Holiday Romance – ARC Book Review

Title:- Holiday Romance

Author:- Catherine Walsh

Date published:- will be published on October 4th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 318 pages

Genre:- Romance/Holiday


Plot:- 3/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 3.5/5

She’s meant to be catching flights, not catching feelings…

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…

A totally gorgeous and escapist friends-to-lovers festive romance with a swoon-worthy hero. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Mhairi Macfarlane, and Christina Lauren.

This is the third book I have read of Catherine Walsh. While I enjoyed her two previous book, I am having mixed feelings about this book.

Molly and Andrew are trying to get home Ireland for Christmas but a snowstorm in Chicago prevents them from going home. So in a dramatic events that would take them around just in time to reach home for Christmas, the universe has different ideas and the two starts falling in love.

The good things about this book is, there were some funny parts in the story that made me laugh out loud. However, this book sounds a bit like Four Christmases except the difference is the two are trying to reach to their families. I felt like I was watching some kind of Hallmark romance movie while reading this book and felt a bit unrealistic in some parts. Nevertheless, for ones who love a good Christmas romance novel that mirrors a Hallmark movie, then this book is one for you. Worth 3.5 stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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