Book Review: The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson

Posted September 25, 2020 by Asheley in review / 0 Comments

The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
Book Review: The Christmas Swap by Melody CarlsonThe Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
Published by Revell Books on September 1, 2020
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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.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I jumped at the chance to read this one after loving The Happy Camper so much. This one is a bit shorter, coming in at under 200 pages. I especially loved the snow skiing scenes.

The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
The way the Landers family relates to one another is…different. Some of the family members are fairly sarcastic with one another and seem to be annoyed at every little thing. And very materialistic. I imagine that could be off-putting to some readers. However, the main characters, Emma and West, are quite lovely and very down-to-earth. The way they met and got to know one another is really fun. I really like the way the book ended, although I selfishly wish the book had more Emma/West scenes, and perhaps an epilogue. After all, this is their story. All in all, another fun Christmas novella from Melody Carlson!

I can’t imagine people actually swapping houses at the holidays, but maybe that’s a thing that really happens? Also, this story makes Breckinridge sound incredible, especially at Christmastime.


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About Melody Carlson

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

Find Asheley on Litsy @intothehallofbooks!


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