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The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

The Holiday Swap

by Maggie Knox

Quick take

Tis the season for hijinks! Twins who could both use a reset decide to revive their childhood habit and swap places.

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Why I love it

Christina Lauren
Author, In a Holidaze

Like our favorite holiday recipes, there are specific ingredients that go into creating the perfect holiday romance: humor, a cozy location, wacky but lovable family, copious amounts of sugar, and a swoony love interest under the mistletoe. In The Holiday Swap, readers get the holiday romance fun, times two!

We’ve all dreamed of trading places with someone at least once in our lives, but for identical twin sisters Charlie and Cassie it’s as easy as answering to the wrong name. Charlie left her small mountain town for the bright lights of LA and is cohost to a popular baking show. Cassie is trying to keep the family-owned bakery from being snowballed by the fancy new franchise moving in. But when each sister’s life goes completely off the rails, they switch places and must rely on each other to make things right again. Add in one dimpled doctor and a handsome fireman, and this adorable romance is the perfect countdown to Christmas.

Full of sisterly love, big city and small-town hijinks, two love stories, and descriptions so delicious you’ll practically smell the gingerbread. The Holiday Swap is the perfect addition to your holiday romance shelf!

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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 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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Get an early look from the first pages of The Holiday Swap.

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  • Fort Collins, CO

    I am SWOONING over Cass and Charlie, their romances, Starlight Peak and of course all of the mouth-watering treats! I couldn’t put this down! Please make this into a movie! Perfect for Christmas! ❤️❤️

  • Grand Rapids, MI

    Exactly what I was looking for right now! It wasn’t over the top with the Holiday cheer and it was predictable enough while still being a new concept for me that it was the perfect cozy weekend read!

  • Cynthiana, KY

    I absolutely adored this book. Cass and Charlie were believable characters and their swap created an enjoyable story. I could imagine the bakery and the studio where the show was filmed. Sweet story!

  • Austin, TX

    This was the perfect amount of cutesy, cheesy, eye-rolling, heart-warming cheer that ya girl needed right before Christmas. My holly jolly heart is happy I steered from the usual & picked this one up.

  • Eugene , OR

    Such a fun holiday read! Super unrealistic but I felt like it was a hallmark movie. I loved the love stories and the two twins. The ending was super happy and just what you wanted! So cheesy, but fun!


    This read like an magical Christmas hallmark movie with parent trap like hilarious twists. Identical twin sisters switch lives for a week. One an L.A. cooking the host and the other a small town baker

  • Brooklyn, NY

    This book was the perfect holiday read! It has everything you want when curled up with a coffee around the holidays; hallmark movie vibes, small-town Christmas traditions & stranger to lovers romance!

  • Fallon , NV

    I really enjoyed this book and it had all the feels of a hallmark Christmas movie!! I enjoyed reading about the different relationships/ characters the twins encountered throughout the book! Loved it!

  • Cicero, NY

    The Holiday Swap was such a cute read. I loved that Charlie and Cass both made the best out of their disastrous plan and realized what their lives were missing. Also loved the romance and food imagery

  • Fryeburg , ME

    This was the holiday read I have been waiting for! The twin switch trope is always a fun one, and the cast of characters were all so loveable. This book was well written and fully of Christmas cheer!

  • Medina, OH

    This is like reading a Hallmark movie and I loved it! It was the perfect winter feel-good read about the bond sisters have, as well as their fight for their worth. It’s about romance and family ????

  • Nashville, TN

    Geez, this might be my favorite holiday romance I've read yet. It was just all the best things about cheesy Christmas fun. I am not always a huge fan of swapping lives, but I think because this was tw

  • Columbus, OH

    Surprisingly well written and deep (for a rom com). Exactly what I needed. Loved the food woven into the stories! Each sis had such an established life in their homes and I liked watching their growth

  • Manalapan, NJ

    This is a Hallmark movie in a book - I loved every second of it. I love the holiday happily-ever-afters I indulge in year after year. I’m happy to say I enjoyed reading it more than I do seeing it!

  • Bridgewater, NJ

    This is the perfect holiday book. It's light, fun, and keeps you wanting more. It can be confusing at times with the twin names, but you get the hang of it with time. I'm happy this was my pick! :)

  • New Albany, IN

    Adorable chick lit holiday book that was exactly what I wanted to end my December reading. Quick, cute, endearing family members & quirky neighbors, happy endings for everyone. What more can you ask?

  • Salina, KS

    Literally started this book and could not put it down. Finished it in one read because it was just so good. The characters, the challenges, the realistic start to relationships and the holiday feel!

  • Torrance, CA

    What a breath of fresh air this quick read was!I really enjoyed the writing and overall storyline of this one. Cute, funny and a feel good novel to keep your mind occupied. Loved it! Especially Jake!

  • Missoula, MT

    This story was just what I needed to read this holiday season. If only we could all switch lives with someone for a week and take a look at what might be missing from our lives. Adorable sweet story.

  • Lexington , SC

    Really cute, feel good novel full of holiday spirit and the charm of a small town. Reading The Holiday Swap was like watching a Hallmark movie. You could anticipate the ending, but loved it anyways.

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