In a Holidaze – Published 2020
“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.” – Goodreads
Earlier this fall I went on a pretty serious Christina Lauren binger, so I was really looking forward to this one. I’ve loved all of their books so far (have some backlist ones to dive into eventually), and this one is Christmas themed. Swoon.
I am going to be honest and admit that I didn’t like the first portion of the book. The Groundhog Day element is one I do like, but it was so different than what this pair usually writes that I couldn’t get into it. I like my romantic comedies and my magical fantasies separate.
That being said, once Mae seems to be through the repeated days, the love story is so sweet, sometimes funny, and wholesome. The families and friends that come together each year for a snowy Christmas at their cabin are hilarious and so lovable, especially Benny, an uncle type figure in Mae’s life. His character was very endearing and I would read a book with him as the MC any day.
Overall, I really liked this one with the exception of the magical element. It’s a quick, light read for the holidays!