Sunday, December 13, 2020

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Summary


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.


My Thoughts


I'm proud to say that this is my first time reading a Christina Lauren book... and I loved it!

It’s not that I haven’t wanted to check out a Christina Lauren book before. I have! Their romance novels are all the rage on bookstagram and booktube.

It’s just that I never had the chance. But when I saw that they were coming out with a Christmas book this year, I knew I had to read it. I preordered my copy on Amazon and patiently waited for it to arrive.

This book has quite a few Christmas elements that I love.

  • Christmas vacation (Maelyn and her family go away to Park City Utah every year to spend the holidays with their family friends at their friend’s cabin)
  • Snow (this book contained sledding, snowman building contests, and all of the good, winter-y activities)
  • Friends to Lovers romance (throughout the story, Maelyn is faced with quite a few romantic dilemmas. She must come to terms with her longtime crush on her family friend and decide whether she’s willing to risk it all to be truly happy.
  • Christmas Magic (There is a bit of Christmas magic in this story. It's unexplainable, since it's not every day that someone gets the chance to relive Christmas until they finally get it right, but I enjoy Christmas stories with just a touch of magic in them)


I personally felt that the Groundhog's day aspect of this story could have been a little more developed. Mae makes a Christmas wish to find out what really makes her happy and she's forced to relive her Christmas vacation until she finds out what DOES make her happy. And I liked that.


But in the end, things just kind of worked out and Mae continued on with her life? Which is what was supposed to happen, since she found what made her happy. But I think it would have been nice to have a little more explanation.


I love reading Christmas romance novels because they make me happy, just like Christmas movies. I can't be the only Hallmark Christmas fanatic, right?


This is a great book to read right now, if you're looking for a little bit of a reading escape during the holiday season.

Until next time,

Marian

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