Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length: 8 hours (336 pages)
Publisher: Gallery Books; Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Source: Library (Libby)
Recommended for fans of: Hallmark Christmas movies, Groundhog Day
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed In a Holidaze. It had all the signature humor, wit, and warm fuzzy feels I expect from Christina Lauren. This is a near-perfect holiday romance that put me in the mood for Christmas.
However, after discussing this book with my book club, I recognized a few shortcomings. The time travel device could’ve been better executed. It made for some entertaining moments early on in the book, but eventually Mae just stopped going back, and I wish there had been a more defined moment when she broke out of the time loop.
I also thought the love triangle with the two brothers was underdeveloped. Y’all know I hate love triangles so that’s really saying something if I thought it should’ve been a bigger deal in the story. One brother was a little too perfect while the other brother was a little too flawed. I will say that she didn’t end up with the brother I originally predicted.
There were a lot of characters, and I could’ve used a little more development and depth in general. The romance was fast-paced and very physical (although not too steamy). It makes sense because the characters have known each other their whole lives, but I didn’t feel that sense of history in their relationship as much as I would’ve liked.
While the ending wrapped up the story nicely, there was something that happened that I thought cheapened the overall lesson of the book.
This is a book that is fun and enjoyable on the surface, but if you look too closely some of the elements don’t hold up. However, this book is not meant to be taken too seriously or analyzed deeply. It is a fluffy holiday read, and the best Christmas romance book I have read so far.