The Holiday Swap

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From the USA Today bestelling author of The Wedding Date!

‘Fun, flirty and fabulously festive’ Cathy Bramley

Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak!

Tucked away in the idyllic English countryside, Daisy Fischer’s cosy little cottage has always been her safe haven. But when her completely dependable boyfriend issues her an ultimatum, Daisy realises there’s a whole world out there she’s missing out on.

Florence Cortes’s life couldn’t be better – gorgeous apartment right on the beach, fabulous job and dreamy boyfriend, or so she thought. Suddenly, Flo’s life isn’t so perfect after all.

When the girls house swap for the holidays, it’s not long before Daisy is being distracted by sun, sea and sexy Javier while Flo finds herself snowbound for Christmas with only handsome neighbour Hugo and a house full of animals to keep her company.

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas, but in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it...

What readers are saying about The Holiday Swap...

‘The perfect antidote to the winter blues...a sweet, funny and compelling tale that makes you wonder exactly what your life would be like if you just had the nerve to try and change it’ – Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

‘Humor, heartbreak and plenty of ho, ho, ho! I loved The Holiday Swap!’ Mandy Baggot

‘Warm, happy, perfect to curl up with and guaranteed to make you smile!’ Kitty Loves Books

‘Heartwarming...will make Christmas feel extra magical’ The Reading Shed

‘One of those books that you should read curled up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate’ Michelle Ryles, Top 1000 Amazon reviewer

‘The perfect holiday read’ Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews

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About the author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of 'The Wedding Date'.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series – 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.

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HarperCollins UK
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Published on
2 Sep 2016
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Pages
332
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ISBN
9780008201722
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas? 


Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbourMarcus and she knows she shouldn’t be … 


So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction? 


A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night. 


What everyone’s saying about Christie Barlow: 

'What a corker of a book! Relatable, enticing, full of humour and drama in double doses and with a huge dollop of Christmas sprinkled in! It’s pace doesn’t slow down for a second, from the first page you are hooked!'I Blog Books 

'Very relatable characters and a story written to make you laugh and cry makes this a great read!'Angry Grey Cat Reads 

'An all round fun author to read!'Eat Your Books Out 

‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog 

'A heartwarming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love' Rachael Lucas 

‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea's Book Reviews 

‘Kitty's Countryside Dream will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you'll feel it pulling at your heart strings. This really turned out to be a beautiful book …turning the pages and unravelling the story was very thought provoking.’ Crooks on Books 

‘I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More 

‘Kitty's Countryside Dream is a soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it's been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it'll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world. So, get those wellies on and head for a new roost in the country in this delicious feel-good tale with a gorgeous soft centre.' Little Bookness Lane 

'A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens. I loved every moment of it and some of the scenes, with chickens, will have you chuckling' Rachel's Random Reads 

‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie's Reading Korner Review 

'This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside' Laura H Book Blog 

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

 

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

 

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

 

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

 

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in.  Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson

 

Read what everyone is saying about Spring at Blueberry Bay:

 

“To say I loved this story is a huge understatement. I read it in one sitting and honestly could not put it down once I started … I loved every minute of it.” Fiona's Book Reviews 5*

 

“OMG this is Holly's best book ever I haven't laughed so much in ages … hilarious and endearing … The chemistry is electric (and steamy too).” Goodreads Reviewer 5*

 

“I absolutely flew through this book … A wonderful story that I have no doubt will leave you with a smile!” Rae Reads 5*

                       

“A fantastically romantic book … I was almost in tears … Spring at Blueberry Bay is Holly Martin at her best” Rachel’s Random Reads 5*

 

“This is a hug in a book and I found it simply delightful.” Goodreads Reviewer 4*

 

 “Oh my! I think I’ve just fell in love with the amazing Isaac! The characters are just fantastic and incredibly loveable ... The book is jam packed with romance, passion and fun. This is one of the loveliest romances I’ve ever read.” Goodreads 5*

 

“An absolutely FAB story! Holly Martin does it again! I LOVE Holly's books and this one is brilliant! A beautifully written, feel good, fun, charming tale that grabs you from the first page. Adored it and highly recommend to everyone.” Renita D'Silva

 

“Every page of this book was delicious and impossible to put down … a beautifully written tale, that was funny and well thought out … Swoonsome, flirty and downright gorgeous.” Escapades of a Bookworm 5*

“This is probably the best Holly Martin book I’ve read so far! Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.” Stardust Book Reviews 5*

‘All the ingredients for a perfect, summery read...it really captured my heart’ Cressida McLaughlin ‘Sprinkled with oodles of charm...I simply adored this book’ Christie Barlow

Fall in love with a brand new cosy romance series from bestselling author Zara Stoneley

When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and she's determined to get back in the classroom as fast as she can.

Except the only job on offer is at an idyllic village school in the middle of nowhere – Lucy's idea of hell. Where are the disadvantaged kids who need saving, where is the challenge?

But as Lucy finds herself welcomed into the warm-hearted community of Langtry Meadows, she begins to realise new challenges await – like frogs in the classroom, a rather difficult donkey, and a very brooding local vet...

Local boy Charlie Davenport has his own issues about living in the close-knit village of Langtry Meadows. His private life is already fuel for the well-meaning gossips and the very last thing he needs is to get close to the new school teacher...no matter how lovely she is.

But as summer days drift away Langtry Meadows weaves its magic, Charlie and Lucy both get the chance to turn over a new leaf and start anew...maybe with each other?

A fun, romantic story to make you smile and long for your own country escape.

Praise for Summer with the Country Village Vet:

‘Beautifully written tale straight from the author’s heart’ The Writing Garnet

‘Like a summer breeze, gently warming your heart...be prepared for love, laughter and escapism’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

‘A zingy, romantic and fabulously heartwarming book ... My ultimate summer read’ Petra Pippa Q

‘This was a fun and fabulous book to curl up with under the blanket and with a fire blazing … And best of all it made me excited for Christmas!’ Escapades of a Bookworm 

 

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

 

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay.  She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures.  Yet her personal life seems frozen.

 

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome.  But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

 

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

 

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

 

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

 

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year.  Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

 

Read what everyone is saying about Christmas at Lilac Cottage:

 

‘Christmas is not yet around the corner, but I feel all-things-Christmassy right now, devouring this beautifully-written novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, smiling and giggling throughout the story, it's simply beautiful! It is the first time reading Holly Martin's works and I have fallen in love with it and her adorable characters.’ Lilac Diaries 

 

‘Holly Martin has the ability to transport me into a big fat daydream for a few hundred pages … Fabulous with a capital F!’ Best Crime Books and More

‘Totally adorable and very entertaining … In short this is more than an entertaining romance.’ Shelly Back Books 

‘I loved this sweet and gentle holiday love story and the descriptions of the cottage and the village made me feel like I was in White Cliff myself.’ For the Love of Books 

 

‘When I started this book I felt I should be wrapped up In blanket with a roaring log fire and a mug of hot chocolate … I loved every page of it!’ The Book Review Café

 

‘Oh my God, I was laughing so much. But also some very heart-breaking and … well, fierce moments.’ Bookish Fever

 

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‘I loved everything about this book … will certainly have you looking forward to one of the most magical days of the year.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

 

‘Made my heart melt just a bit … I could not put the book down.’ Hokkerups Bogblog

 

‘I highly recommend this book, it’s wonderful. It’s one of those books that you can curl up with on a cold day and just escape, and when you’ve finished reading you feel all content and warm and smiley. 10/10.’ Rather Too Fond of Books

 

‘A mini Christmas miracle.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

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