SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“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.”
In a Holidaze has been all over my instagram and I was excited to see that it was one of the December choices for Book of the Month. This book was definitely worth the wait. It put me in the holiday mood, and was perfect as I watched Winter Storm Gail hit my parents’ house. This was also my first Christina Lauren novel, and now I need to add more to my TBR.
I personally really connected with Maelyn. I am a late 20-something who recently had to move back in with her parents. I was laid off, due to Covid-19 and couldn’t afford my rent on my unemployment benefits. These last couple of months have been hard, and I’ve struggled to really find what makes me happy. I’m also a people pleaser. I am so worried about disappointing my family, that I often make decisions that would make them happier than myself. Though I don’t have a hunky life-long family friend who I’ve been in love with waiting in the wings. Because of these similarities, In a Holidaze really hit home for me. I do think that Maelyn will be relatable to a lot of people. It was just really nice to read a book where the lead was a bit lost and stuck.
I loved Andrew and Mae’s relationship. The chemistry is so well done, and also captures the history that is in their relationship. All the characters in this book are fleshed out really well. You can feel their love and support of each other. I loved learning about their holiday traditions. You can really feel Mae’s frustration and panic over why she has been sent into this time-loop.
I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a fun festive read. The overall flow of the book is great, so it is a super quick read as well.
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