In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren Review


In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren | Gallery Books | Pub: 10/6/20

“But I’ve loved you since I knew what love was, and I can’t undo that. I would never wish to take that away. Loving you is all the proof I needed that love can last decades. Maybe even a lifetime, who knows.”

Tis the season for Christmas books! Christina Lauren got me really into my holiday feels with In a Holidaze.

Mae has just finished an incredible Christmas at the cabin, where they spend Christmas every year with their “family”, but it was the last Christmas there, or was it? On that drive to the airport with her family, Mae is making wishes when they get in an accident and she wakes up on a plane… back to Utah… to start Christmas all over again.

Mae is now in a Groundhog’s Day situation. (Please watch the movie Groundhog’s Day featuring Bill Murray). She must relive Christmas week over and over again until she gets the week right and breaks the cycle. If you think everything goes smoothly, think again.

I liked this concept a lot. Getting the opportunity to relive a week you love, surrounded by people you love. Getting to tell the person you have kind of secretly loved your whole life that you love them. So many warm fuzzies.

I particularly liked Mae’s relationship with Benny. At first it felt a little creepy, like he was the creepy uncle type, but really it wasn’t creepy at all. Having an adult that you can go to about everything without the judgement you would receive from others sounds really nice.

If you like Hallmark movies and repeating a week in time until you “get it right” then this book is for you. Super cute, super cheese. Definitely put me in the holiday spirit. Now I just need to find a cabin in the snowy woods for my own Christmases.

Other books I recommend by the authors:

The Unhoneymooners

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating


Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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.

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