Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Page Count: 336
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.
But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.
The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren is a new holiday contemporary romance happening the week of Christmas. This new book is definitely for the fans of Groundhog Day as the main character gets stuck in a similar loop while celebrating Christmas with her family and friends.
Maelyn Jones has been stuck in a rut in her life after having to move back home with her parents and working in a dead end job she does not enjoy at all. Mae had been hoping spending Christmas at a cabin owned by her parents long time friends would be the break she needed but as the holiday wraps up Mae finds things did not go as planned when a make out session with the wrong brother has her hiding in shame.
On top of it all the news breaks that the cabin everyone has come to all of Mae’s life is going to be sold so this will be the last Christmas with everyone coming together… that is until Mae’s family hits the road to return home and out of nowhere there’s a huge accident. Instead of waking in a hospital though Mae finds herself on the airplane heading to the cabin to begin Christmas week all over again, maybe just maybe this time she’ll get it right.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren is the first holiday contemporary romance I picked up this season and boy am I glad I got started on such a fun note. Going into this book I had high hopes and was glad it turned out to be as fun a read as I expected it to be. The whole idea of repeating a timeframe for a character over and over can either be done well or get monotonous and this happened to fall on the side of just enough changing each time to keep it totally entertaining while building a great story around the characters as you get to know them. Definitely glad I started off the season on such a great note!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHORS
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com or at @seeCwrite (Christina), @LolaShoes (Lauren), or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.