Come December I’m in the mood for a Christmas story, something fun and lighthearted. This year in my search for Christmas themed books I struck gold!
Christina Lauren as you may or may not know is the pen name of the duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, I’ve enjoyed their books for many years and when I learned they wrote and Christmas book I punched that pre-order button with giddy joy. I was not disappointed at all! IN A HOLIDAZE was fun and sweet and frothy; just the thing I need at this time of year!
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.
“Yeah, yeah a modern twist on A CHRISTMAS CAROL…. It’s been done to death!” I hear you saying. But you guys! This really is an unusual twist. I loved every minute of it! I was blinking back tears at the end of Holly’s story, I’m going to buy a hardback copy to re-read every Christmas–It was that good!
On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died.
Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…
This came recommended to me and I have only just started it. I”ll come back and update you when I finish it!
Edit: I finished it! Wow! First off it’s a great story! I loved the characters, they seemed real in a way that only great writers can manage. Although most of the important scenes set during Christmas and New Years I wouldn’t call it a Christmas book, more a Winter book. All the same I would recommend it.
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.
Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
Until then my friends, Sending you hopeful wishes for a brighter new year!
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