In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books • Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Happy publication day to In a Holidaze! I will read anything by the writing duo that makes up Christina Lauren, and In a Holidaze ranks among one of my favorite all-time books by them! This book had everything I love about Christina Lauren books, they make me laugh, they make me shed a few tears and have characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
For 26 years, Maelyn has spent her Christmas at her favorite place in the world, a cabin in Utah owned by family friends. On December 26, their last day, everyone finds out that the Hollis family who owns the cabin plans to sell it, but promises they will still all find a way to celebrate the holiday together. Fearing that all the traditions she has grown up loving will disappear, as her father drives her family to the airport Mae asks the universe to show her what will make her happy. The next thing she knows, a car is heading towards them and everything turns to black. When Mae comes to, she is back on a plane heading to Utah and the date is December 20. As Mae relives her Christmas vacation over and over again hoping for a different outcome, she has to figure out on her own what she wants out of life that will truly make her happy.
Mae and Andrew may be the main characters of this book, but I loved all of the extended family, their holiday traditions and how no matter what they were always there for each other. Mae was such a likable character and I was rooting for her each time she was stuck in a Christmas vacation time loop. The romance between Mae and Andrew was adorable, but how could it not be when Mae has been in love with Andrew since she was 13? I loved how they came together when on one of her many do-over trips she decided to throw caution to the wind and finally tell him how she felt. I also enjoyed that she had her uncle Benny to confide in and guide her each time her vacation was reset.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.