If you love wholesome, funny holiday love stories, you will love this book.
Plot: Young woman (I’m old, 26 feels young to me now) who has kind of moved through life passively, has the worst Christmas ever at a cabin her family and extended chosen family spend every Christmas together. On their drive back to the airport, she makes a wish for the universe to show her what would make her happy, and they promptly get into a car accident. She wakes up on the airplane at the start of the vacation, and from there on it’s a standard Groundhog Day thing.
The standard plot is very very cliche (I say this with love). Just imagine any Hallmark or Netflix rom com and you’ve got this book. With one difference. It’s actually good. The plot moves logically, without any Big Misunderstandings or plot contrivances (beyond the basic mechanic of time travel). The characters are more fleshed out than you might expect, even when they spend very little time on the page. The dialogue is sharp and funny. Characters act with tremendous amounts of emotional intelligence, and when they falter, they realize it was their own fault for expecting someone to behave in a way entirely inconsistent with who they are as a person just because that’s what they wanted.
There are no surprises in this story. It’s a perfect holiday read. It’s low on angst and heavy on funny holiday activities. It’s basic message is probably best summarized with the expression that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Again, this read is cliche central, but it is extremely well done and better than anything you’ll find on TV this month.