Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: In a Holidaze

By Melissa Amster

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. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

I enjoy Christina Lauren's novels a lot, but In a Holidaze was one of the more enjoyable ones overall. I had a lot of fun reading it. While it follows a trope that has been overused quite a bit lately (maybe because every day feels like Groundhog Day right now), it was done in a clever way that kept me wondering if Maelyn would get sent back again or not. I liked the characters and the dynamic between everyone. Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, it made me appreciate the holiday and reminded me of the days when I was into the Christmas spirit. Having said that, I wasn't so on board with a church scene, but I can see why it was in there. I could practically hear Christmas songs coming out of the pages and could smell and taste the hot cocoa and candy canes. I could even feel the coldness of the snow. It just seemed like they all were having a lot of fun, despite Maelyn's stress over her situation. 

Movie casting suggestions:
Andrew: Robbie Amell
Miles: Mason Cook

Thanks to Gallery for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have one copy for a lucky reader!

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21 comments:

Melissa said...

Years ago, in our 20's, my sister and I would love to go shopping in the early morning hours on Black Friday. One year, we learned a local jewelry store was hosting a "diamond giveaway" in the early hours of the morning and so we hurried out of bed and stood in line with others for a minuscule diamond. It was more about the fun, thrill and excitement versus the diamond, but the tiny sparkle definitely was an added bonus!

Shannon S said...

We always read the Christmas story by the fireplace on Christmas Eve feom a childrens book with beautiful illustrations.

rubynreba said...

We always have Norwegian foods.

susieqlaw said...

I had a particularly rough year and told my family all I really wanted was to break some plates. Just smash them on the ground! Well. That’s what I got. On Christmas morning, they gave me plates. We all went outside, covered the driveway with newspapers, and smashed plates on Christmas morning. I cannot put into words how great that felt!!!

Jeanna said...

One of our traditions is making Gingerbread houses at Publix every year with my kids!

Nancy Payette said...

One Christmas my mom's siblings & their families decided to surprise us by showing up unannounced in our new place. This wasn't a problem as they were always close & having them around wasn't only fun but they cooked/cleaned/shopped constantly for everyone. But what was funny was none of them told each other they were coming, so we had about 25 extra people that year. We were definitely surprised & it was a lot of fun to have an impromptu family reunion.

Grandma Cootie said...

My boss slid under his car when we both arrived to work in the icy parking lot. One minute he was there, next gone!

Gretchen said...

Sadly, my dad died at Christmas 2 years ago. One tradition we all have is to have a sibling night out on the town.

traveler said...

We make a big Chanukah party each year for family and friends, give gifts to the little ones and have a wonderful feast with the foods for Chanukah.

Rita Wray said...

We open our gifts on Christmas Eve.

Nina said...

We always have really intense gingerbread house making contests that get quite competitive!

Julie C said...

We read The night before Christmas on Christmas Eve and have a chippy tea.

Nancy said...

When the children were little we would drive around town after dark to look at the Christmas lights. The first one to see "the pretties" would get a penny in their piggy bank. Hey, we were big spenders then!

Nancy
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Janine said...

This is more embarrassing than outrageous, though it could be outrageous too.
When I was a teenager, I was working at a restaurant and they had a Christmas party. Everyone was drinking at the bar, so I joined them (even though I wasn't old enough). I got so sick I hid in the bathroom and my boos had to call my mother to come get me. She never let me hear the end of that either.

Mary Preston said...

We tend not to be outrageous people, but I live in hope.

diannekc said...

One year when I went to Michigan for Christmas, it started snowing right after I got there. It snowed for a week straight and by the end of the week we had 40 inches of snow on the ground.

dstoutholcomb said...

we have monkey bread for breakfast on Christmas

denise

Terri. said...

We always open one gift Christmas eve, our new Christmas pajamas. Nothing outrageous.

MiamiKel said...

One of our Christmas traditions is watching How the Grinch STole Christmas and baking/frosting our own sugar cookies for Santa! It's all about family!

Pamela said...

Our kids are now young adults but we will always make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve!

Toni Laliberte said...

Every year my sister's and I make a Christmas craft and bake cookies. Thanks for the chance!