The Holiday Swap
by Maggie Knox

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me the electronic ARC of The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox, published on October 5, 2021, in exchange for an honest review.

I hate starting off a review by saying that I’m disappointed in a book, but unfortunately that’s how I feel about The Holiday SwapI REALLY, REALLY wanted to love this book.  It sounded SO cute (check out the synopsis below!) and I loved the idea of twin sisters swapping their lives because it gave me alllll The Parent Trap feels (I loved that movie *so much*), but unfortunately, there was just too much about this book that did not work for me:

  • The Holiday Swap was not believable whatsoever.  I’m all for happy-go-lucky books, but please, make them believable.  The characters and the plot both fell short and felt really fake to me.
  • The twin sisters, Charlie and Cass, were extremely immature and did not at all act like they were 28 years old.  I also had a very hard time keeping track of who was who because their names were so similar and in each chaper they were called the other sister’s name.  It was very difficult to stay on top of.  I also really don’t understand why both women couldn’t be honest and up front with their potential love interests from the very beginning?  They were each given several opportunities to do so, and they chose not to.
  • Now, speaking of the main love interests.  JAKE turned into JACK for one section of the book and I seriously have no idea how that was missed in editing.  There were also tons of other silly writing errors and spelling mistakes.

What I enjoyed were all of the baking references and many of the scenes set in the family bakery.  These scenes were really cute and I loved reading the ‘behind the scenes’ of making enough bread for an entire town in time for Christmas.  It also made me reaaaaallllyyy want to bake some holiday goodies!

Overall, The Holiday Swap was a quick and easy read, but it really did not deliver for me plot- or character-wise.  There were so many times that I wished something else would happen or where I wanted something more to come from the story.


ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SWAP:

A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas–perfect for fans of Christina Lauren’s In a Holidaze and Josie Silver’s One Day in December.

All they want for Christmas is a different life.

When chef Charlie Goodwin gets hit on the head on the L.A. set of her reality baking show, she loses a lot more than consciousness; she also loses her ability to taste and smell–both critical to her success as show judge. Meanwhile, Charlie’s identical twin, Cass, is frantically trying to hold her own life together back in their quaint mountain hometown while running the family’s bustling bakery and dealing with her ex, who won’t get the memo that they’re over.

With only days until Christmas, a desperate Charlie asks Cass to do something they haven’t done since they were kids: switch places. Looking for her own escape from reality, Cass agrees. But temporarily trading lives proves more complicated than they imagined, especially when rugged firefighter Jake Greenman and gorgeous physician’s assistant Miguel Rodriguez are thrown into the mix. Will the twins’ identity swap be a recipe for disaster, or does it have all the right ingredients for getting their lives back on track?

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