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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Patti Murin
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 6, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours, 40 minutes
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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.
Christina Lauren is one of my favorite romance authors. I am enjoying the current string of standalone books which are very well-developed contemporary romance. In a Holidaze had the added benefit of being a holiday story.
Families with parents who had been best friends in college meet every year at Christmas. The years pass and they have children. There are divorces and marriages but the holiday week is well loved tradition. Until this year, when so many things go wrong. Mae ends up in a time loop until she gets it right, until she is happy.
I love all the great characters and the huge support circle of friends and family who care about each other. They know each other well. There is sledding and snow sculptures, decorating, board games, cards and great food. The “kids” of the college friends are now in their 20s and they need to take more responsibility for things.
Mae has been going along with the flow where everything is ok but it’s not really making her happy. Now she is pushed into having the courage to make some changes and tell some truth, and finds out how happy being her true self can be. I love her bravery in being honest and even with mistakes, fighting for what she wants.
I have enjoyed Patti Murin on another audiobook by this author. It was set in a different region so it was interesting to hear her use different voices. The story is all from Mae’s point of view and stream of thought so it feels right. The emotional tone fit well and made the performance more enjoyable. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed which was just a little fast.
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