Title: In A Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: adult, romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Page Count: 336
Source: Physical ARC
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.
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Christina Lauren has been hit and miss for me quite a bit. There are some books of theirs I enjoy more than others, but this book really knocked it out of the park to me. This one was superbly well done and I am still thinking about it days later, so I know it’s a good book when that happens to me. What can I say about this book other than sing its praises? Not much because the experience of reading this book was lovely.
The writing was excellent. I was drawn in and I can’t think of a bad word to say about this book’s writing. It flowed, it was beautiful and I was engrossed the whole time.
I love Mae. Mae was a great character and I think my favorite of Lauren’s that they’re written. There was something about her that felt so welcoming and I can’t put my finger on it. But I also liked all the other characters. There was not a single one that I hated in the entire book, and I think it made the book better for me. So yes, the characters were one of my favorite parts. The characters and their interactions were some of my favorites here.
The book is pretty much a “relive the day over and over again” except not so overdone in those regards. It was minimal, but it worked well and I think that sometimes books who do that miss the mark. I read one recently and it felt very boring. Yet, this book did it in a way that engaged me and kept me reading on. I think it’s partially because when she relives the day it’s not always all the same. I appreciated that.
This book touches on the holiday season, and so generally it is pretty joyful and humorous which I loved. I don’t love a lot of angst in my books, so I was pleased that this had very minimal angst overall. It was a character driven book, so the angst was mostly around that. It worked perfectly for me.
The romance gets its own section in this review, because it had me squealing, laughing and giggling through the whole book and it may just be my favorite part of it. There was something so wonderful and spine tingling about it.
This is going to be a book I reread over and over again because I enjoyed it so much.