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Review: Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

Title: Holiday Swap
Author: Maggie Knox
Year published: 2021
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (CA)

SummaryWhen 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 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?

Review: I am about a month late on reading this holiday book, but I wanted something light to read and knew this would fit the bill. I was right.

This novel is like many adult contemporary romances that are coming out right now: it is centered on a baking reality show. I am not sure why this is currently the trend (perhaps the pandemic?), but I do love the Great British Baking Show so thought the theme was a fun one. I might also feel this way since it's the first one I've read with a baking theme.

The main characters, twins Cass and Charlie, pull a bit of a Parent Trap maneuver when they switch places. Of course, they fall in love with someone in the sister's city. All very predictable and enjoyable. I do like that I know everyone will be happy in the end and that they wind up with the person they are supposed to since most of my other reading is more dramatic and negative. It's nice to have a fluffy fun break. 

Challenges for which this counts:  
  • Alphabet Soup (Title)--H
  • Pop Sugar--Set during a holiday (Christmas)

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