In A Holidaze

In A Holidaze

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"Love Actually meets Groundhog Day in the quintessential holiday romance by the New York Times bestselling author of The Honey-Don't List"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2020
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781982123949
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lau
Description: 307 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: In a holidays
In a holi-daze


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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."

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Nov 30, 2020

A fun Christmas rom-com where Mae repeats the holiday season at a family cabin "Groundhog Day style" until she finally figures out what will make her truly happy. For the lovers of Hallmark Christmas movies!

Nov 20, 2020

I enjoy a good re-telling of a classic story when an author takes creative license and makes it wholly original. My only two exceptions are A Christmas Carol and (while not exactly classic lit,) Groundhog Day. I usually find them both tedious in their replaying of events. After a couple of recent misfires by this author duo and a tired trope, I’ll admit I was hesitant in my desire to read this one. No one can say that I’m not persistent. When it comes to swoon-worthy contemporary romances, Christina Lauren has written some favorites and I’m still unwilling to give up on them.

First the good, In a Holidaze tackled Groundhog Day and managed to keep it refreshing and mysterious with a swiftly moving pace, while not getting stuck on the minutiae of repeating the past. The jumps back in time came unexpectedly and at varying points in the heroine’s timeline where it never felt repetitive.

Now, the not so good. This was a single, first person POV by way of the heroine, Maelyn. Christina Lauren writes wonderfully in 1st person as far as story flow and reader immersion, but this story lacked in development of every character, aside from Maelyn. Unfortunately, that made for a lacking romance. I honestly thought there would be another jump back in time where a different hero would be presented, because, as it stood, I felt almost nothing for the couple's connection.

I did like the characters, but it’s again missing the romantic tension and swoon that I normally associate with these authors. I might have been able to look past that if this was women's fiction and there were other characters and/or relationships that were better developed. In the end, this was a lightly fun and frivolous holiday romp, but nothing really stood out for me.

DCLadults Nov 16, 2020

A New & Noteworthy holiday pick 2020. Packed with yuletide cheer and an unforgettable cast of characters, this time- loop “Groundhog Day” romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

Oct 07, 2020

This is a fun book with a different twist to it, an enjoyable romantic novel.  But I don't think it's up to CL standards -- I look back to 2014, to Sweet Filthy Boy, where the writing is fun to read, exciting, steamy with loving sex and lots of heart.  This writing has no sparkle to it and the characters are flat & one dimensional.  The storyline is novel & different but the writing is a disappointment.


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