Rating: 3.5 / 5
Romance is not my typical genre, but I did really enjoy THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren. When a friend gifted me IN A HOLIDAZE by the author duo, I knew it had to be on my December TBR. We wound up picking it for the #SaturdayBookstaClub buddy read that I help to host on Bookstagram as well!
IN A HOLIDAZE begins with the premise that Mae is stuck in a time loop. She has just found out that the beloved Christmas cabin where her family and their friends have spent every Christmas together since before she was born is going to be sold and her last Christmas there was less than perfect. She’s created a big problem with her good friend Theo and she has failed to confess her feelings for the love of her life Andrew.
As her family is driving away from their final stay at the cabin, something happens and Mae wakes up back on the plane en route to the cabin and she’s the only one who remembers the first trip. This is her opportunity to do everything differently… if she can figure out how to stop looping back to the beginning.
This was a fun holiday, change of pace read for me and I enjoyed the read. I actually flew through this one in a single evening. Being someone who really loves alternate reality, parallel world type books I think my mind wanted a bit more logic from the story. I wanted answers to the why and the how which really was not the point of the story.
I really enjoyed the different Christmas traditions the family goes through. Having a group of friends who I count as found family, I can absolutely picture gathering everyone together with their kids and their pets and having a big weeklong cabin stay full of fun and games and cooking (hopefully better cooking than some of the disastrous attempts in the book).
We had a fun discussion about the book, talking about some of the logic of the time loop and the question of how you would ever feel settled in your life again after going through something like this. Would you fear that at any moment you might wake up back on that airplane and have to re-live the last five, ten, twenty years?
This was a great way to celebrate the holiday season with the buddy read group! This one does require some suspension of disbelief, but it is absolutely a fun read and I can see why it has been popping up all over bookstagram!