During Ramadan, Zubair attempts to connect with his culture through food content on social media ... he ultimately ends up getting schooled by his grandmother on how to prepare a traditional dish.
Get Cozy With Winter Multi-Faith Romcom “Three Holidays and a Wedding”
Set against a backdrop of the holiday season, the novel skillfully intertwines the celebrations of Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas, mirroring the real-life convergence of these festivities in the year 2000.
"Three Holidays and a Wedding," co-authored by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley, is a romantic comedy that transports readers to the late '90s and early ‘00s, aka the magical and nostalgic romcom heyday. Set against a backdrop of the holiday season, the novel skillfully intertwines the celebrations of Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas, mirroring the real-life convergence of these festivities in the year 2000.
The story follows Maryam and Anna, who meet during an eventful flight diverted to the storybook town of Snow Falls. The setting, reminiscent of classic holiday movies, gains a fresh dimension with its diverse, multi-faith community. As the characters navigate familiar romantic tropes, the authors infuse new twists, revealing layers that make them relatable and captivating.
"Three Holidays and a Wedding" is a cozy narrative that goes beyond the conventional, whether its characters are able to realize new dimensions to their wants and needs or the empowerment to challenge stereotypes. The authors successfully transform iconic 2000s archetypes into something new, providing readers with a glimpse into a magical time and place where love, family and friendship take center stage.
Reading the novel is akin to peering into a snow globe, capturing a moment when the world is serene, beautiful and filled with laughter and love. With its enchanting portrayal of a holiday romance, "Three Holidays and a Wedding" offers a perfect blend of nostalgia, diverse characters and a heartwarming story.
The book’s description, from the publisher’s website:
“Combines two budding romances, a massive snowstorm, unlikely friends, meddling family members, and one magical small-town for the most festive book you’ll read this year.” — Carley Fortune, author of “Every Summer After”
Three times the holiday magic. Three times the chaos.
As strangers and seatmates Maryam Aziz and Anna Gibson fly to Toronto over the holidays — Maryam to her sister’s impromptu wedding, and Anna to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy family for the first time — neither expect that severe turbulence will scare them into confessing their deepest hopes and fears to one another. At least they’ll never see each other again. And the love of Maryam’s life, Saif, wasn’t sitting two rows behind them hearing it all. Oops.
An emergency landing finds Anna, Saif, Maryam, and her sister’s entire bridal party snowbound at the quirky Snow Falls Inn in a picture-perfect town, where fate has Anna’s actor-crush filming a holiday romance. As Maryam finds the courage to open her heart to Saif, and Anna feels the magic of being snowbound with an unexpected new love — both women soon realize there’s no place they’d rather be for the holidays.
Uzma Jalaluddin is the internationally bestselling author of “Ayesha at Last” and “Hana Khan Carries On.” A high school teacher, she has also written a regular column for the Toronto Star and contributed to The Atlantic. Her first novel was optioned for film by Pascal Pictures and her second novel was optioned for film by Kaling International and Amazon Studios. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Marissa Stapley is the New York Times bestselling author of Reese's Book Club pick “Lucky,” as well as international bestsellers “Mating for Life,” “Things to Do When It's Raining,” and “The Last Resort.” Many of her novels have been optioned for television and her journalism has appeared in publications across North America. She also lives in Toronto with her family.
“Three Holidays and a Wedding” was recently named a Good Morning America Buzz Pick. It is available now wherever books are sold.