As the holiday season is coming to an end, I can’t help but feel like I am still in a holidaze myself. I know I am not alone in saying that there is something magical about the feeling you get when the Christmas lights are turned on, the snow falls (depending on where you are), and family gathers around to be together.
I also love ALL the cheesy and romantic books and movies that come out during this time. I will occasionally watch RomComs throughout the year, but the winter season is where they really hit home for me. In a Holidaze was such a fun book to read during December for this exact reason.
Synopsis: (Taken from Goodreads)
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.
When I picked up this book all I really knew about it was that a few people didn’t like it and that it was centered around Christmas in some way. Because I hadn’t heard that many great things about it, I wasn’t expecting much from it but knew that it could be a fun read anyways.
This book was so enjoyable! I was able to read it in a day because I just had so much fun following Mae on her time-warp journey.
I won’t fool you, this is a romance, kind of cliche, with a bit of fantasy wrapped in. But it was so much fun to read.
Christina Lauren did a great job of building the characters so that they were complex and realistic. The emotions and hurt from the characters were real. The way Mae feels about her life was something that I know I could connect with and I’m sure many other’s can as well.
The authors did such a great job of building in deep emotions while also keeping the story light and energized. It didn’t take me on a roller coaster from despair to true love but it was human.
All in all, In a Holidaze is a quick and fun read about family, love, and the true meaning of the holidays.
Happy reading! I hope everyone has a wonderful start to the New Year.