Monday, February 15, 2021

In a Holidaze

 This romantic chick lit by Christina Lauren was a nice refreshing read for a cold winter day.  It felt like reading a Hallmark movie.   This is the second novel by this author pair that I have read.  Last year I read Twice in a Blue Moon and this book continued to be a good decision to read their work.  

The characters are well developed and relatable to the reader.  The unconventional family holiday book is a bit like the movie groundhog day and you cannot help but root for Maelyn to figure out her dilemma and find her happiness.  

The book is well written for a novel representing the repetition of a day.  The book does not feel monotonous and I found myself waiting to see what would happen next.  The book definitely has a sappy happy ending feel to it but but it is not without drama and uncertainty.   

The certainly provides a few thought provoking scenes where you wonder what determines a happy outcome.  Sometimes you have to fight for what you want and getting it too easily can ruin the outcome.  Is there such a thing as being too truthful.  

The book does contain a few detailed romantic scenes so this may  not be the most appropriate book for all readers.  

    In a Holidaze

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

I enjoyed this romance quite a bit. I think Christina Lauren did a wonderful job of not making the repetitive nature of the storyline boring. The book does a wonderful job of making the reader think about what happens if we really get a chance to do things over and what would we do with that opportunity. If we get what we've always wanted can we make the best of it. 

The characters are a charming untraditional family that just makes things work because they want to be together and part of each others' lives. It is easy to imagine oneself dropped into all their family holiday festivities and wanting to be a part of it. 

The book is a charming exploration into dealing with acknowledging our feelings and the outcomes of that willingness to expose ourselves. Being true means giving others a chance to show their true selves as well.

Be aware that there are some moderately detailed sexual encounters in the book so it may not be the best choice for every reader. 

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #10
  2. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes  UT
  3. AtoZ   #2021AtoZReadingChallenge  #AlphabetSoupChallenge  "I" 
  4. Alphabet Soup Author Edition #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge  "L"
  5. Beat the Backlist #BTB2021  #11 chapter title page has art
  6. 2021TBR  #2021ReadingChallenge # 10 chick lit
  7. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2021   Book #12
  8. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #15
  9. Around the Year in 52 Books #43. A book with elements of magic  
  10. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2021  #40 Found Via #Bookstagram  
  11. The Unofficial Magnus Archives Challenge  #TMARC21  #43. Jane Prentiss: with a found family
  12. BooklistQueen   # 33. Time Travel Novel
  13. A Pretty Mess Challenge #7. A love story
  14. NJM Book Challenge  #NJMBookChallenge2021  #16 genre not typical 
  16. Bookworm  #4.) Read a stand-alone novel (not in a series) 
  17. Magic in the Books 
    • Book 1 #1 With a written letter in it
  18. Pick your Poison #27-4 A book by two or more authors 
  19. Bloggers Bookshelf   #bloggersbookshelf #18  with snow on the cover 
  20. Monthly Motif #MonthlyMotifGXO  Read a relationship story, romance, comedy, or feel good contemporary.

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