Books from the Backlog #245

Posted December 22, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 10 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #245In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on October 20, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

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.

Why did I add In a Holidaze to my bookshelf?

I added this book to my shelves just as soon as I saw that it was available as a pick from Book of the Month. The problem is that it is still just sitting on my shelf. I have liked this waiting pair in the past and I like the sound of this one. It’s really not a question of if I will read this book but when. I just really have to be in the right mood for a holiday book. I don’t feel too bad that I spent money on it since my daughter loves this writing pair’s books and plans to read it as well.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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10 responses to “Books from the Backlog #245

  1. That would be perfect for this time of year! But I understand needing to be in the mood for a holiday book. Holiday paranormals are rare but I’ve read a handful of novellas in the genre and have loved them! I think I’ve read a book by this author pair…I just can’t remember what it was. It had to have been something supernaturally, lol, but the name is very familiar and I remember being surprised by the paranormal title when I knew she (or they as I later learned, lol) was primarily a contemporary author(s).

    My pick today is yet another book I gained from an RT conference. This meme is making me feel so guilty over having TBR books for 10+ years now! Lol.

  2. I fully understand that one has to be in the right mood to start a holiday book, I am like that too. . But I’m glad your daughter likes Christina Lauren, so she can enjoy another one of their books 😀

  3. I adored this book! I liked the way they used the time loop, but I especially loved all the holiday activities and warmth injected into this story. Hope you get to it.

  4. This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read since it came out, too. But when it first came out the hold list at the library for it was so long I decided to wait…and then I kind of forgot about it. Maybe next Christmas. ;D