Review: The Christmas Swap

The Christmas Swap


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.

Rating: 4-stars


The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson is a sweet contemporary romance novel. One that contains hope, second chances, and love at Christmas time. I liked the plot. This novel was a clean read. Something that I can definitely see televised on the Hallmark Channel.

The characters were interesting. However, I felt that the main female protagonist allowed her best female friend too much freedom. It was like they were enemies more than friends. Jealousy, lies, and betrayal from a friend that she was supposed to trust to have her back. I thought that the heroine should have had more backbone. But she practically let her friend have her way until it was too much. By then, the heroine ran away from her problems instead of taking charge. Fixing them a bit sooner would have been preferred but it just didn’t happen.

I loved how the hero of this book did not give up as easily as the heroine did. He wanted something and he chased after it. West wanted Emma. There was the annoying so-called best friend Gil, who stood in there way. Plus, West was hiding who he really was. This was perfect. It added tension and more action to the story. West is a keeper. Plus, he’s a good guy. Overall, the book was written just fine. But the characterization for the heroine just made me not feel as excited as I normally would for this kind of book.

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