Title: The Holiday Swap
Author: Maggie Knox
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
“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?” (Goodreads)
The book is told from two point-of-views and they come from twin sisters Cass and Charlie. Like with many twin plots, they switch places. I actually liked how it was done in this one. They had similar interests, like baking, and both had a career that dealt with baking. The book also did a great job of showing that siblings don’t always get along. They had their issues and after letting things settle they begin to understand what the other was doing for them. It was nice and I could definitely relate since I have sisters.
There are two different romance plotlines. One for each sister. They meet their love interests in the least likely places and of course, it kind of backfires when everything hits the fan after swapping lives. I don’t think that it was overly dramatic and I liked how it played out. Both of the love interests were super sweet!
Each sister is going through something different in their careers. The swap did help them come to terms with what was happening and their sister was able to help in some way with it. Sometimes you don’t see what is going on and so in this way there was a different set of eyes and thoughts. It helped them get the the fire lit under their butts!
There is a bit of Christmas here and there but it isn’t a lot and that was kind of disappointing.
Overall, I liked this one. It took a bit to get into and the second half is definitely better than the first. The audiobook was great! I just wish there had been more when it came to Christmas.