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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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  • Brandamanda
  • 08-10-20

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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  • Melissa S.
  • 01-01-21

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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  • DawnO
  • 19-12-20

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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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 07-10-20

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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  • Audrey Bacon
  • 05-01-21

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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  • Rlane
  • 24-12-20

Perfect Holiday Read!

Maelyn is meeting her family and friends at a cabin in Park City, a cabin they’ve been meeting at for the holidays ever since she can remember. This is a welcome respite from her life where she’s unhappy in her career and love life.

For as long as Mae’s been noticing boys as more than just an annoyance, she’s had a crush on Andrew, the son of one of her parent’s long-time friends, while he’s never seemed to notice her other than as a friend. The prospect of seeing Andrews sends zings of anticipation and happiness through her.

However, the holiday doesn’t go as expected: Mae makes a tipsy mistake and is full of regrets as she heads home, but things don’t go as planned. A curious series of events sends Mae to the beginning of her vacation, just arriving at the cabin to live it all over again. Can she get it right and find happiness this time around? Fans the films Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow will definitely have fun with the story!

I loved In a Holidaze! It was magical! Sparkling lights, shopping for that perfectly imperfect tree surrounded by the smell of pine, the cold of snow, hot chocolate, and crackling fires! Seeing Andrew and Mae fall for each was oh-so-lovely, dreamy and steamy! I’m such a sucker for the unrequited love troupe and this is one that had me all swoony with big heart-eyes! A total recommend!

I alternately listened and read an e-copy. The audio version was fantastic! Patti Murin made this enchanting story come alive with her performance! I listened at 1.3x-1.4x.

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  • Bhavana
  • 24-12-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-20

Fun Holiday Read!

A lovely little Hallmark-esque holiday read. It was just the right amount of sweet without being over-the-top corny like some holiday movies/books. If you're looking for a holiday mood lifter- this is the one.

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  • Dee Mitch
  • 17-11-20

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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  • Mike Thompson
  • 17-11-20

Perfect!

Absolutely adorable story! Hate to see it end. There are a few times the sound is bad, but the narrator is flawless!

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