Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Christmas Switch by Zoey Marie Jackson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Christmas Switch
Author: Zoey Marie Jackson
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Release Date: October 25th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Keeping this secret gets complicated
with the family she wished for right next door.
Swapping places with her identical twin over the holidays sounds easy enough to Chanel Houston. But playing the role is trickier than expected when it comes to maintaining frosty relations with her sister’s neighbor and nemesis—especially since he has an adorable little girl and a rowdy puppy. Ryder Frost’s supposed to be grumpy and rude…so why does Chanel find the single dad so irresistible?
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Book ideas for myself and probably for many others come as a result of a ‘what if-then
situation that we think about and could be a result of blending things that we love or
have experienced. In this case, it was a blend of concepts and things that I like to craft
the idea for The Christmas Switch.
Being a twin myself, I absolutely love reading about twins, and I have always tried to
incorporate twins in my stories. For my first book for Love Inspired, I wrote about a set
of five-year-old matchmaking twins. I knew I wanted to do the same again but I wanted
to add a little intrigue, put a twist on it. That’s when the idea came to have these twins
switch places. This is understandable in the younger years so I had to think on the
concept of what would cause adult twins to switch places.
Fortunately, I was working with a great editor for the line who helped me formulate the
reason for the switch. Adult twins might switch places if one was in danger. Next, a book
trope that is almost always a guaranteed read for me is the neighbor-next-door. So, I
put the hero next door. To further add to the fun, one of the most enjoyable tropes for
readers is the enemies-to-lovers.
That’s when the light bulb went off and the concept materialized. What if I had twins
who switched places and that twin falls in love with the neighbor next door whom her
sister dislikes. The editor loved that idea so I began working on the characters and
crafting their story. Because of the timeline of when the book would be written and
delivered, I was asked if I could make it a Christmas story. If you blend all these, you
have The Christmas Switch.
Finally, while writing this, I was and still am going through a tough personal experience.
God ministered to me while writing and I then shared that through my story. I hope it
entertains and blesses at the same time!
I am a sucker for Christmas romances! And right now the weather’s getting a little colder, so I can start to dream of Christmas. And this was just an adorable book with all the Christmas magic.
Chanel’s life just got a lot more complicated. When her twin sister begs her to switch places, she agrees even though her hometown is filled with too many painful memories. But what happens when her sister’s annoying neighbor turns out to be a single dad with an adorable little girl? Chanel’s heart is getting attached with Ryder and his daughter Gabby even though their whole foundation is a lie.
Okay, I realized that this synopsis sounds super dramatic, but this book was actually pretty low stress. And Chanel is switching with her sister, Cara, because Cara is involved in an FBI investigation. Can I just say that explanation made me sigh in relief! I feel like lying in a relationship is a very bad move, so I loved that Chanel actually had a reasonable explanation. It made me love this story a little bit more!
Chanel was going through a lot, and she had a ton of past trauma she needed to work through. It was sweet to watch her with Ryder and Gabby, and they both helped her work through her painful past. I loved how she was with Gabby. And it was refreshing to have a more gentle female protagonist. I think a lot of female protagonists now are sassy, quick witted warrior queens, and I love those characters. But it’s refreshing to have a different kind of heroine.
Ryder was a sweetheart. Honestly, it was so cute to watch him with Gabby, and he was trying so hard to be a good dad. He also had a lot of past pain to work through, and it was cool to see him and Chanel help each other. They were both a little broken, and they helped bind each other up.
This was low stress, sweet read. I sometimes had a hard time really getting into it, but it was still really cute! The ending was a bit fast paced which was surprising because the romance was definitely a slow burn. However, I think the slow burn romance really worked for these characters because they were both more cautious in nature.
I would totally recommend this clean, Christian read to anyone who loves a Christmas romance!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Zoey Marie Jackson loves writing sweet romances. She is almost never without a book and reads across genres. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Teachers College Columbia University and Argosy University and has been an educator for over 20 years. Zoey loves interacting with her readers.
Connect with Zoey by visiting zoeymariejackson.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.
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