Title: The Holiday Swap
Author: Maggie Knox
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Christmas, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Format: eBook, Novel
This is an incredibly cute and easy novel to read. It’s one of those fun Christmas adventures that leaves you smiling and laughing, feeling incredibly happy and at ease with the world. Not only is it a cute romance, but it’s also a sister story which I always think is amazing. There are high jinks and shenanigans abound. Also, the fact that both sisters manage to find their happily ever after and balance in a space they just weren’t expecting.
I love how both Cass and Claire are able to find their own, better versions of happiness. Life is all about balance, and these two are able to find that again in their sister swap moment. Alright, as siblings are wont to do, they also harshly judge each other’s decisions and find a way to make things go completely hectic and haywire. But, still, they are able to really stop and think about their own lives and figure out what it is that’s making them so unhappy. I think that Christmas is a time of year that these self-reflections are a lot more poignant, at least they always have been for me.
This is a very Hallmarkesque feeling of a story. It has high jinks and everyone falling happily ever after. It also left me smiling and laughing quite a bit throughout and was an incredibly cute way to spend a few hours. The fact that you have the big city sister and the country town sister both realising that they’ve made some pretty big assumptions just made it all that much better. Christmas, snow, and fairy tale romances just tie off the bow in the Hallmark feels.
Although the romance and the shenanigans are wonderful in this book, it’s the sisters that I love the most. Both Cass and Claire manage to stand up for the other one in a way that is a little bit brutal, but also kind of brilliant. They completely shut down those who they see as being detrimental to their twins’ happiness. Which, even after I finished this book, are the moments that truly stick with me.
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