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Everyone wants to be home for the holidays . . . Trading Christmas Emily Springer trades her Leavenworth, Washington, home for Charles Brewster's Boston condo. Then Emily's friend Faith comes to visit her in Washington -- and instead finds Charles, a complete stranger and a curmudgeon, to boot. His brother, Ray, meanwhile shows up at Charlie's place, only to discover EmilyEveryone wants to be home for the holidays . . . Trading Christmas Emily Springer trades her Leavenworth, Washington, home for Charles Brewster's Boston condo. Then Emily's friend Faith comes to visit her in Washington -- and instead finds Charles, a complete stranger and a curmudgeon, to boot. His brother, Ray, meanwhile shows up at Charlie's place, only to discover Emily living there. But through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, among the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge . . .The Forgetful Bride Caitlin Marshall's trying to go home to Minnesota, but at the last minute she gives her airline ticket to a stranded soldier. So Cait spends Christmas with Joe Rockwell, who was a childhood friend -- and is still a terrible tease, claiming that Cait's his wife. Oh, sure, they were "married" in a pretend ceremony when she was eight, but now Joe wants to make their "marriage" real!...

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trading christmas Reviews

  • Brian Wilson
    2018-09-17 04:36

    Really good Holiday read which is typical of Debbie Macomber. I know when picking up one of her books that I am always going to get a nice easy read full of unrealistic romance and Christmas fun, which is ultimately what I am looking for in a Christmas book. I read nothing but Christmas books from about the last week of November until Christmas and it is a time to put away the thinking caps and my usual genres and just lay back with an easy read with a happy Christmas ending and she does it every time. I cannot realistically give it 5 stars cause its too simple and chintzy, but definitely recommend if thats what youre in the mood for this time of year

  • Darlene
    2018-09-16 06:04

    A beautiful Holiday read, loved both Christmas love stories. Debbie Macomber might just become my favorite Christmas Author.

  • Sheryl Nantus
    2018-10-04 11:38

    I have to admit this was the first Macomber book I've read - and I only picked it up because it was very cheap for my Nook.What I found was an excellent holiday read and a new author to follow! Ms Macomber writes nice, sweet romantic fiction that's sure to keep you reading and leave you with a good happy feeling. It may not be as graphic as some would want, but I'd be fine having my mother catch me with this in the house.Both stories are great reading but the second one, When Christmas Comes, is the better of the two. A convoluted attempt to make the right decisions turns into a great holiday romp.I haz a happy!:)

  • Mandy
    2018-09-25 04:36

    I have decided from Thanksgiving until Christmas I am going to read only Christmas books. My mom has all of Debbie Macomber Christmas books this is the second one I've read. They are really cute fluffy Christmas love stories. This book at two stories in one book. I LOVED the first story I thought it was really cute. The leading man was sooo my type of man. I wanted him for Christmas. The second one was good but not as good as the first one, it reminded me a lot of the movie "The Holiday" which is one of my favorite movies. Definitely pick it up for a light Christmas read.

  • Heidi
    2018-09-24 06:48

    I enjoyed this book. The first one, The Forgetful Bride was too predictable for me. Plus I did not like how Cait was presuing her boss. My favorite was Home for the Holidays. I realized when I first started this book that I had actually seen the movie version a few weeks ago. (Called Trading Christmas) I enjoyed that those who made the movie stayed true to the story line, with only a few minor differences. The book is always better though because it was more indepth.

  • Tiffany
    2018-09-19 11:58

    Enjoyable cheesy Christmas read. This book contains two stories. The first story the"The Forgetful Bride"was my favorite of the two. The second story "When Christmas Comes" reminded me a bit of the movie The Holiday- two people switch houses for Christmas.

  • Marianne
    2018-10-13 08:38

    Home for the Holidays is an omnibus of two Debbie Macomber novels.The Forgetful Bride was first published in 1991 and tells the story of stockbroker, Cait Marshall, in love with her boss, Paul Jamison, since she started working for his investment firm. Paul seems not to notice her at all. When building contractor, Joe Rockwell, turns up to oversee the refurbishment of the offices, he looks a little familiar to Cait. Soon enough, Cait discovers who he is, and he manages to embarrass her in front of her colleagues by recalling that they were once married, omitting to add that this was when Cait was only eight, and in exchange for a kiss that Joe wanted to experience. Joe is an inveterate teaser, and keeps referring to their marriage, even as he courts her, until Cait finally realises what her heart is telling her. This is a fun romance, with plenty of laughs, some sad moments, a Christmas connection and a heart-warming ending. Debbie Macomber always manages to leave the reader feeling good. When Christmas Comes was first published in 2004 and tells a story of trading homes at Christmas time. When Emily Springer learns her daughter Heather is not coming home from college in Boston to Leavenworth, Washington for Christmas, she pours out her tale of woe to her friend, Faith Kerrigan in California. Eventually, Emily decides to go to Boston to see Heather, and does a house-swap with Harvard academic and curmudgeon, Professor Charles Brewster. Meanwhile, Faith decides to surprise Emily by coming to Leavenworth to cheer her up. When Heather learns Emily is in Boston, she is not at all pleased, having planned to ride to Florida for the holiday on the back of her new friend, Elijah’s Harley, leaving Emily on her own. When Emily answers the phone at Charles’s condo in Boston, his mom, Bernice, sends Charles’s brother, Ray, from New York to investigate. There’s enough humour here for plenty of laugh-out-loud moments: it would make a great Christmas TV special! There are some loveable characters and a fun plot, and of course Macomber does what she always does best: feel good romance, with a Christmas theme.

  • Mur Lafferty
    2018-09-25 03:46

    I'm not going to regurgitate the plot; the description and the other reviews do that just fine. I had low expectations on this book- my experience with Christmas fiction is pretty spotty. It started out fine; the character quirks were amusing, but after a little while it started to grate on me. Things I learned from this book:1) The way to a man's heart is to cook for him. They lose all rational thought when you cook for them. 2) Boys in school = good, non-educated Harley riders = bad. (Also, people your mother approves of = good.) (Also beer=bad, wine=good.)3) The characters all seemed a lot older than described. Emily was traditional, diminutive, and acted like a widow of 65, not 40. Faith acted like an old divorced woman with no hope for love or children- at 30. The characters were also cookie-cutter types, especially Charles and his mother. 4) When you leave a chapter at a cliffhanger, "OMG the overbearing mother has arrived to find us giggling and cooking together like a couple!" when you next return to their story, it's OK to skip over the very interesting action that would have happened, have the characters breathe a sigh of relief after mother has gone, and then just have them tell what happened in brief exposition. Exposition is ALWAYS more exciting than action.5) I'm learning that soft, easy Christmas stories like to do the opposite of other plots: the scary, tense, exciting part (the climax) is at the beginning - oh noes, we are all displaced without loved ones, and in some cases forced to be with people we would rather not be with! - and then things just gently get better and better with no real threat to happiness once it is established. I kept waiting for the "Boy loses girl" part of the story to come, and it was never even threatened. Vastly disappointing.

  • Tama
    2018-10-10 08:41

    Finished Trading Christmas 12/26 and the second book 1/1.. Quick little Christmas stories. Not a big fan of Debbie Macomber, as there is a lot of repetition within the story lines. Kind of like a soap opera...you can miss a week and when you come back to it, they mention events over and over so you are never behind. In Trading Christmas, two people trade homes on each coast and of course go through the "this is going to be horrible" phase to "this is the best ever.". There were a few unbelievable side stories, like when one of the characters shared the last available rental car with 7 men who dressed as Santa and 6 elves. Not really necessary. Would rate the Trading Christmas part of this book as a 3 at the most. Sort of a funny story line. The Fofgetful Bride unites a couple who had a tie in chilldhood. The woman is supposed to be a stock trader, but can women really be so sappy? (I'm in love with my boss, Paul, who has never noticed me and/or said a word that didn't have something to do with work. But I know he will marry me and we will live happily ever after.). Enter annoying Joe to complete the triangle. This story drops my rating to a 2.

  • C.A.
    2018-10-11 09:59

    I admit it, I'm a sucker for a sappy holiday romance. This one fits the bill. It involves two people who switch houses over the holiday season. Emily goes to Boston to suprise her daughter, who turns out has other plans. Charles, mistakenly beliving that the Levenworth he's going to is home to the prison of the same name in the hope of avoiding Christmas, instead finds himself in Emily's home in Washington state. Both get a romance to celebrate the holiday with. A quick read but just the shameless sort of sap I was looking for.

  • Tasha enderby
    2018-09-20 03:58

    This was a fun book to kick off my holiday story marathon, it has a bit of mystery and two wonderfully put love stories. I didn't know this book was two short stories and not one large novel so when I got half way through the book and realized they gave up the ending too soon on the first story to continue to the end I skipped through and found to short stories. We all need a bit of romance and this has it mixed in with good will and holiday cheer.

  • Terri
    2018-09-20 12:01

    First story " The forgotton Bride " is good.. I was not crazy about this character Joe...actually it is good story but next story " When Christmas comes " Is very good.. I like this main character " Emily"

  • Pauline
    2018-10-13 03:53

    Two stories in one book.Both very Christmassy and very sweet. Couldn't read many though.

  • Melanie
    2018-09-19 04:46

    Trading Christmas:I picked up this book b/c I loved the Debbie Macomber Christmas movies, Trading Christmas. If you are reading it for the same reason as me, put the book down and don't read it!! I was very disappointed in this book. Yes, Charles and Emily trade houses and Faith comes to Emily's house to have Christmas with her but that is about it. The storyline of Heather was so far off based and I really didn't like how she was portrayed. I guess this was one of those books where I should have read the book before I watched the movie. Maybe I wouldn't have been so disappointed!!!A Forgetful BrideThis story was an added book in the Trading Christmas book. This was a cute story of a woman who married a guy was she was a little girl and he walked back into her life as an adult. Cait was clearly in love with her boss but Joe keeps insisting that they do things together. I enjoyed this story and never saw the twist at the end.

  • Laurie
    2018-10-03 05:00

    A two story collection of holiday themed romances. The first was not good, with weird writing and bunches of characters behaving in ways that regular people never behave. The second was much better and is worth a read. A bunch of cross country mix ups lead to true love.

  • Brittany
    2018-09-23 03:45

    Too cheesy and predictable. Plus several main characters weren’t even likable.

  • Melodie Langston
    2018-09-22 10:57

    Nothing profound; just an enjoyable Christmas book well worth reading.

  • Beckey
    2018-10-05 06:00

    A quick, light read. Fun for Christmas reading lists

  • SeaShore
    2018-10-13 10:00

    A feel good, fast read.Ray and Charles are brothers.Charles is a curmudgeon (maybe), a history professor caught up in his work and has no time for Santa Claus and the elves. Emily and Charles exchange homes for 2 weeks and you can imagine the doting mother, Bernice Brewster looking for her sons. Faith, a friend of Emily decides to make a surprise visit and discovers Charles instead of Emily. She stays, she cooks for him while he does research; they get married. And they all live happily married except Heather, who is Emily's daughter holidaying in Miami with Elijah but it did not work out.

  • Karen
    2018-09-22 10:44

    Exactly the cheesy Christmas chick-lit you'd expect.

  • Hannah
    2018-10-11 03:56

    Review originally published on my blog: Snuggle Up and Read (http://nurseatkins.blogspot.com/2010/...)I read this book solely for the purpose of my Christmas Challenge. There is nothing like Christmas romance to put you in the mood for Christmas. And no one writes a fun Christmas story quite like Debbie Macomber.Both novels in this book are fun, lighthearted romance stories. It put me in the Christmas spirit, but they weren't wonderful literay reads. I read the entire book in one afternoon and had some laughs from it. It's perfect for a snuggle up with a blanket and hot chocolate and a book, but I wouldn't put it on a literature syllabus or have a group discussion around it.The Forgetful Bride was a fun novel about Caitlin, who is "in love" with one guy but actually falling in love with another. I'm sure all of us girls have made a fool of ourselves over a guy before, who so obviously does not like us (but we don't see that until after the episode is over). I felt for Caitlin, because I could see the plot unfolding but I knew she would not get it. I loved Joe who weaseled his way into her heart. I enjoyed Joe's antics, and their story made me laugh several times. I felt embarrassed for Caitlin, which made me just want to read the book faster. It was an enjoyable story, but probably one I won't reread even during Christmas time.When Christmas Comes was a fun light story that reminded me of the movie The Holiday. I enjoyed the two parallel stories, but I have to say that I did not get the chemistry between the two relationships. It seemed almost forced, and I might have enjoyed it more if there was more subtlety within the dialog and character development. I also felt that the story was told from two many perspectives. Perhaps if it was only told from Emily and Faith, instead of added several other minor characters in it. I guess it seemed like there was a whole story that was smashed into a small novel, instead of having it develop in the details.Overall, I really enjoyed these stories as a Christmas fun. But I won't read them again, and I probably won't remember the plots or characters in years to come. It was an enjoyable read, but did not impact me much. I felt that the stories could have used more (or better) development. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun, Christmasy read without much thought needed.

  • Andrea O'Brien
    2018-10-13 09:40

    The last book read in the holiday season is always the hardest to review. I have read quite a few other Christmas anthologies this season and a lot of the novellas raise the bar quite high. However, Debbie Macomber never disappoints and she has a flair for Christmas stories. "The Forgetful Bride" by Debbie Macomber. I really enjoy this story. Its a nice blend of Holiday warmth and sweet, homespun romance. The story takes place at Christmastime and the character, Cait and Joe, bond over simple holiday chores/traditions like Christmas shopping and decorating the tree. The relationship between the character is easy and fun. They are complimentary characters, his easy going nature coaxing Cait to relax and Cait's organizational tendencies causing Joe to get things done on time. The characters draw on a shared past and the story revolves around a childhood memory. Its sweet because the childhood (pretend) marriage that Joe and Cait had is the type of memory that a lot of people can relate too. Its a really sweet basis for a story and Macomber was able to continue that sweet innocence into the later story. Its a cute read and I am glad it was one of the last ones of the season!"When Christmas Comes" by Debbie Macomber. This story is nice - its not as high up on my list of Christmas stories as the rest but I don't really know why. The story has the same basis as "The Holiday" (I am not sure which came first but it was probably the book) which is a Christmas movie I thoroughly enjoy so I really am stumped as to why this one just did not hit the same note with me. The characters are nice and the antics of Santa and the six elves that Faith travels with never fails to make me smile. Emily just makes me a little sad, though that improves, she makes me think of being away from my own family and I really wanted to take her daughter by the ear and shake her. Faith is very likable as is her love interest, Charlies, who is a lovable (and absentminded) scrooge. And Ray is a sweet and charming. The cast is good but I think that this story more than any other suffers from being the last one read before I pack them back up in their boxes till next year. Still a mediocre story by Debbie Macomber is better than most!

  • Michelle (MichelleBookAddict)
    2018-09-30 03:52

    2013Home for the Holidays a.k.a. "Trading Christmas" by Debbie Macomber "Trading Christmas" (or "When Christmas Comes") and "The Forgetful Bride" are charming Christmas stories. I haven't read that many Macomber books, but the ones I've read I have found to be just the ticket for quick romance reads."Trading Christmas"Emily Springer, widow with daughter off at college (who I felt rightfully enjoying her life and making her own adventures). She lives in Washington at a little town with exaggerating love for Christmas. But she's not happy being alone for the holidays. So she swaps houses.Charles Brewster, professor at Boston with a book deadline. Wants privacy and a anti-Christmas town to stay at (dumped by wife on Christmas). Why a history professor would confuse the two Leavenworth towns I don't know.Then you've got Faith Kerrigan (Em's friend) and Ray Brewster (Charles' bro), as well as Emily's 21 year old daughter, Heather and her love life. All this together makes three good love stories in one.The character development was good. I liked all of them, although Emily came off a little annoying sometimes.Then... You've got "The Forgetful Bride" which is also cute but predictable. It was a very quick read and enjoyable.I read these after seeing the Hallmark movie, (Trading Christmas), staring Tom Cavanagh (The Capture of the Green River Killer and Ed).I really enjoyed the movie as well as the book. ”

  • Shonda
    2018-09-23 10:35

    Emily is disappointed when her daughter Heather announces she’s not coming home for Christmas. She calls her friend Faith and explains she will be spending the holidays alone. Faith, being a good friend, decides to surprise Emily by paying her visit. Meanwhile, Emily has researched swapping houses for the holiday. If Heather can’t come home, she’ll go to her. After all, family should be together during the Christmas season. In her haste to leave, she doesn’t call Faith to tell her her new holiday plans.Charles is the man Emily is swapping houses with. He can’t get out of Boston fast enough. The holiday carolers, the last minute shoppers and the festivities are too much for him. Escaping to a small town is just what this man needs. Until he realizes the town of Leavenworth is even more festive than Boston. When Faith arrives at Emily’s, she finds Charles there instead. Not sure what to make of him or their situation, Faith decides not to allow this scrooge to ruin her holiday.Ray, Charles’s brother decides to visit him after receiving a phone call from their meddling mother. She claims a woman answered the phone and demands to know if she’s “the one” for her son. Ray travels to Boston to find out the woman’s identity and meets Emily.Trading Christmas is a predictable holiday romance. Grab a plate of holiday cookies, a glass of eggnog and your favorite throw. Curl up on a cold winter’s day and enjoy this festive story.

  • Amy
    2018-10-03 10:54

    Ugh! Remind me not to read anything by this author again. She's stuck in a previous generation or two, where women are supposed to be at home baking cookies for men. Her idea of the way to a man's heart is through food, and sex is unheard of in her books--only kissing!I completed the first of the two stories in this book. I only finished about half-way through on the second story because I was so disgusted with Charles' attitude. The woman in the first story was very adolescent, and that drove me nuts. She kept talking about her crush on her boss Paul while she was in the midst of dating Joe. It made her sound like she was about 14. In the second story we have two women who go to the trouble of spending hundreds of dollars on airline tickets to fly across country to "surprise" people and neither trip goes as expected. Now, who in their right mind, in this day and age flies across the country to be with friends and family for the holidays without confirming that they're going to be there in the first place?Ms Macomber is definitely stuck in the old world, where the female characters are flaky enough to flaunt their crushes in front of their boyfriends or to book travel arrangements without confirming that it's a good idea. And that they have to bake cookies to get a guy's attention, and there's no such thing as sex.

  • Regina
    2018-09-21 08:02

    This review and rating is for Trading Christmas - I mention this because the Kindle version I read had two books in one: Trading Christmas and The Forgetful Bride. Trading Christmas is a fun, romantic, festive, if somewhat predictable holiday novel. A mom in Washington state trades houses with a professor in Boston - her so she can surprise her daughter, and him so he can escape the holidays and write. What follows is a lot of hijinks and scenes funny enough to have my whole face smiling. This is not deep reading, but light, happy Christmas fare. Like a Hallmark movie, but without the often terrible acting. I really enjoyed it. If this had been a review of the "bonus" book, The Forgetful Bride, I would have given it 2 stars - it was predictable and boring. I think it goes to show that Macomber's writing has gotten much better over the years.

  • Casee Marie
    2018-10-16 08:38

    Trading Christmas tells the story of Emily Springer, Charles Brewster, Faith Kerrigan and Ray Brewster – friends, brothers, strangers, and…house traders. Desperate to be with her daughter for the holidays, Emily seeks any opportunity that will allow her to stay in Boston – and Harvard professor Charles is desperate to escape to a place void of Yuletide cheer where he can write and grouse in peace. Ray, Charles’ brother, chances upon Emily while Faith, Emily’s friend, finds Charles the curmudgeon when she attempts to surprise a lonely Emily for Christmas. There’s match-making and mix-ups in true Macomber fashion, with all the warm-hearted goodness readers have come to know and love from her stories......read my full review.

  • Darlene
    2018-10-13 04:57

    Two wonderfully warm stories to add to the holiday seasonAside from some of the outdated lingo, both of these stories were the perfect way to spend the early winter evenings. The Forgetful Bride was a cute and witty story that I could really envision being played out in my mind. In When Christmas Comes, all the characters experienced very different but comical mix ups, making it easy to like. I only felt the last few chapters were a bit rushed

  • Roberta
    2018-09-17 07:02

    I picked this book up with many other paperbacks at a library sale. It is the first Macomber book I remember reading. Both novellas in this book are fun, light romance stories with a Christmas theme. Nothing really outstanding but enjoyable and somewhat better than the average holiday stories.The Forgetful Bride is one of those "what you want vs what you need" stories with a dash of "there's no place like home" when Caitlin can't get home for Christmas but gets something from home that makes up for it. When Christmas Comes is like the Christmas/romance version of the comedy routine "Who's on First?" with a dash of "The Christmas Carol" when a lack of communication turns a sad Christmas into ... well, something completely different.

  • Jayme(the ghost reader)
    2018-10-15 07:38

    This is a two story anthology. I liked the first story. It was about a woman who works as a stock broker. He is in love with her boss but he doesn't know she is alive. Then the office is getting renovated and the contractor is her brother's best friend from childhood. Also, they got married when they were kids. He knows who she is but she doesn't immediately recognize him. When she does, he does everything to embarrass her or so she thinks. It is a cute story.The second story I didn't like as much. It reminds me of "Trading Christmas." where two people switch houses. In this story, the two people switch houses and fall in love. It didn't seem as interesting as the first story. I had to read fast because the book was due back at the library.