Love Actually meets Groundhog Day in the quintessential holiday romance by the New York Times bestselling author of The Honey-Don’t List.
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
Published by Gallery Books on October 6, 2020
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren is an early Christmas gift to their fans.
Maelyn (Mae) and her family have been vacationing at a cabin outside of Park City, Utah for about 30 years. The group consists of college friends and their children, both grown and young. Cabin weekends, especially the Christmas holiday, with this chosen family is all Mae looks forward to all year.
Maelyn had been crushing on Andrew since she was a teen, but has a drunken kiss and grope with his brother Theo the night before departing from the cabin. This embarrassment, along with an unsatisfying job and having to move back to live with her mother, shows us Mae is not living her best life. She is the fixer, the peace maker, and stuck in the “kid” role in this group dynamic. Then, on the last morning, the owners of the cabin make the announcement that they have to sell the cabin. This devastates Mae. She reflects on the car ride to the airport about the stagnation of her life, so she asks the universe “can you show me what will make me happy”. There is a crash, all goes black, and she is back on the plane at the beginning of this holiday trip. She begins a Groundhog Day type time travel loop.
Through these loops she is given the opportunity to make the changes she needs to bring about the life she wants. She can also alter and tweak the holiday traditions she has clung to so desperately through the years.
Mae becomes more authentic with each loop, thinking that if each loop doesn’t matter and the others won’t remember, she can be more herself, speak up and follow her dreams.
The epilogue In a Holidaze is charming and this chosen family’s moments together are heartfelt and intimate, fitting for a group of people who have known each other for so long.
Maelyn Jones’ life is stuck in a rut and now it seems it’s stuck in repeat mode. Mae is back living with her family; hates her job; and has no dating life to talk about. The one thing Mae does look forward to every year is when her family goes to the cabin in Utah owned by their family friends, the Hollis’ and two other families. They have been spending the same week there every year for her entire life of twenty-six years….and for the last thirteen years she has had a big crush on one of the Hollis’ boys.
When Mae makes one of the biggest mistakes of her life, she wishes she could have a redo. It turns out she gets one….over and over again! It will take some crazy moments for her to figure out what is going on and to be able find her happy ending, but she eventually does.
I just loved this story and couldn’t put it down. All of the characters in this story are such fun and unique in their own way. I really enjoyed the path that Mae had to go on to find her happy ending but it was so worth it. Great story and I highly recommend it.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader.