The Christmas Swap

The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson

Book Synopsis

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can’t find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there’s someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year. Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet–or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house’s caretaker. But when Emma’s friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things get . . . messy. Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another delightful Christmas tale to warm your heart on those cold winter evenings.
The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson

Book Synopsis

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can’t find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there’s someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year. Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet–or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house’s caretaker. But when Emma’s friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things get . . . messy. Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another delightful Christmas tale to warm your heart on those cold winter evenings.

In Review

The Christmas Swap is a short novella written by Melody Carlson. While I have enjoyed many of the author’s other works, this one seemed rushed. Two families swap houses for Christmas – one in Arizona, the other in Colorado. The storyline starts like it’s the setting of a Hallmark movie. I enjoyed the skiing scenes the most. They really did make you want to hit the slopes. But where it fell flat for me was the interaction between characters and how rushed the storyline felt. Maybe the behaviors of the mom and adult daughter would have been more tolerable with some additional character development. Instead they came off as miserable, unkind and not who the main character would choose to spend her holidays around. The relationship that develops between the two main characters is very rushed, specifically at the end. For me it was just ok, but I will say it’s a quick read and others may find it enjoyable. If you are looking for something fast to read that puts you in the mood to ski or stay in a beautiful cabin on a mountain, then give The Christmas Swap a try.

Disclosure:

I received a copy of this book for review via . In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

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