The Christmas Swap – Published 2020
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
“Chloe, Jules, and Lucy meet at a Maui resort kids’ club, aged 11, forging a lifelong friendship spanning two decades and three continents.
Twenty-two years later, they decide to swap Christmases, none of them expecting the hilarity and romantic escapades that will ensue.
Chloe from Melbourne spends her Christmas with Lucy’s mum and dad in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England, stunned to the core when she discovers who grew up across the road from Lucy.
Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.
And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend a balmy ‘Orphan’s Christmas’ with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away from her mundane life is just what she needed.
Join these three lovable women as they each get a Christmas to surpass their wildest dreams.” – Goodreads
Oh my heart. This book is delightful. If you’re into Christmas books, and especially if you loved the movie The Holiday, you’re going to love this one. Instead of just two people swapping, which has happened in a few books (The Switch comes to mind), this is a group of three friends who all desire something different for the holidays. They live in 3 vastly different parts of the world, and have 3 very different family situations. On a video call, they all decide to swap Christmas vacations, still spending them away from one another, but with one another’s family/friends.
Predictable spoiler alert: all 3 have a chance at love, and it’s totes adorbs.
I loved everything about this. The swap. The friends. The changing POVs, the swoon-worthy love interests, the families, the traditions that differ around the world, and the Christmas atmosphere.
A lot of times I’ll request a book on Netgalley only to find that it’s not great and it just had a cute cover. Anyone else guilty of this? Happy to report this one is a hidden treasure.
@molly I’m lookin’ at you!
The only thing holding me back from 5 stars for this one is I honestly couldn’t tell you where each girl is originally from and where she spent her holiday. I just know that I loved all 3 love stories unfolding.