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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 t 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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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 t 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?

30 review for The Holiday Swap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Jenkins Reid

    When an accident causes baking show judge Charlie to lose her sense of taste and smell, she desperately asks her identical twin sister Cass to swap places with her. Wanting a break from her own stressful reality, Cass agrees. Cue mishaps and mayhem! With delicious bakes, two sweet romances, and a dash of Christmas spirit, this is one adorable holiday read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    So cute, like a Hallmark movie in a book. I have been a longtime fan of Karma Brown's books, and so when I saw that she had joined together with Marissa Stapley to write this book I was all in, and I was not disappointed. This isn't a unique premise, but these authors handled the storyline well. Charlie and Cass are identical twins. Charlie is a trained pastry chef who has a starring role on an LA television food competition show (along with a horrid co-host), and Cass works at home in a quaint mo So cute, like a Hallmark movie in a book. I have been a longtime fan of Karma Brown's books, and so when I saw that she had joined together with Marissa Stapley to write this book I was all in, and I was not disappointed. This isn't a unique premise, but these authors handled the storyline well. Charlie and Cass are identical twins. Charlie is a trained pastry chef who has a starring role on an LA television food competition show (along with a horrid co-host), and Cass works at home in a quaint mountain town running the family's bakery. When Charlie falls and gets a concussion, she is left without the ability to taste and smell anything. Knowing that her hosting job is on the line, she enlists Cass in a swap--she will work at the bakery and Cass can co-host the show. Neither one can predict the ups and downs this swap will cause in both their personal and professional lives. I just adored these characters, the food descriptions (my stomach growled so many times reading about the delectable treats the characters created), the camaraderie of the twins and the relationships they nurture and develop along the way. Yes, there's a plethora of heartwarming romance, but there is also a beautiful exploration of family and relationships, and the effect that lies, even well-intentioned ones, have on those around you. The novel also includes a (somewhat cheesy but not unexpected) happily-ever-after ending, a lovable dog, and an overall uplifting storyline. If you're looking for a bit of holiday cheer with a Hallmark movie vibe, then you cannot go wrong with The Holiday Swap. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    3.75 * To my delight I found out Maggie Knox is the pseudonym for two famous Canadian authors. Karma Brown (whose books I very much enjoy) and Marissa Stapley (I've only read one of her books but will look into more of them now.) This was my first Christmas book for the season. It was sweet (literally as both the main characters are chefs and there is a lot of baking going on.) It really reminded me of a Hallmark type of movie. Two twin sisters Charlie and Cass decide to swap places just before Chr 3.75 * To my delight I found out Maggie Knox is the pseudonym for two famous Canadian authors. Karma Brown (whose books I very much enjoy) and Marissa Stapley (I've only read one of her books but will look into more of them now.) This was my first Christmas book for the season. It was sweet (literally as both the main characters are chefs and there is a lot of baking going on.) It really reminded me of a Hallmark type of movie. Two twin sisters Charlie and Cass decide to swap places just before Christmas. Charlie is a famous tv chef who stars in a baking competition type of show (yes BIG The Great American Baking show vibes.) On set she falls and injures herself and needs to take time to rest but the show must go on! She asks her twin Cass to switch places with her. Charlie will in turn head back to their family bakery (in a quaint small town of all places) to help in the run-up to Christmas. This is a feel good type of story and a heartwarming romance. It's a little cheesy but it provides you with all the good feels around the holiday season. 🎄 I'd like to kindly thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for granting me access to this Advance Reader Copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This sweetest, loveliest, one of the most engaging story reminds you of feel good Hallmark movies you watch cuddling with your loved ones with a pure happy smile on your face. Its story line so many similarities with Vanessa Hudgens’ Netflix movie called Princess Switch: only there are a few differences: yes, there are twins and baking show at the both stories. But at this book; the sisters already know each other’s existence and they switch for work related crisis. One of them lives in quaint This sweetest, loveliest, one of the most engaging story reminds you of feel good Hallmark movies you watch cuddling with your loved ones with a pure happy smile on your face. Its story line so many similarities with Vanessa Hudgens’ Netflix movie called Princess Switch: only there are a few differences: yes, there are twins and baking show at the both stories. But at this book; the sisters already know each other’s existence and they switch for work related crisis. One of them lives in quaint mountain small town as the other living in LA, hosting a baking show, competing with her cohost to get her own show. So none of the twins is princess, there are still awww moments and deliciously heartfelt romance parts. I can honestly say this is more logical and more emotional, better version of similar story. Especially conclusion warmed my heart. I don’t know how many times I sighed or find myself holding my hurting cheeks because I smiled so much and tested my cheeks flexibility! Charlie is the baking show star, working on Christmas special with her not so much likable and very likely to be punchable or kickable partner Austin Nash. And she finds herself dozed off, being attacked by cast-iron pans unit, suffering from concussion. Charming physician assistant Miguel advised her to rest. She doesn’t want to listen to him because she needs to defeat Austin at his own game, getting her own show as she deserves. But when she losses the ability of tasting and smelling as a side effect of her injury, she calls her sister Cass who is working full time at her family’s Woodworn Breads Bakery, begging for Parent Trap-ping ! Her sister will become her for 10 days to guarantee her place at the new show as she takes her place as a full time baker at their family bakery at the most busiest time of the year. Luckily their parents are on trip and nobody needs to know about their arrangement. Cass already needs a break from her long time relationship: her boyfriend insists to drag her into marriage even she says no. When twins switch places they both have hard times to adjust in their new lives. Cass has problems to talk to the camera, restraining herself as douchebag co-host who sabotages her efforts, making snarky comments about her work. And sweet physician assistant Miguel already starts to confuse her mind with his gestures. On the other hand Charlie has hard time to manage things at the bakery by herself and sexy firefighter Jack’s existence makes things more complicated. As you may imagine both girls find themselves deal with love problems. I have to admit both love stories are sweet. I enjoyed Cass and Miguel’s more! It was such lovely, sweet, feel good book to bring back Christmas spirit and cure your darkening mood! Definitely better than most of binge watch worthy Hallmark movies! Special thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP PUTNAM/ G. P. Putnam’s Sons for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 This novel has it all. Baking? Romance? Twins swapping places and falling in love? Yes, please! I loved every second of this book and how Charlie and Cassie swap places for the holidays. They both fall in love, but quickly get tangled in their web of lies trying to pose as each other in their respective lives. I really loved how sweet each of the romances were. My only critique is that I would have liked for them to at least have told the love interests a little earlier their true identities. 4.5 This novel has it all. Baking? Romance? Twins swapping places and falling in love? Yes, please! I loved every second of this book and how Charlie and Cassie swap places for the holidays. They both fall in love, but quickly get tangled in their web of lies trying to pose as each other in their respective lives. I really loved how sweet each of the romances were. My only critique is that I would have liked for them to at least have told the love interests a little earlier their true identities. What I appreciated though, was how messy the girls made each other's lives. Obviously there were going to be consequences as they lied to people and tried to be each other, and I liked how things got a bit messy before they could get better. This had all of the Christmas magic I wanted and I couldn't recommend it enough as a cute Christmas romance to pick up this winter!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ❦ jazmin

    ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ Thanks to Penguin Canada for providing an ARC of The Holiday Swap in exchange for an honest review. A fun and heartwarming contemporary romance that’s perfect for the holidays!
 ⇢The Plot This was a really cute read, perfect for Christmas or the holidays, because it covered both the small town and big city aspects of the holiday season. Plus, baked goods and Christmas are the perfect combination, so what could go wrong? I liked the overall plot of the book even though twin ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ Thanks to Penguin Canada for providing an ARC of The Holiday Swap in exchange for an honest review. A fun and heartwarming contemporary romance that’s perfect for the holidays!
 ⇢The Plot This was a really cute read, perfect for Christmas or the holidays, because it covered both the small town and big city aspects of the holiday season. Plus, baked goods and Christmas are the perfect combination, so what could go wrong? I liked the overall plot of the book even though twin switches aren’t my favourite trope, but I did find the execution to be a little rushed at times. It seemed like the authors wanted the book to be tied up a bit too quickly and a bit too perfectly. Other than that, I really liked the plot. ⇢The Characters Just like with the plot, I liked the idea behind the characters, but I wasn’t 100% convinced by the execution. While they were fun to read about, the book just wasn’t long enough for me to really connect with them, their jobs, or their romance. That’s a bit harsh because they were good characters and I did feel invested in their lives especially when people were finding out about the switch, but there was definitely something lacking. 
 ⇢The Romance One of my favourite parts of the book, both couples were so cute, particularly Cass and Michael. Just like with everything else I wish we got to see more of the development, but what we did get to see was SO CUTE! *3.5 . ⋅ ˚̣- : ✧ : – ⭒ ❦ ⭒ – : ✧ : -˚̣⋅ . MY LINKTREE ❦

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rozberry🍓

    3.5-3.75 stars Before I go any further, The Holiday Swap is a clean romance 🧼. Just an FYI for those who go for that & for those who don’t. Tbh, if you look at my shelves, it’s pretty obvious I like my romances steamy (as do most of my GR friends) & I wouldn’t have minded had this had a little bit, but being a Christmas romance 🎄, it wasn’t missed too much either. Idk, I sort of like Christmas-themed ones a little cleaner sometimes than my usual reads anyways. I’m also not as opposed to a smi 3.5-3.75 stars Before I go any further, The Holiday Swap is a clean romance 🧼. Just an FYI for those who go for that & for those who don’t. Tbh, if you look at my shelves, it’s pretty obvious I like my romances steamy (as do most of my GR friends) & I wouldn’t have minded had this had a little bit, but being a Christmas romance 🎄, it wasn’t missed too much either. Idk, I sort of like Christmas-themed ones a little cleaner sometimes than my usual reads anyways. I’m also not as opposed to a smidge of cheesy - just a smidge - in my Christmas romances vs my usual reads. Ready for a little cheese(y) 🧀? — errr, or should I say bread 🍞? 🤔 Falling in their family’s footsteps (their father, grandfather, etc.), our heroines are identical twin chefs, Charlie & Cass, on two different career paths. Cass is working her way to officially take charge of the family business, Woodburn Bread, a beloved landmark of their small hometown. While Charlie’s path has taken her to reality tv as an expert judge for a pastry competition. It’s the Christmas season & after unexpected events off-set at the Christmas edition of her show, Charlie is desperate for her twin to come to LA to her rescue & take her place then in return, she takes over Cass’s life back in their hometown. Despite their intentions to stay on the task at hand of focusing on each other’s work needs, each twin finds romance as well as discovering/rediscovering a part of themselves. Clear Hallmark vibe, right? Except as a book, so no risk of having to deal with watching bad actors 😂. — if you’re like me — Basically The Holiday Swap is like the equivalent of those one or two Hallmark Christmas movies a year that are actually kinda cute & watchable out of the 837 Christmas movies(give or take 😏) the rest of the year. So here just change the watchable to readable. Anyways, I would say for me Charlie’s story arc returning to her hometown(& a small town at that) & realizing the grass isn’t always greener held my interest more between the two sisters tbh. Cass’s story arc is ok, but small town romances are almost always more my jam. Also, the temperament of Cass & her new love were a little too alike imho. I need some contrast. This probably won’t be a big deal to anyone else. Nonetheless — clean or not, tHS is written in the third person & I’m typically not the biggest fan of that in romance(outside of a few exceptional exceptions 😉). Often I end up feeling detached from the characters &/or plot. Reading tHS, I barely thought about it, let alone was it the cause of dislike or disinterest. It may not be a 5 star read for me, but that was still a big win out of the gate. Regardless of how I feel about a plot itself, anyone, who can write romance in the third person & successfully keep it from being a sticking point(AND a debut novel no less!), has my respect. Oh! One critic — Ok listen, I totally get this is an ARC, but formatting needs a thorough cleanup - I do not mean things spellchecking or grammatical errors btw(those were mostly already taken care of), I mean more in the context of words that looked like “th- is”(w/o quotes lol) or lack of spacing between transitions. Believe me, I wouldn’t mention it if it weren’t so frequent, it became a bit distracting(the first mostly). I’m just hoping for the author’s sake & the readers’ it is tidied up. If it is completely taken care of, my rating is 3.75. If it’s not, then my rating is 3.5. All in all, it’s a pleasant, enjoyable debut & I’m game to give Maggie Knox’s future releases a whirl. **This ARC was provided by NetGalley UK in exchange for an honest review **

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    I am a twin(fraternal, not identical) and ever since I saw the first Disney version of "The Parent Trap" I have enjoyed reading stories about twins swapping places. This holiday-themed novel has a set of 28-year-old twins as the main characters. Cass and Charlie make the switch right before Christmas. Both are in food-related jobs so get ready to read about some mouthwatering desserts and bakery goods. This is a clean, feel good romance and I loved it! Thank you to G.P. Putnam and Edelweiss+ for I am a twin(fraternal, not identical) and ever since I saw the first Disney version of "The Parent Trap" I have enjoyed reading stories about twins swapping places. This holiday-themed novel has a set of 28-year-old twins as the main characters. Cass and Charlie make the switch right before Christmas. Both are in food-related jobs so get ready to read about some mouthwatering desserts and bakery goods. This is a clean, feel good romance and I loved it! Thank you to G.P. Putnam and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Holiday Swap is a holiday rom-com written by the duo of Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. The book alternates POVs between Charlie and Cass (identical twin sisters- 3rd person POVs). Charlie is a pastry chef and the co-host of a baking show in L.A. Cass also bakes and runs their family's bakery in their small mountain hometown. This book was cute and funny. And I found both twins' stories to be equally interesting. And the romance aspect was great. This book mostly takes place before Christmas. Th The Holiday Swap is a holiday rom-com written by the duo of Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. The book alternates POVs between Charlie and Cass (identical twin sisters- 3rd person POVs). Charlie is a pastry chef and the co-host of a baking show in L.A. Cass also bakes and runs their family's bakery in their small mountain hometown. This book was cute and funny. And I found both twins' stories to be equally interesting. And the romance aspect was great. This book mostly takes place before Christmas. The first half definitely felt more like a December read vs holiday book. But there is definitely enough Christmas content towards the end as that felt much more Christmassy. The last chapter was so good. This is a light easy read that left me feeling happy. The best way to describe it is that it felt like a Hallmark movie! Thank you edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons for allowing me to read this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    Definitely don't take my rating to heart if this sounds like your thing. This just isn't my cup of tea. Right off the bat, I want to say, if you're a fan of the seasonal Netflix and or Hallmark channel holiday movies? You'll probably love this. Enjoy those Vanessa Hudgens twin/look-alike/whatever swap concept films? This is for you. Added bonus if you also love The Great British Bake Off. And yet another bonus is this also manages to sprinkle in a small-town setting and vibe. THE HOLIDAY SWAP is Definitely don't take my rating to heart if this sounds like your thing. This just isn't my cup of tea. Right off the bat, I want to say, if you're a fan of the seasonal Netflix and or Hallmark channel holiday movies? You'll probably love this. Enjoy those Vanessa Hudgens twin/look-alike/whatever swap concept films? This is for you. Added bonus if you also love The Great British Bake Off. And yet another bonus is this also manages to sprinkle in a small-town setting and vibe. THE HOLIDAY SWAP is doing pretty much everything, and anything, it possibly can. Sadly, though, this did not make my Grinchy heart grows any sizes bigger. If you can suspend some disbelief that grown humans (even identical ones!) would think it likely they can switch lives for the course of the week when disaster strikes (I'm not even going to touch on the recklessness of not taking a concussion seriously.. I'm not.. nope), and have no issue adjusting despite the very different lives they lead, you can probably get on with this more than I could (thankfully they do later address the folly in thinking this would be possible, but..). Added tension and hijinks ensue when they immediately stumble in their ability to adjust to their new surroundings and are unable to get ahold of each other.. and I mean, other than dealing with frustrating co-hosts of a reality tv show and an ex who can't get the hint, that's as high stakes as it gets. This isn't looking to stress you out by any means, it really is here for a good wholesome holiday time. Beyond not getting on with most of the aforementioned tropes and premise, though, I'll admit there was not enough to differentiate the twins in personality or narrative voice. One is supposed to be more traditionally small town and perhaps a little bit of a pushover/people pleaser (though we only see that particular aspect when she's dealing with her ex which, ugh, I disliked that whole plot point) and the other is glamourous and successful and take-charge.. except, again, with maybe two exceptions we don't see this really come to the fore. They were both into baking, they were both workaholics, making them well.. sorry for the pun, but, identical; circumstances notwithstanding. Naturally, each sister has a romance that is initially complicated by the existing way the love interests were known to the other sister, but, surprising no one, it all works out happily ever after in the end. THE HOLIDAY SWAP has the excitement, and conflict, of the GBBO-like competition, a potential baked-goods chain looking to elbow in on the small town bakery's turf, in addition to head injuries and some ruined baking, and, of course, the sisters have to come clean just in time for Christmas. Will a miracle prevail and they will be forgiven for their trickery? Will they each get what they set out to achieve with their swap.. and maybe learn something about themselves along the way? I'm sure you know the answer to those questions but, either way, I won't ruin the surprise. This has so much that I know so many people will love. And I hope you do. But if, like me, this isn't quite your jam? I don't think this will be memorable or enough of a stand-out to change your mind about the premise. It did make me hungry, though. ** I received an unsolicited finished copy from the publisher (thank you!) and this in no way influenced my review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  12. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    A Parent Trap version with grown ups set around the holidays? Yes please! This is a happy ending story with many hi-jinks along the way. Charlie & Cass are wonderful characters and the duel settings of small town and L.A. kept things interesting. The love story side pieces all stay very PG13, but are still fun to read. I took a star off only because I felt like the twins probably could have let more people in on the switcheroo to lessen the drama in their lives. Much love to NetGalley & Penguin Rando A Parent Trap version with grown ups set around the holidays? Yes please! This is a happy ending story with many hi-jinks along the way. Charlie & Cass are wonderful characters and the duel settings of small town and L.A. kept things interesting. The love story side pieces all stay very PG13, but are still fun to read. I took a star off only because I felt like the twins probably could have let more people in on the switcheroo to lessen the drama in their lives. Much love to NetGalley & Penguin Random House Canada for my DRC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This was a cute read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    This was a cute read filled with delectable desserts! After a horrific day, sisters Charlie and Cass need an escape, spontaneously deciding to swap lives. Now listen, you really need to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the fun and silliness. As they comically fumble their way through lies, this story is heartwarming with its journey of newfound love and self-reflection. While Charlie is living life in LA, dreaming of hosting her own baking show, Cass is content with her small-town life as a baker This was a cute read filled with delectable desserts! After a horrific day, sisters Charlie and Cass need an escape, spontaneously deciding to swap lives. Now listen, you really need to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the fun and silliness. As they comically fumble their way through lies, this story is heartwarming with its journey of newfound love and self-reflection. While Charlie is living life in LA, dreaming of hosting her own baking show, Cass is content with her small-town life as a baker in Starlight Peak. Both rediscovering a missing piece of themselves, I loved seeing them adjust to a life different from their own while also strengthening their sisterly bond. With two sisters, there's also two romances! Both were equally kindhearted heroes, but neither pairing gave me the swooning factor that I craved. Overall a really enjoyable read, but more so for the sisterly swap than romance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book was utterly delightful and I happily read it in less than a day and smiled the whole time. It is Christmassy and adorable but not over the top. There is a sweet small town, twins (one of my FAVOURITE THINGS), a swap, some manly men, some great friends, and a few "villainous" characters. What more could you want?! As a 10-12 year old I was obsessed with twin swap movies a la Mary Kate and Ashley's It Takes Two and Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap so I've always really enjoyed the entert This book was utterly delightful and I happily read it in less than a day and smiled the whole time. It is Christmassy and adorable but not over the top. There is a sweet small town, twins (one of my FAVOURITE THINGS), a swap, some manly men, some great friends, and a few "villainous" characters. What more could you want?! As a 10-12 year old I was obsessed with twin swap movies a la Mary Kate and Ashley's It Takes Two and Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap so I've always really enjoyed the entertainment factor of identical twins swapping lives even if it isn't always ever going to happen in real life. (Hello friends, that is what fiction is for). This book pulled this off so well (until the swap got confusing, of course!) and I just loved these two sisters a lot. They had a lot in common, but some fun differences too. If you enjoy holiday romances and want to feel really hungry because both of these twins work in the food industry, I highly recommend picking this one up to kickstart your Christmas reading soon :) It's out today!! And if you, like me, already enjoyed this one...please also be like me and commit to reading these two authors' back lists! I still have a lot of their books left for me to enjoy ASAP.

  16. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    LOVE LOVE LOVED this new holiday romance by Canadian duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley writing as Maggie Knox! The best news is that they're already working on another holiday story for next year! I absolutely couldn't get enough of this twin swap story about baking sisters Cass and Charlie who switch lives for a week. Cass fills in for her sister as a judge on a reality baking show and Charlie takes over their family bakery during the holiday rush. Both sisters learn their lives were missing a LOVE LOVE LOVED this new holiday romance by Canadian duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley writing as Maggie Knox! The best news is that they're already working on another holiday story for next year! I absolutely couldn't get enough of this twin swap story about baking sisters Cass and Charlie who switch lives for a week. Cass fills in for her sister as a judge on a reality baking show and Charlie takes over their family bakery during the holiday rush. Both sisters learn their lives were missing a little something and find love along the way. Full of small town charm, very reminiscent of Stars Hallow from Gilmore Girls, lots of delicious baking recipes and some swoon worthy love interests. This was the perfect holiday read and is sure to delight anyone who loves Hallmark holiday movies. The epilogue at the end was chef's kiss perfection and there is also a great author interview included. Wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful feel good story! Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    2.5 stars? I think any twin will laugh a bit at what happened towards the end. Meanwhile the romance was there but nothing special. The two sisters ruined each other's lives but I felt like one person might have done worse. I just thought it was bland overall. 2.5 stars? I think any twin will laugh a bit at what happened towards the end. Meanwhile the romance was there but nothing special. The two sisters ruined each other's lives but I felt like one person might have done worse. I just thought it was bland overall.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    It's been a while since I last read a book featuring twins switching places and this one was done to perfection. Alternating chapters focusing on each twin, as they swap lives for the run up to Christmas, after Charlie is concussed and loses her sense of taste and smell - which is less than ideal when you are hosting a bake-off style programme on TV. Whereas Cass runs the family bakery back in the picturesque Starlight Peak, and is also a talented baker, but never really pushed outside her comfo It's been a while since I last read a book featuring twins switching places and this one was done to perfection. Alternating chapters focusing on each twin, as they swap lives for the run up to Christmas, after Charlie is concussed and loses her sense of taste and smell - which is less than ideal when you are hosting a bake-off style programme on TV. Whereas Cass runs the family bakery back in the picturesque Starlight Peak, and is also a talented baker, but never really pushed outside her comfort zone but will do anything for her sister. Let's just say it's a lot harder to swap places as an adult when you live separate lives when they used to do it at school, and nothing is as simple as it may sound. I loved seeing them out of their natural habitats and trying to learn just what their sister's life really entails. Each wants the other to take care of certain situation too, and the similarities don't end there as there are definitely romantic interests that may not know who they are getting involved with. And then there is the baking on both sides of the swap, this is certainly a book that will get your mouth watering and craving sweet treats. I really enjoyed both Cass and Charlie's stories, as well as seeing how the TV show was filmed, while at the same time loving the small town life too - there is something for everyone and it all spoke to me. It's just a highly enjoyable and delicious holiday romance and a really good debut novel. Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    This was such a charming holiday read, I could barely put it down because I was just transported into the story. I loved the plot of identical twins switching places and the chaos this causes, and both of the romances were very cute. I think this will be a great read for people who don't typically read a lot of romance, but would love to pick something up for the holidays. This was such a charming holiday read, I could barely put it down because I was just transported into the story. I loved the plot of identical twins switching places and the chaos this causes, and both of the romances were very cute. I think this will be a great read for people who don't typically read a lot of romance, but would love to pick something up for the holidays.

  20. 4 out of 5

    maddison

    The Holiday Swap is a sweet romantic story with a unique twin twist. Charlie Goodwin gets a concussion while filming for her reality baking show Sweet & Salty. She is now unable to resume filming, and she must develop a strategy to prevent her obnoxious co-host from taking over the show. And Charlie has already planned the ideal strategy. Cass Goodwin is Charlie’s identical twin. Unlike Charlie, who is well-known in the culinary world, Cass has stayed in the little town where they grew up and wo The Holiday Swap is a sweet romantic story with a unique twin twist. Charlie Goodwin gets a concussion while filming for her reality baking show Sweet & Salty. She is now unable to resume filming, and she must develop a strategy to prevent her obnoxious co-host from taking over the show. And Charlie has already planned the ideal strategy. Cass Goodwin is Charlie’s identical twin. Unlike Charlie, who is well-known in the culinary world, Cass has stayed in the little town where they grew up and works at a bakery. She couldn't say no when Charlie called and asked to trade places with her. But what exactly is going to happen? Will they make a mistake? And what happens when they both fall in love while posing as the other? *thank you for the arc in exchange for a honest review*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Delightfully entertaining and thoroughly addictive, this festive contemporary romance follows a pair of Identical Twins with a plan to switch places just before Christmas. When accomplished chef,Charlie Goodwin suffers a concussion while on the L.A set of her popular reality baking show, she looses more than just consciousness; she also looses the ability to taste and smell—both essential when your the show’s Judge. Meanwhile Cass (Charlie’s twin) is trying to deal with the mess of her own life, Delightfully entertaining and thoroughly addictive, this festive contemporary romance follows a pair of Identical Twins with a plan to switch places just before Christmas. When accomplished chef,Charlie Goodwin suffers a concussion while on the L.A set of her popular reality baking show, she looses more than just consciousness; she also looses the ability to taste and smell—both essential when your the show’s Judge. Meanwhile Cass (Charlie’s twin) is trying to deal with the mess of her own life, running the families’ bakery in the busiest season of the year, while also dealing with her clingy ex (who refuses to take no for an answer.) With only days before Christmas a desperate Charlie asks Cass to switch places—with a chance to take a break from small town life, Cass agrees. But temporarily trading lives isn’t as easy as they thought, especially when firefighter Jake and Physician Assistant Miguel are thrown into the mix... I absolutely loved this, with it’s Parent Trap meets The Princess Switch premise, witty quips and not one, but TWO festive romances to melt even the coldest of hearts, a must read for sure. I really loved Charlie and Cass who were well written and endearingly relatable (in fact, many of the characters were.) The pacing was great and the romance with Jake and Miguel was ~chefs kiss- Perfection! The only two characters I didn’t particularly like were Brett (Cass’ clingy ex) and Austin (Charlie’s awful co-host), both of whom I found annoying and overbearing (though still excellently written.) It’s the perfect winter romance to curl up with this Christmas,that ending was definitely worthy of a Hallmark movie. I urge everyone who loves Rom-coms and hallmark/Netflix Christmas movies to give this a read this December—it’s just soo good. And also a huge thank you to Hodder&Stoughton and NetGalley for the ARC.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    I have now read four Christmas books this year already and this is one of my favourites so far. I loved how it dealt with relationships, romantic and sisterly. Twins Charlie and Cass decide to switch lives over ten days at Christmas and I love this trope. Don't we all wish at some time or another to be able to switch up with people...even if for a little while? This book was very sweet and entertaining, it was really funny in parts yet totally loveable. The two main characters were so well writte I have now read four Christmas books this year already and this is one of my favourites so far. I loved how it dealt with relationships, romantic and sisterly. Twins Charlie and Cass decide to switch lives over ten days at Christmas and I love this trope. Don't we all wish at some time or another to be able to switch up with people...even if for a little while? This book was very sweet and entertaining, it was really funny in parts yet totally loveable. The two main characters were so well written and they felt like real life sisters, the type that would do anything for each other...people I would be friends with. It's the best kind of book for a cold winters night, with a piece of fruitcake (Yes! I like fruitcake!) and a cuppa. Highly recommend for Hallmark movie lovers everywhere. And the cover will be an adorable addition to any shelf! With many thanks to NetGalley, Maggie Knox and Random House Canada, Penguin Canada for the giving of the ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    3.5 stars This is the book to read this December! An entertaining, feel good read. Maggie Knox wrote such interesting characters in this story - they were absolutely endearing and so enjoyable to read. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, romantic holiday book to read before the end of the year, this is it! Special thanks to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Publishing Group) for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars This is the book to read this December! An entertaining, feel good read. Maggie Knox wrote such interesting characters in this story - they were absolutely endearing and so enjoyable to read. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, romantic holiday book to read before the end of the year, this is it! Special thanks to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Publishing Group) for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    (free review copy) sigh. I should have known this wouldn’t work for me because a book based 100% on deception has to be PERFECT to earn my buy-in. This wasn’t perfect. Every time Cass or Charlie “forgot” they were supposed to be their sister and made a stupid mistake it ripped me out of my reading-suspend-disbelief world and made me roll my eyes and groan. Also, I was mom-mad at Charlie the entire book for ignoring a serious head injury - like, seriously angry and disappointed at her. There were (free review copy) sigh. I should have known this wouldn’t work for me because a book based 100% on deception has to be PERFECT to earn my buy-in. This wasn’t perfect. Every time Cass or Charlie “forgot” they were supposed to be their sister and made a stupid mistake it ripped me out of my reading-suspend-disbelief world and made me roll my eyes and groan. Also, I was mom-mad at Charlie the entire book for ignoring a serious head injury - like, seriously angry and disappointed at her. There were just so so so many things that surprised the sisters about the deception not working that I can’t even choose which one pushed me over the edge into annoyance. Oh, and going into this I didn’t realize that the author name is actually a pseudonym for two authors co-writing this novel. Maybe I should have but it’s not in the goodreads description and I read a digital galley so didn’t see the author bios until the end. I kind of felt deceived by that too, which may not be fair but 🤷🏼‍♀️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Rocks My Socks

    are we sure i didn't just read the script for Princess Switch? are we sure i didn't just read the script for Princess Switch?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Jones

    3.75 stars 🌟🌟🌟⭐️ An enjoyable, sweet Christmasy read with lots of descriptions about baked goods - just what I needed :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a nice enough book, but if you are looking for a nice romance or a nice holiday themed book, this isn't going to quite hit the spot. This really is a story of two identical twin sisters coming to know exactly who they are, I guess. If you are super attached to them as characters, then you'll probably like this story. For me, I only found them mildly interesting. I didn't quite feel the urgency of any issues they were dealing with. Neither of them seemed stuck in dead-end jobs or lives. This was a nice enough book, but if you are looking for a nice romance or a nice holiday themed book, this isn't going to quite hit the spot. This really is a story of two identical twin sisters coming to know exactly who they are, I guess. If you are super attached to them as characters, then you'll probably like this story. For me, I only found them mildly interesting. I didn't quite feel the urgency of any issues they were dealing with. Neither of them seemed stuck in dead-end jobs or lives. Neither of them had horribly complicated relationships with the people around them. Neither of them seemed all that sad with the life they had been living, so it was hard to get on board with their stories of growth and fulfillment. As for the romance, there really isn't much in this story. Yeah, there are two HEAs for the main characters in the end, but the relationships are not central to the plot, and they almost seem like an afterthought ... like Maggie Knox thought that she was somehow contractually obligated to put in some romantic relationships in order to fit into the right market for a story to sell. The real issue is that Cass and Charlie have switched spots, so the men they are "falling in love" with think they are falling in love with a different person. I think that would have worked for a second, but when you carry on with deceiving a guy for an extended period of time, knowing that feelings are involved, you are heading into uncomfortable territory. I felt a bit icky about these relationships and the amount of lying taking place. It was hard to feel all warm and fuzzy about a budding relationship founded on a GIGANTIC lie. Yeah, this book counts down the days before Christmas, but that really is about as holiday themed as the story goes. There's a holiday event that takes place in their hometown, but there's not much else that gives this book a holiday feel. It was a nice enough story, but pretty forgettable, I'm afraid. Three stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    3.5 STARS - The Holiday Swap is a sweet, easy-going RomCom that has a delightful holiday Hallmark movie feel. The story focuses on identical twin foodie sisters who swap lives for a week and learn that the sourdough isn't always as tangy on the other side, but sisterhood is forever. This is the first book by Maggie Knox, the pen name and first book of the Canadian writing duo of Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. This is a cute but predictable story that will satisfy the romance lover and the foodi 3.5 STARS - The Holiday Swap is a sweet, easy-going RomCom that has a delightful holiday Hallmark movie feel. The story focuses on identical twin foodie sisters who swap lives for a week and learn that the sourdough isn't always as tangy on the other side, but sisterhood is forever. This is the first book by Maggie Knox, the pen name and first book of the Canadian writing duo of Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. This is a cute but predictable story that will satisfy the romance lover and the foodie that dwell within you in equal measure. It is also the perfect bookish pick for those who are in the Christian holiday spirit who like a romance that is lower on the sassy/saucy scale (aka a 'clean' Romcom). Will you have to suspend disbelief since love happens faster than a falling soufflé? Sure, but I enjoyed that love wins out and the verbal comeuppance is extremely satisfying. This is a Parent Trap meets MasterChef with not one but two romances for readers to swoon over. There are characters you'll love and those you'll love to see get their just desserts (see what I did there?). So, grab a coffee and your favourite baked good and settle in for a festive feel-good, romantic holiday story about the bond between sisters, finding love and fighting for what makes you happy. Beware of the urgent need to bake delicious treats after reading this book. The foodie descriptions are the icing on the proverbial cake. Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to G.P Putnam's Sons (Penguin Group) for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    The Holiday Swap follows two identical twins, Charlie and Cassie, who switch lives to help each other out in the days leading up to Christmas. After Charlie gets hit on the head during a freak accident at work, her concussion causes her to lose her sense of taste and smell - something she desperately needs as a chef and judge for a reality show, she convinces her sister to trade places with her like they used to do as kids. Despite the chaos Cass is dealing with in her own life - between running The Holiday Swap follows two identical twins, Charlie and Cassie, who switch lives to help each other out in the days leading up to Christmas. After Charlie gets hit on the head during a freak accident at work, her concussion causes her to lose her sense of taste and smell - something she desperately needs as a chef and judge for a reality show, she convinces her sister to trade places with her like they used to do as kids. Despite the chaos Cass is dealing with in her own life - between running the family bakery during the busiest time of the year and dealing with her ex who just won't take the hint, she agrees to the swap. Mix in a gorgeous, dimpled physician's assistant named Miguel and a sexy, rugged firefighter named Jake and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster. Or maybe this is exactly what these twins need to "fix" their lives. This was such an interesting premise, I've watched movies like this (think It Takes Two or The Parent Trap or The Princess Switch), but I've never read a book with this story line. Each of the main characters were so well written that you couldn't help but love them. Even the less-than-likeable characters were well written (I'm looking at you Austin and Brett)! The pacing of this novel was great - I never once felt bored or felt that scenes were rushed through. Speaking of which! On a side note here - I loved all the descriptions for food. Oh my gosh, everything sounded so good! Ahem And uh.. the dual POV for each sister was on point! This book was such an easy read, I can definitely see it being the next go-to holiday romance for 2021. Rated 4/5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    THE HOLIDAY SWAP is a Hallmark/Lifetime movie in book form. Lots of people I care about are ride-or-die for these type of movies- so it’s not a jab or a slight.⁣ ⁣ Twin sisters switch spots⁣ Whimsical & sweet ⁣ Small town⁣ Bakery⁣ Budding romance ⁣ Cheesy? Of course!⁣ No steam/closed door⁣ ⁣ Will it end up on my ‘standouts&shoutouts’ list? Nah. But I was able to suspend reality enough to enjoy what it was - for me. An easy, readable, cozy book to spend some time with curled up next to the fire.

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