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Friday, 2 September 2016

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley Book Review


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?

Publication Date    2nd September 2016


I was lucky enough to be able to read and review this before publication so thankyou to the lovely people at Harper Collins for the opportunity!

Hands up who has ever wanted to just get away from it all?! Most of us then!! And in this book we follow Daisy and Florence who have those exact thoughts when things aren't quite turning out the way they had hoped in their respective lives!

Daisy is a real home bird and is happy to stay in the little cottage in the middle of nowhere with her dog Mabel, and naughty horse Barney. But she feels trapped when her on/off boyfriend asks her 'the question' and she starts to wonder if there should be more to her life than mucking out stables and collecting hens eggs!

Florence seemingly has it all - a great career, perfect pad in Barcelona and a seemingly perfect boyfriend of 5 years! Her world soon comes crashing down around her though and all she can think of doing is running away. Thankfully her friend Anna comes up with the idea of Daisy and Florence swapping lives for a while! Giving them both the breaks they need and maybe time for a new perspective on life. And maybe set them both free from the lives they thought they may be stuck with.

Loved the relationship between the three friends - Daisy, Anna and Florence - and the way they took the chance to try something new was fun and refreshing. And of course, there are new love interests for them both when they settle into their new 'lives' and I really enjoyed how natural both felt thanks to some fun characters and interesting situations they seemed to find themselves in!

Set in December it really captures the excitement and enthusiasm both girls have for their new surroundings and all that entails and it is really infectious to read.  Almost to the point of dropping everything and wanting to go out on your own adventure!

This is the first Zara Stoneley book that I've read - shameful i know! - so I will be rectifying this in the very near future and look forward to discovering more from this author as I really enjoy the way she captures the essence of locations and the characters she creates!

A really fun and light read which I can highly recommend!

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