I love a time-loop plot; yes they’re probably overdone, but they provide the perfect balance of holding the reader on tenter hooks while the protagonist tries to get out of the situation they’ve found themselves in. What I did find a little peculiar about this book was that this groundhog-day element of the plot seems to get forgotten about halfway through which I found a little surprising. That being said, I was rooting for Maelyn the whole way so I didn’t want her to be sent back when she wasn’t ready for it!
In a Holidaze is nothing ground-breaking, and if you don’t like cheesy holiday romance it’s probably not for you, but it was exactly what I wanted from a feel-good festive read so I don’t have many qualms. Yes everything was a little too well placed, as per most rom-coms, but it made me feel warm and fuzzy which is perfect for Christmas!

“I’ve essentially handed my heart over to the person who’s had it on reserve for half my life, and I’m terrified that he doesn’t realize what he’s holding.” 
The romance element was straight out of a Hallmark movie to be honest – which was fine with me! There were moments when it felt like the characters’ relationship became a little more profound which I enjoyed, but for the most part it was clear they were destined to end up together from the start. On top of that, the wintery atmosphere also made this book particularly cozy; I found myself often wishing I could also escape to a snowy cabin for Christmas which I imagine is the exact reaction Christina Lauren was probably trying to evoke!

Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Type: Fiction
Published: 2020
Pages: 307
TW: Divorce, Death, Drug Use

Review overview



8.1Festive, Feel-good, Cute

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