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The instant New York Times best seller

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 best-selling 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 listen will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

©2020 Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Meh

It was of course predictable from the start. Nothing new or note worthy. I was also a bit overwhelmed at being introduced to twelve characters in the first chapter. One scene having to do with being unable to breathe under a flannel sleeping bag was pretty funny. But basically, not bad enough to ask for a refund, but nothing to recommend, either.

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Great Scrooged spin off

No ghosts of Christmas past, but the main character did have the option to right her wrongs. If only...!? Great holiday read!

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Do not waste your money

I love chick flicks, and I love Rom-Coms, I'm generally happy with most books. This boom was promoted by the Skimm, so I thought it would be great. It fell flat. The storyline was weird, I did not grow attached to the characters, and the overall plot was bland.
The performer of the book was the only redeeming quality.

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Mandrew and Mazey <3

I can’t write enough good things about this book. It was beautiful, captivating, honest and a story of not being afraid to go after what you want. It’s heartwarming, funny, steamy and by the end you’ll be wanting a family just like this book depicts. So many times I could feel like I was there with the characters experiencing what they were and that to me is always a sign of a well written book.

The only problem... is now I want more.

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Mae gets a redo from the Universe

This audibook gave me the warm fuzzies because it made me feel good and hopeful that some errors in love aren't fatal for relationships. I wish I had the ability to go back and fix a mistake in the past, and this story just made me smile because it was a ground-hog day romance done right.

Mae Jones’s family spend every Christmas holiday at a remote cabin in Utah with the Holis Family, her parent’s BF. The families practically grew up together and have so much history. Since they were teenagers, Mae had a crush on Andrew Holis, but all the kids were friend so she never acted on her feelings.

On this particular Christmas vacation, Mae made a huge mistake that she fears would hurt Andrew if he found out but the universe granted Mae a reprieve by sending her a few days back. And thus, Mae’s ground hog day/time travel experience begins as she keeps relieving the same day over and over until she learns some cosmic lesson.

I loved the growth in Mae. At the beginning of the story, Mae had just moved back home with her parents as her career was floundering. As a character, she felt adrift but as she kept reliving the same day, she gained confidence and insight. This holiday romance was a slow burner but it was sweet and humorous. The added family dynamics, particularly, the siblings was the best part of the book for me. I love holiday times because of the family and this rom-com definitely gave me the feels.

The writing was so smooth and the story was relatable that I could envision this as both my family as well as a Christmas holiday movie. It won’t surprise me one bit to see this on Hallmark one day. This one was another winner by Christina Lauren.

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Don’t waste your time.

I bought this book on the recommendation of an author I thought I respected. I feel duped. With endless sex and make out scenes and constant strife and angst, it just wasn’t very Christmas-y. It’s a whining, frustrating, GenZ version of “ Ground Hog Day “ wrapped in recycled gift paper. Eh.

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Unexpectedly Cute

Honestly, the first part was intriguing, but once I realized this was a Christmas version of Groundhog Day, with the same day repeating itself, it became difficult to get to the end. But I am still glad that I did. Everything came together and gave me the adorable happy ending I was longing for. I do have to say that minus all the back and forth the story was pretty predictable, though still enjoyable. The narrators voice was a bit monotonous. I do like that she tried to do an Australian accent when needed which showed effort. But overall, sometimes I felt myself drifting away in other thoughts while listening. It was good, but not captivating.

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light-hearted read with some loose ends

I felt like a lot was left unresolved, particularly with Theo and the time loops! I didn't quite buy the relationship with Andrew or how quickly it developed. I liked the descriptions of the family, the cabin, and some of their traditions. It was nice to listen to but I grew a little annoyed with the plot by the end.

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Wonderful holiday read!

This book made me cry—a lot. A perfect read for this holiday season, especially if you’re missing your family because of the pandemic.

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DNF at 64%

I usually love this author, but there was nothing about this one that I even liked. It is touted as a romcom, which I typically steer clear of because what the authors and publishers think is hilarious very rarely resonates with me as even mildly funny. And that held true with this one, other than one scene at the beginning (which I can't even remember now,) I didn't laugh at all. [The blurb doesn't specify who the love interest is for Mae, and after the first chapter, my brain felt sure it was going to be Theo. Unfortunately, it's not. When I got to 64% and realized that she wasn't making her way back to him, I hit the reviews for spoilers, and verified that it was Andrew she is with, instead of his brother Theo. I felt more chemistry between Mae and Theo in the first few pages, than I did between our leads throughout the rest of the book that I read. (hide spoiler)] Since I'm not feeling the chemistry between our main characters, and based on other reviews, [the reasoning for the time loop is never revealed, (hide spoiler)] so I'm cutting my losses.

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Fun festive read

A romantic twist on Groundhog Day- fun and festive, coming of age tale set in an snowy wonderland

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Flat and dull

Christina Lauren have written some really clever and funny books but this falls well short. The time loop had missed opportunities and it was flat and lacked creativity. I'm surprised no one else has commented but it felt like every other paragraph ended with "I laugh", "Andrew laughs" or "he/she laughs". Every time someone laughed, I cringed. It felt lazy and rushed and in need of some serious editting. The nicknames were also cringey. "Noodle" is not endearing for any age of woman. Finally, the dips in audio quality was the final straw. Looking forward to a new CL novel that brings back the charm of the earlier books.

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