The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

|Synopsis|

All they want for Christmas is a different life..

When Chef Charlie Goodwin gets hit on the head on the LA 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 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?


|Review|

I judge books by their covers (it’s a bad habit I’m trying to break) so when this came out last year I decided to skip it. If I hadn’t been desperately searching for a holiday romance audiobook available now on Libby I probably wouldn’t have read this one, which would have been a tragedy. This book was so freaking cute. I loved the romance, the sister relationship and the baking aspects of the story so much.

Charlie and Cassie swapping places felt a little prince and the pauper, but because they’re both bakers I found it a little more realistic with how everything turned out. The swap was so fun and I loved how they not only got a some insight into the others life, it also helped them each to gain some new perspective on their own lives. Both were kinda unhappy and feeling stuck so it was fun seeing how they shook things up.

The men in this book were the sweetest and so swoony. They didn’t do anything spectacular but any means, they were just good guys who knew how to treat a girl right. They were there during critical moments for each of the girls, giving great advice and stepping up to help out. The pacing was a little fast but it actually worked.

The setting of Starlight Peak with its quirky cast of characters was the perfect Hallmark town. The side characters really helped to make this book. There were so many hints/clues of side plots waiting to happen that kept me questing just how it would all come together in the end.

While a wholesome and adorable romance, there was really little holiday to it and this could be read any time of the year. If you’re looking for a cheesy yet perfect happily ever after hallmark movie in a book then definitely add this to your TBR.

Rating: ★★★★

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