Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Review: Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh

Holiday Romance
by Catherine Walsh

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 318
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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…

Kritters Thoughts:  A sweet romance that takes place all during the holiday season, but over many years!  Molly and Andrew ended up one year on the same flight from Chicago to Ireland and it keeps happening year after year until one year where they must do anything in order to get Andrew home to his Christmas loving family.  And because this is a romance book, we know where this will end, but we have no clue how it will end up there!

If you watch any sort of Hallmark movies during the holiday season, then this book will be the perfect companion to read with holiday music playing in the background.  I loved watching Molly and Andrew have short interactions year to year, but knowing that it takes place over many years keeps the book from feeling like instalove!  And of course the epic will they won't they make it home was a fun thread throughout the entire book as one year is featured in and out amongst the other years (I know this may be confusing, but go with me) - it was just such a fun ride to see them "miss" each other.  

While my reading time has been limited due to some life circumstances, I was glad I picked this one up and maybe kicked off my holiday season a little early with this one! 

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 59 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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