Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Year: 2020
Page Count: 336
Rating: 3.5 stars
Blurb (From Goodreads):
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 read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.
Going into this book, I was very skeptical because I heard that this was a story that involved a time loop. In my experience, time loops can either be a lot of fun or very repetitive. Luckily, this is one that just worked, and made for a very enjoyable Christmas story!
This book follows Mae, who feels a bit stuck in her life. She lives with her parents in a town she hates, at a job she hates, and has no love life. Except of course, for the huge crush she has on Andrew, who she only sees for one week every year.
I found Mae to be a very relatable character. I think everyone knows the feeling of panic because they don’t know what they’re doing with their life! She also has really great character development, as she starts out the book as just kind of floating along, content but not happy. By the end, however, she is ambitious and goes after what she wants! Of course, this all thanks to the time loop that she is thrown in.
As for the time loop itself, it was a bit… strange. It was never really explained by the end, and the reader never gets lot of information about its rules. Furthermore, if I remember right, Mae only goes back in time 2 or 3 times, which makes for a bit of an anticlimactic ending when she is able to escape it. Like I mentioned earlier, I am happy that the book didn’t feel repetitive, but the time loops definitely didn’t feel as front and center as I would have liked, and rather mostly focused on Andrew (which makes sense because this is a romance novel… but still).
Speaking of Andrew… I had a bit of a hard time connecting with his character as well. I felt like the reader didn’t know much about him, except that Mae literally has idolized him since childhood. He didn’t really have a whole lot of character quirks and just felt kind of like a stock character. I also felt like him and Mae’s relationship came just a bit too easy. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but considering they have been lifelong friends (nearly family), he took the news of her crush a bit too well.
One thing I did really like about this book was the setting! This takes place at a cabin in the middle of the woods, which made for a super cozy and Christmas-y read. I also liked the aspect of found family in this story, as the cabin crew consists of people who had been best friends since college and are now essentially family. This had a big cast of characters and they were all a lot of fun to read about, and of course there are so many light hearted and fluffy family moments.
All in all, this was a cute Christmas read but not anything that will stick with me long term.
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