I am delighted to be a part of the blog tour and to share my review of; Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh.
A big thank you to Sarah at Bookouture for the invite to this tour.
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 aeroplane wine and catching up on each other’s lives. Despite 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 same 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 McFarlane, and Christina Lauren.
Listen to a sample here:
Oh My Gawd, how much do I love this book?!
Holiday Romance follows the wonderful friends-to-lovers story between Molly and Andrew who over ten years have each taken the same flight as they travel back home to Dublin from Chicago for the Christmas holidays. Since that very first flight when Andrew was dating Molly’s roommate this annual tradition has kept going, they have become firm friends over the past decade. They pass the hours talking and catching up and have done every year, neither think of themselves as anything but very good friends, and neither wants to break this annual tradition.
Andrew and Molly despite being the best of friends, they are completely different; chalk and cheese. Andrew absolutely loves – no loves is not the right word – he is Christmas obsessed, he loves the traditions, the fun, the magical joy of Christmas and most of all he loves being with his family and diving into his mam’s Christmas dinner. I have melted and gone to pure heaven with this guy, I too am a huge fan of my family’s Christmas dinner!!
Whereas Molly is the absolute opposite, she basically can’t be asked to bother with it all, it’s too much, too full, and too showy on the outside she is as hard as nails no Christmas glitter is getting past that hard exterior, yet inside she is a softie and a lot more sentimental then she and others think – plus our girl likes food. Yup, I have just met myself in bookish character form!!
Without giving too much away, this year’s trip home goes wrong, very wrong! Their plane is grounded due to a storm, they could always stay in the US this year, but Molly being the kind, considerate and secretly sentimental woman she is decides that her friend will not miss out on his Christmas and devises a plan to get him home in time for Christmas.
What follows is a fabulous adventure full of laughter, fun, and frustration that things don’t quite go right and soon Christmas magic starts sprinkling romantic glitter over Molly and Andrew.
I really liked these two, they are meant to be firm friends but were they meant to be more? Well, of course, they were! Their journey from friends to romance is natural and so swoon-worthy, you feel all the glittery tingles you only get from a gorgeously happy and joyful romance, add in Christmas and two very lovely people and you have a wonderful story of true love.
Talk about super cute, you can’t get cuter than this beauty, it’s incredibly fun, light-hearted, cheerful, romantic, festive, and utterly feel-good – honestly, this book was meant to be made into a film! It needs to be, and better still it would be an instant classic. I love it!!
An absolute must-read for anyone who devours romantic comedies like biscuits.
Catherine Walsh was born and raised in Ireland. She has a degree in Popular Literature and the only prize she ever won for writing was at the age of 14 in school (but she still cherishes it.)
She lived in London for a few years where she worked in Publishing and the non-profit sector before returning to Dublin where she now lives between the mountains and the sea. When not writing she is trying and failing to not kill her houseplants.