Title: In A Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
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.
After Halloween comes Christmas. Right? In a Holidaze was not on my TBR because I was on a four week waitlist. I wasn’t expecting to get my hands on the ebook until early December. So only two things could have happened. Scenario one: the two people in front of me got tried of waiting and gave up their spots. Scenario two: the book is so good the read it one day and returned it early. I’m going with scenario two because when I say I loved this book. I loved it so much.
Normally I like my romance with a side of mystery and other worldly danger and maybe I was just craving some good old fashion drama. It also could have been the fact that the main characters name is Mae and I kept reading it as Mare (that’s my nickname). I’m not even going to touch on where my escapism takes me.
Maelyn is one of those characters you can immediately relate to. It’s kind of scary how relatable she is. A lot of the reviews say it’s Ground Hog Day meets Love Actually and I agree with that. Christina Lauren isn’t doing anything new in this novel but they are doing it better. I loved Mae’s reaction to being thrust back in time over and over. How she kind of just blossomed coincidentally. Mostly out of irritation and honestly, she made the best decisions when she was pissed. The beginning of the novel made it seem like she had a one-sided crush & maybe she did. Until she didn’t. I was kind of rooting for Theo because it just seemed like Andrew wasn’t at all interested and also the way she was describing him made him seem boring with a capital B. But then the more we got to know Theo I got completely turned off and not because he’s was acting like a complete asshat either. Theo is actually my little brother’s name and well . . . Are all Theo’s the same? Anyways.
As the story goes on and Maes reboots take longer to reboot Andrew actually turns out to be sweet, funny, and kind of sexy. You know everyone falls for the funny ones eventually. I’m sorry what’s a side background character? Christina Lauren has a way of making everyone an active player. By the end of the story I was in love with the whole family. Speaking of the ending I can admit I felt a bit rushed. Not that Christina Lauren hasn’t given me everything to make this story complete I just wasn’t ready to part with this family quite yet. Can we get a novella, please?
Authors Note: This isn’t a review. Why? Because I no longer do reviews. No, I do rambles. What is a ramble you ask. The dictionary states that a ramble is a talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. Doesn’t that align with what I do here because lets be real I give no real advice. I either rant or rave about whatever I’ve read and I’m okay with that. So you should be too.