Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh
.ePUB, 350 pages
Publication Date: September 29, 2022
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About The Book:
Molly and Andrew are just trying to get home to Ireland for the holidays, when a freak snowstorm grounds their flight. Nothing romantic has ever happened between them: they’re friends and that’s all. But once a year, for the last ten years, Molly has spent seven hours and fifteen minutes sitting next to Andrew on the last flight before Christmas from Chicago to Dublin, drinking terrible airplane wine and catching up on each other’s lives. In spite of all the ways the two friends are different, it’s the holiday tradition neither of them has ever wanted to give up. Molly isn’t that bothered by Christmas, but—in yet another way they’re total opposites—Andrew is a full-on fanatic for the festive season and she knows how much getting back to Ireland means to him. So, instead of doing the sane thing and just celebrating the holidays together in America, she does the stupid thing. The irrational thing. She vows to get him home. And in time for his mam’s famous Christmas dinner. The clock is ticking. But Molly always has a plan. And—as long as the highly-specific combination of taxis, planes, boats, and trains all run on time—it can’t possibly go wrong. What she doesn’t know is that, as the snow falls over the city and over the heads of two friends who are sure they’re not meant to be together, the universe might just have a plan of its own.
I loved this book, it was a little different than your usual friends-to-lovers romantic comedy. Andrew and Molly have been plane mates every Christmas for the past ten years. Molly finds herself at a crossroads regarding her career and is going home for Christmas to think things through as her family isn't big on the holiday and she wants to be there for her pregnant sister. Andrew and his family adore the holiday and go out big every year to celebrate it and he can't wait to join them.
This year a winter storm cancels their flight and Molly makes it her mission to get Andrew home to Ireland from Chicago. I really enjoyed how we got chapters from the other flights they shared, it really gave me a deep look into where their relationship started and how it changed over the years and how each of them evolved and matured. I could also see them falling in love as the years went by.
I loved Andrew's family so much, they are the type of family everyone wishes they had. The banter between the two main characters was fresh, fun and swoon-worthy. The side characters added to the story, which doesn't always happen, so I appreciated that. I also loved the moral of the story, the true meaning of Christmas is being with those you love and Molly and Andrew obviously love each other. This one gave me all the feels, holiday and otherwise and I highly recommend it to holiday read lovers everywhere.
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