In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Groundhog Christmas Week!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🙃🥰
The heroine: Maelyn Jones (a.k.a. Noodle) – she is at her favorite place in the whole world. A cabin in the Mountains owned by her parents friends where her parents and all their college friends have gathered for Christmas her whole life. She has grown up loving this cabin and the friends and family gatherings ever year.
The Hero(s): Andrew Hollis (a.k.a. Mandrew) – The eldest son of two of Mae’s parents college friends. He lives for music and works in the music industry. He has always treated Mae as a kid sister and mentions at one point that everyone expected her and his younger brother Theo since Theo and Mae are the same age.
The Story: On December 26, after a week at the cabin, Mae and her family find out that the cabin is going to be sold, so this will be their last year. On the drive to the airport, they are in a car accident and Mae loses consciousness only to wake up on the plane to Park City on December 20th. She is living the week at the cabin over again.
“I laugh because this feels genuinely impossible. How does one move on from a man so kind of heart and fine of ass?”
Mae made a huge mistake the first time around so is determined not to make that same mistake. Everything seems to be going fine, she is even able to convince her parents Australian friend Benny who is like her favorite uncle, what is happening to her. When she takes a header down some stairs and wakes up on the plane again.
I don’t want to give away everything that happens in this extremely cute and funny version of Groundhog day, but I really enjoyed this story. I have been watching a lot of Hallmark Christmas movies over the past few days and this would make a great one. Of course the Groundhog day trope has been done before, but so have a lot of the Christmas movies. I can’t tell you how many I have seen where the heroine falls for a Prince.
The narration on this book was great. It was done by Patti Muran. I usually love dual narration with a male and female narrator, but this one was good, she has snark and great comic timing and even does Benny’s Australian accent pretty well. This is definitely a good book to do via audio.
“You’ve never been for me, Maisie. I never knew you were an option.”