Three Holidays and a Wedding

Putnam. Sept. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780593543917. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Best-selling novelists Jalaluddin (Much Ado About Nada) and Stapley (Lucky) join together to write an utterly enchanting holiday romance. Set in the year 2000 when Christmas, Hanukkah, and Ramadan overlapped, this cute story is about a group of travelers who get diverted by a winter storm and end up stranded in the small, picturesque Canadian town of Snow Falls. Anna is devastated by the storm: she was on her way to meet her perfect-on-paper boyfriend. Alone and missing her mix of Christian and Jewish traditions, she connects with a sweet local guy who shares her holiday customs—and gets her the way no one else ever has. Meanwhile, Maryam is traveling with an entourage—all of whom had been heading to her sister’s wedding, now postponed indefinitely. Part of the wedding group includes Maryam’s childhood crush, Saif. As they work to ensure that the group can continue to honor Ramadan in this remote town, Maryam and Saif get to know each other beyond their mutual misconceptions and find that second chances at love do exist.
VERDICT This charming multicultural and multi-faith romance sparkles with an adorable cast of characters and a storyline that reads like a movie one would want to watch again and again.
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