Such a great, feel good, holiday romance – I can see why everyone is raving about it this year! The vibe is lighthearted, Christmasy enough to give those holiday feelings, and adorably romantic. I loved the concept, and I could totally see this as a movie. One that I would watch without hesitation. The hero is also super sweet, and his love of the holidays was extra swoony. Plus, the 10-year friendship that these two have built one flight at a time made this feel rich and deep. I am not the biggest friends to lovers fan, and that’s really the only thing that tripped me up – I kept getting stuck on the years they wasted on other people, but that’s a me thing. I sincerely enjoyed the vast majority of this, and there are some truly spectacular moments.
The story follows Molly, a woman who looks forward to the flight home for Christmas every year. Ten years ago, Molly sat next to her (terrible) friend’s soon-to-be ex-boyfriend on the flight to Ireland, and the experience was incredibly awkward. When they ran into each other the next two years, things became progressively less cringeworthy, until an unlikely friendship was formed. But it’s not until their tenth flight together is cancelled because of weather that things between them begin to shift. As Molly and Andrew try to get home for the holidays, the experience draws them closer in a way that just might’ve been inevitable after all of these years.
I loved how fun and easy the overall tone was, which paired perfectly with the Christmas setting. It was also so entertaining seeing how Molly and Andrew’s relationship has evolved over the years – they legitimately didn’t get along at first, so that made the delay in them getting together all the more realistic. We see the series of missed connections that lead to them becoming such close friends, and that foundation was an impactful part of the story. They really couldn’t have gotten together any sooner, as much as I might bemoan the years they wasted. The story is told exclusively from Molly’s point of view, so we also she how her thoughts about Andrew shift over time, which made it all the more engaging. I loved trying to figure out Andrew’s feelings, and it was easy to fall for the sweetheart of a man. There’s a large part of me that wants to rate this as 5 stars, and I’m sure that friends to lovers fans will have no trouble doing so – this was pretty great.
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…
About the Author:
Catherine Walsh was born and raised in Ireland.
She lived in London for a few years 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.
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