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The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 


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.

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

During the holiday season (and okay, throughout the year too), there is nothing I enjoy more than wrapping up with a warm blanket and a cozy Christmas story. And anytime I see a new holiday novel by Melody Carlson, I know that is exactly what I'm going to get. While I enjoy anything she writes, her holiday books are most certainly my favorite. When I saw her newest release The Christmas Swap, I couldn't wait to get my hands of it. 

In The Christmas Swap we meet Emma, who is spending the holidays with her friend Gillian's family in Colarado, thanks to a house swap with West, a well know songwriter. When plans go awry and West finds himself at home when the family arrives, he pretends to be the home's caretaker. What follows is a fun and lighthearted holiday romance with all the makings of a good Hallmark Christmas movie... and with my love of these movies, I mean that as a compliment. Is it perhaps a little predictable? Sure. I might even say it's not one of my favorites from the author. But it was a quick and fun holiday read that I personally enjoyed nonetheless. 

If you're looking for a quick holiday romance to enjoy this Christmas season, this is certainly one worth checking out! 

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