. The beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series and Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was ranked as the top programme on US cable TV when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark has also produced many successful films based on Debbie’s bestselling Christmas novels.
Debbie Macomber owns her own tea room, and a yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.
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