Book review: The Holiday Swap


Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to a Christmas holiday fraught with potential pitfalls.

The Holiday Swap.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.

Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?

Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year? 

My review: I have a confession to make. Despite having downloaded Zara’s previous books, this is the first one I’ve actually read. There’s no reason I haven’t read them, but I’ll definitely be picking them up after this!

I’ve been lucky enough to read The Holiday Swap whilst on a sun lounger in Gran Canaria, but I loved it from the very first page and the story sucked me right in. We follow the story of two friends, Daisy who lives in Cheshire and Flo who lives in Barcelona. They both have man trouble, and need to get away from their lives to have a think. So, they decide to spend some time at each other’s homes for a bit – swapping holidays.

The blurb for this book mentions Christmas a few times, but don’t be put off reading it before the Christmas season as it’s not particularly festive (I say this as I like to read Christmassy books in November/December). There is a good contrast between the wintry, yet cosy Tippermere and the sunny and vibrant Barcelona in the book – each being exactly what the girls need to show them a different side to life.

I really liked the characters in the book, particularly Daisy as she found out more about herself, and I also found the character of Hugo really entertaining.

I’ll definitely be picking up more of Zara’s books and would recommend The Holiday Swap as a fun, romantic read.

My rating: A big five stars!

I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review and is available to download now from Amazon 

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