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Book club questions for The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox takes a closer look at this feel-good holiday rom com. There will be spoilers so for more context about the story, check out my spoiler-free review first.
What a joyful story! I truly had a big smile on my face after I finished it. I though it had a wonderful balance of sweet and light with also some deeper topics as well. A fantastic read all around.
I also really enjoyed learning more about baking. It’s something I don’t have the talent for but I love baking shows and this was fun to read about it as well.
When 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?
Book Club Questions for The Holiday Swap
- Why do you think twin swap stories are so popular? If you were a twin (or are one), would you take an opportunity to swap if it presented itself?
- Charlie leaves behind their small town and sees huge success in L.A. as a co-host of a reality baking show. Why was it important for her to move away and prove herself on the big stage?
- And on the similar note, why did Cass decide to stay home? Was Cass satisfied with her life at the bakery?
- The twins swap and both find it difficult but also fun. What did both learn about their sister and also themselves by participating in this swap?
- Let’s talk about the romances! Did you enjoy following both of them; did you think one couple had a better connection than the other—what are your thoughts there?
- There’s plenty of holiday baking in the story! Did any of the recipes/dishes stick out to you? Do you like to bake for the holidays?
- Do you relate to one twin more so than the other? Which one and why?
- What are your thoughts about the ending? Were you surprised to see Charlie stay in their hometown after all?
- If they turn the book into a movie, who should play the main roles?
- What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Hope you enjoyed book club questions for The Holiday Swap! Here are some more recommendations along with links to book club questions.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Another fun holiday rom com is In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.
But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.
The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.
The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
If you’re looking for more sister stories, The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is a sweet one.
In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…
Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…
As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?