Christina Lauren returns to the blog with a story of family, friends, love and finding your happiness with
In a Holidaze
For as long as she can remember, Mae has been a part of a large, extended family: her parents’ university friends, all of the kids and plenty of love, laughter and memories. It’s the best time of the year for Mae: she’s attached to the traditions, gets plenty of time with her ‘adopted’ uncle Benny, her childhood (now grown) friends Andrew and Theo, and time to connect with memories of happy times. But things are different this year. Although she’s always had a crush on Andrew, well, since she was a teen, she’s never truly believed in the possibility of them: or if their dynamic and the holiday would change if for some reason they did make it to ‘relationship’ stage. But, just as the holiday is winding down, she discovers that this may be the last holiday in this particular mountain cabin…..
Devastated and distraught, she’s asking the universe for some answers: how to be happy, what can she do to change the fact that the cabin holiday will forever change, and what direction should she go to find her own joy. BAM – she’s granted a do over- where she works to change (with subtle warnings and not-so-subtle ones: when the third repeat of her day starts anew, she’s stressed: but everything is different. Starting to tell the universe what she wants, rather than waiting for things to happen: she’s making changes, and one of those changes is getting to know Andrew in ways previously avoided. From starting a ‘relationship’ with him that leaves them both giddy and excited, to actually sharing the truth of her ‘time slips’ the two have plenty to work out – with several missteps, plenty of overreactions, and Mae’s willingness (or compulsion) to take on every mishap as something she could (or should) have prevented.
THIS book brought back ALL of the reasons I read books from this author duo – the fun, the characters, the silly situations and moments that in any other story would be horrendously over-the-top. Laugh out loud references and descriptions as everyone has a moment to shine in this large cast of characters – although the main couple of Andrew and Mae, and the wise and very surprising “adopted uncle” Benny is always good for a moment. Mae just needs to gain her own sense of self and what she truly wants – rather than worrying about reactions (and actions) of others, while Drew needed to (and does, finally) take the time to explain to her that one moment, or one argument, is not going to end the years they’ve known one another, or what he’s always felt about her. With the holidays, the traditions, the descriptions and even the laughs, the moments keep piling on as the pages turn, making this a ‘read in one sitting’ favorite for me from Christina Lauren.
Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Comedic Elements, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Science Fiction Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Gallery Books
Published on: 6 October, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.