ARC Review: The Christmas Swap by Sandy Barker

Title: The Christmas Swap

Author: Sandy Barker

Page Length: 400

Publication Date: Oct. 16, 2020

Publisher: One More Chapter

Synopsis: Chloe, Jules, and Lucy meet at a Maui resort kids’ club, aged 11, forging a lifelong friendship spanning two decades and three continents.

Twenty-two years later, they decide to swap Christmases, none of them expecting the hilarity and romantic escapades that will ensue.

Chloe from Melbourne spends her Christmas with Lucy’s mum and dad in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England, stunned to the core when she discovers who grew up across the road from Lucy.

Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.

And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend a balmy ‘Orphan’s Christmas’ with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away from her mundane life is just what she needed.

Join these three lovable women as they each get a Christmas to surpass their wildest dreams.

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Lucy, Chloe, and Jules became friends when they were eleven years old.  Now, two decades later, the women decide to swap Christmases. Each woman is ready for a change, and they agree that a Christmas swap is a perfect solution. Three wonderfully charming Christmases in three different places open the women’s eyes to new beginnings and love in Sandy Barker’s The Christmas Swap.

I love the relationship between the “May Ladies.”  Lucy, Chloe, and Jules have a strong bond that has lasted for twenty-two years and across continents.  Throughout their two-decade-long friendship, the women make time for each other, support each other, and have a remarkable bond. 

The May Ladies each find love, which is, of course, one of my favorite parts of the story. And since there are the three parallel stories in three different places, Colorado, Australia, and Oxfordshire, it’s almost like reading three romances in one!

A fun and heart-warming story that highlights the bonds of friendship, the need for connection, and the magic of the holiday season, The Christmas Swap will appeal to readers who enjoy contemporary romance. Thanks so much to Netgalley and One More Chapter for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

The friendship between Lucy, Chloe, and Jules! They have an incredible relationship.

The romance, of course! 😉

The three settings. All are vividly described and charming.


This is a great story for readers who like contemporary romance and/or Hallmark holiday movies.

16 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Christmas Swap by Sandy Barker

  1. Not going to read any Christmas book till the Holidays.

    Last year- my dad literally bought me a book that has a number of Christmas Classics. Going to start reading it this year

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      1. A Christmas Carol has always been one of my favorite books- it is in that book, and is the only Christmas classic book i know of

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      2. It is my favorite Dickens story.

        A family tradition is watching A Christmas Carol over the Holidays- as in the George C. Scott movie. Watched that since I was a child


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  3. This book could seriously give you toothache I really enjoyed the story and like the friendship of the characters but at times I did find it all too much to be real. It did give me an escape for a few hours and the fact that I could put it down and just get back into it a few hours later was a bonus.
    My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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  4. Hello, May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I really enjoyed the story and like the friendship of the characters but at times I did find it all too much to be real. It did give me an escape for a few hours. Wish you a Merry Christmas and may this festival bring abundant joy and happiness in your life.
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