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Book Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

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.

My Thoughts

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Maelyn Jones goes to the family cabin for Christmas. During her vacation, she finds that things aren’t going how she liked. When she feels things are falling apart, on her way back to the airport, her car is hit by a truck and she wakes up on a plane…on her way to said vacation.

Forced to relive her vacation over and over in a groundhog day type story, Mae asked the universe to show her what would make her happy. And boy did it.

I absolutely loved this story. The characters were fun, the writing was engaging and lyrical, and the message was loud and clear. Be careful what you wish for, and if you work hard to see what your inner self is capable of, you might just get what you want.

This was a book of the month book and I’m so glad that I chose it. I loved Lauren’s writing so much, I’ll be putter more of her work on my tbr list. I’m honored to have picked this novel as my last book of 2020.

Ruth Anne Garcia


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