The Christmas Swap By Melody Carlson

I have read many Melody Carlson Christmas stories, and they have all been cute and endearing, so it was with great anticipation that I signed up for The Christmas Swap.

The story’s premise is based on two families and some friends swapping homes. One family goes from Colorado to Arizona and the other family with a few friends travels to Colorado from Arizona. We read little about the family in Arizona as the focus of the story is the family and friends in Colorado.

Emma Daley is endeavoring to make a living as a teacher while striving to become a musician, too. Her best friend, Gillian Landers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and therein lies the problem.

The story shows the overindulged, selfish, demanding and obnoxious brattiness, for lack of a better word, of Gillian and her family and friends, though her father seems less inclined to act entitled. I kept thinking, if I had a friend like Gillian or the Landers, I would have dropped them like hot potatoes years ago!

I had a hard time getting into the spirit of the sequence of events, as the constant bickering and entitlement portrayed by the Landers was so off-putting.

The overall story had many appealing moments, some quite engaging. But the story just wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, you may thoroughly enjoy it!

I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Revell, through Interviews & Reviews. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

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.

4 thoughts on “The Christmas Swap By Melody Carlson

  1. dholst347

    I request a book review on my debut novel, The Harlem Story. It has a strong Christian theme of faith in the Lord despite death and misery. And the story has an inspirational finale. Written originally as an integrated, musical screenplay, I incorporated gospel and R&B song lyrics. It is an epic action/adventure about gifted singers raised in the church, aspiring to sing professionally. Some readers have even described the story as a contemporary, African-American “Les Miserable.” Available in Kindle Unlimited

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  2. Faye

    Sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing. It is great to have info about what folks are writing.
    I often wonder how millions of folks get on if they can’t even imagine a Christmas that is the steamiest time of the year and ancient beautiful traditions and carols still resonate yet they have always been senseless to children in a parched paddock. Wearing only their undies, yet faithfully singing about prancing through the snow in a one horsed open sleigh.
    Thank GOD for our early pioneers who left us the legacy that Christmas is the celebration of a Birthday. In our broken 2020 world we can celebrate from our hearts in spite of the weather that A CHILD WAS BORN. Who He was and is? That should be the question all round the world all folks should be asking. Get over the hype! Find the BABY!! Just a thought. Blessings!

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    1. RobbyeFaye Post author

      I wonder, too, Faye. I imagine Christmas in your area is much steamier than ours, though we seldom get snow here. You paint a very sad picture.
      Slowly, but surely, Christmas-as the birth of Christ-is being eliminated and only “holidays” will remain. I cry for future generations.
      Blessings, my friend🙏💖🤗~



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