Every year, three families gather for the Christmas holidays at a cabin in Utah owned by the Hollis family. They all met in college and their children have celebrated together since birth. Maelyn (Mae) Jones, however, isn’t enjoying this year’s festivities. She’s moved back home, hates her job and learned that the Hollis’s plan to sell the cabin. Even worse, in a drunken holidaze moment, she made out with Theo Hollis late the previous night in the mud room. They’re more like siblings and if that wasn’t bad enough, she’s had a hopeless crush on his older brother, Andrew, for years and he witnessed the make out session. On the way to the airport with her family to return home, Mae sees them about to crash. She closes her eyes and when she opens them, she’s on the airplane going back to Utah…back to the beginning of the trip!
If this sounds like Groundhog Day you’d be right but this has a neat twist. There’s a finite number of times this reoccurs but I’ll leave that to your discovery. It’s rather whimsical in approach and the hilarity ensues upon each repeat when Mae knows what’s going to happen leading up to her departure date as she tries to figure out what she needs to do to make it stop. What I loved in addition to the humor is the dynamics of the group. If you could imagine the ideal holiday experience it might look like what these three families have created. It’s not all perfection but the affection they have for each other is undeniable.
I really enjoyed this story and thought the narrator captured the pleasing nature of Mae Jones with all of her wry humor, neuroses and adoration of all things Andrew. Every character was well developed and I felt I knew them intimately by the end of the story. I’m glad I chose the audio version as the storytelling was fun and put me in the spirit of the season. I can always count on these writers to just get everything right.
- Release Date: October 6, 2020
- Narrator: Patti Murin
- Audio Length: 7 hours, 40 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)