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Holiday Romance

By: Catherine Walsh
Narrated by: Shelley Atkinson
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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.

©2022 Catherine Walsh (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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They actually communicate

The people in this book continually communicate with each other and use their words to explain where their head is at. Amazing.

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Long holiday

This had a lot of potential- I thought it was going to be an Irish version of You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry. It was let down by being just far too long, at least four hours too long, and there wasn’t as much tension between the back and forth timelines as the set-up promised. Narrator was excellent though.

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Highly recommend

If you like Moyes and McFarlane the. This is a must. Can’t wait to read more of Catherine Walsh. I love Christmas being set over the festive season was a bonus

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Slow burn

A slow love story, told in modern day with poignant flashbacks. The pace is definitely more sedate than others by this author, but it helps show just how this relationship has grown slowly over time. I can imagine this being made into a Christmas movie, and I hope it is!

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Irritating like being stuck in an airport

The whole way through this book I just felt anxious as if I was stuck in transit with the main characters. There were some bright spots, an escapade in London for example, but it really just felt like a chore getting through this book. I won’t be buying Catherine Walsh’s other books.

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Easy listening

This was a lovely easy listening book. You get caught up in the characters, and can anticipate what is going to happen. It was a holiday romance book.

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Maybe friends to lovers just isn’t for me…

I mean it was fine. Well written and I enjoyed listening to it for the most part. It just didn’t seem to have any tension or much conflict at all really. Very few obstacles to overcome bar travel inconveniences. Maybe it’s because I’m more of a fan of the lovers to enemies trope. The romance was just a little too easy for the characters for my taste and I lost interest part way through.

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Absolutely loved it!

Could NOT stop listening, not only was it a gorgeous story of friendship, family & love, it was bloody funny! I laughed inappropriately in public a few too many times! The most loveable characters I’ve read in a long time, but also very believable!

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  • Kenz
  • 07-12-2022

SWEET

If I had to summarize this book in one word, it would be SWEET ☺️

🎄friends to lovers
🎄slow-burn romance
🎄alternating timelines
🎄sweet family elements
🎄travel shenanigans and witty banter
🎄no real 3rd act conflict 🙌🏻

This book was just precious! Andrew and Molly, who meet in college, travel home to Ireland every year together from Chicago. Over the course of 10 years, they become very close and I really enjoyed seeing how their relationship developed over the years in the flashback chapters. It’s very clear that they were just slowly falling in love and they didn’t even realize it. If you’re looking for a precious, holiday romance, I would def recommend!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for an e-ARC of this book, all opinions are my own!

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 28-11-2022

Not what I expected, so sweet

Loved this story, very real and down to earth, not at all what I expected!

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  • Ithaca NY Buyer
  • 26-12-2023

Horrible

I couldn't finish this book. I thought I would be brave and listen to the end, but this book was giving me bad vibes. Probably the worst book I listened to/read this year.

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  • ChristiReadsALot
  • 21-12-2022

Cute friends to lovers holiday romance!

This was such a cute and fun friends to lovers holiday romance! Molly and Andrew have been friends for years, like 8+, and have become travel companions while both fly back home to Ireland from Chicago. I loved seeing their different flights over the years, we get flashbacks of different moments from each year and it was so fun to see. There was pining, which I especially love in a friends to lovers! I liked seeing time spent with both of their families in Ireland. I liked how over the years they were never on the same page, someone was with someone else, or something was always making it “not the right time”. The audio for this was a great listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-2022

Not what I expected and I loved it

Loved this!! As others have said. It was better than I expected. I liked the characters and their connection. The twists and turns. Slow burn romance. It was lovely!!

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  • Mar
  • 11-02-2024

Cute and fun romance

Engaging and cleverly written story with humor. I really like the sequel. Wish I started with this one first

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  • Krystal- toread_or_nottoread_sc
  • 19-01-2024

A wonderful holiday romance!

I loved this story so much! It was exactly what I was hoping for! Andrew and Molly and their crazy dash home while reliving their past flights brought me so much joy! I loved their families and the way they talked about everything! This is a love story I look forward to rereading time and again!

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  • Ktbug518
  • 15-01-2024

Excellent story! Irish Narrator!!

This is one of my favorite books! You get sucked into Catherine’s storytelling and feel like you’re there with Andrew and Molly. That the narrator is Irish as both of the main characters and a large portion of the story is Irish. If you’re looking for a story with all feels, look no further!

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  • JGowel
  • 31-12-2023

Took a while but cute ending

The pace was a little slow but the flashbacks were fun and the antics made me laugh. Cute Christmas read.

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  • Denise R
  • 31-12-2023

Lovely characters

I really like reading Christmas romance novel during the holidays and this book fit right in. I read Snowed In first and liked it better maybe the narration was better

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  • Lizzie
  • 20-12-2023

Hilarious and heartwarming

Absolutely loved this gorgeous romcom — emphasis on the comedy, I was snort-laughing so hard. Brilliantly narrated, and was my second read so was wonderful to hear Walsh’s words brought to life.

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  • Millie
  • 18-12-2022

Five star Christmas read.

A Christmas romance, so funny that it isn't irritating. 💖 Friends to lovers you know are in love, and you're just waiting for them to show it to one another. A work of festive art. 🎄

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  • Molly b
  • 24-11-2022

Great Listen and story

Story was clever and adorable. lovely Irish Christmas traditions! Narration was excellent. loved it!

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  • J
  • 24-11-2022

Absolutely brilliant

Loved everything about this book. So wonderful and such escapism. The characters were brilliantly well written and narrated well.

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  • J Hobson
  • 15-11-2022

a great festive read

A great Christmas story that's really got me in the mood to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot chocolate and more Christmas stories. Molly and Andrew have spent the last 10 years on a flight home from Chicago to Ireland. They start off as Accidental meets but soon become a planned and much looked forward to event. This year is a bit different as a snow storm means their usual journey ends up being a whole lot tricker. I loved following them on the journey home and how they slowly went from being friends to more. My favourite bit was when they finally got home and spend time with each others familys they slid into each others lives seamlessly. I really enjoy Catherine Walsh's writing every time i read one of her books it makes me want to go to Ireland so badly. A really enjoyable festive read. I enjoyed the narration but I did find the narrators accent a bit hard to decipher at times but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story

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  • Highland girl
  • 27-10-2022

Hilarious …

Catherine Walsh is a new author for me but after reading this funny and most excellent book I’ll definitely read more of her books. I laughed out loud a lot especially with Zoe. A great Christmas story.

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