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Trading Christmas: Trading Christmas / The Forgetful Bride

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Trading Houses. Trading Towns. Trading Christmas!
Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston.
Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays--except he's thinki
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published October 25th 2011)
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Lesley
so the urgent care told me there is a 2 hr wait to see dr so was reading this in the waiting room, well it passed the time. Maybe if I was more in holiday spirit I would enjoy it more, cutesy but predictable (but really what's wrong with Christmas in Florida? this author makes it sound just awful)cute romantic book!
Patty
Nov 26, 2013 Patty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if Hallmark has turned this into a Christmas movie. Of course, it's that kind of story. Macomber doesn't do that bad a job of it, considering she churns out so many books each year. In this one she paints Boston, New York, and Leavenworth, WA as romantic holiday spots. On the other hand, she makes Florida seem like the last place you'd like to spend Christmas.
Mary
Nov 23, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber's Christmas books are always cute and heartwarming. Trading Christmas was no different. I enjoyed listening while I knitted a Christmas gift.
Kelly
Trading Christmas was an enjoyable, very heartwarming read.

The Forgetful Bride was quite enjoyable, but predictable.
Frances
Nov 26, 2012 Frances rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Good book to unwind from the Christmas rush with. Trading Christmas was a delight to read. Emily is facing her Christmas alone after her daughter tells her that she isn't coming home on Christmas break. She calls her best friend for sympathy but doesn't get what she hoped for. So she decides she will go to her daughter in Boston. Charles wanted to escape Christmas in Boston. Actually he just wanted to escape Christmas all together. Emily and Charles trade homes for the holiday each hoping to cel ...more
Jonel Boyko
Dec 18, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may possibly bet the funniest, most unique Christmas story that I’ve ever read. Macomber throws her cast of characters into some very unique situations that you can’t help but laugh at. She creates an inescapable world for her readers to revel in. Macomber’s descriptions and narrative are so vivid that you cannot help but picture everything. At the same time everything remains realistic and in the moment.

Macomber’s brilliant cast carries this story forward without a hitch. Getting to know
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Anna Marie
First, I don't read mainstream, popular authors unless the premise sounds SO incredibly good. This one did: a stodgy professor swaps homes with a widowed empty-nester, and neither end up where they hoped to be. But it was too pat, to quick, and too over the top. The about-face the prof makes is ridiculous, the 'funnies' in the story were SO contrived, and even the characters - Santa and six elves = X-mess version of the seven dwarves for Snow White to travel with? C'mon.

Worse, I found out it was
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Readsandeats
Dec 16, 2016 Readsandeats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book to begin with on my way back from University in the car and have worked my way through the rest of it this week.
I really enjoyed listening to it and loved the way the narrator made the characters come alive.
We meet five great characters, a mother, a daughter, a best friend and two brothers who all learn so much from Christmas adn what the season really means.

A great book to read or listen to.
Jeanne
Dec 30, 2015 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminiscent of the movie, The Holiday (starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz), a female kindergarten teacher and a male college professor "trade" homes on opposite sides of the United States during the holiday season. Due to the characters planning surprise visits for family and friends, it turns out not quite exactly as planned. I enjoyed and loved how the author closed the story! And I love how the magic of Christmas can soften even hard characters. 5 out of 10 for me.
Joanne
Dec 18, 2011 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Trading Christmas' is a sweet seasonal romance. If you love Christmas and want a book to help get you into the spirit, then this book should do it.
Traci Ely
Feb 14, 2016 Traci Ely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick fun read.
Judine Brey
Jun 16, 2017 Judine Brey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked up this book because I had seen the Hallmark movie (and Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors). While I liked both versions, neither hit a home run for me. The movie made some unnecessary changes in profession (which caused the book to make much more sense), but one of the sub-plots was far too messy in the book and was more of a distraction than a benefit. Not the same. Just as good. Left wanting more.
Alia
Dec 09, 2016 Alia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cheesy and predictable, but full of Christmas cheer!
Jeanine Lent
Jun 17, 2015 Jeanine Lent rated it really liked it
This book had 2 stories in it. I loved the first story quite a bit. It was a true comedy of errors, & it made me laugh out loud, at times. People did not communicate very well, and, so, misunderstandings happened & mistakes were made, with some unusual results. Heather, a college student at Harvard, tells her mother, Emily, that she cannot come home for Christmas because she has too much work to do. ( Now, if any of you have college-age children, or were once young yourselves, you may th ...more
Cindy
May 04, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This funny, heartwarming and romantic story from Debbie Macomber makes it a perfect holiday read. The story begins when Emily, a widow it told by her daughter (a student at Harvard) that she will not be coming home for Christmas. Emily decides to surprise her daughter by trading her house in Washington state for one in Boston, Mass. so they can be together at Christmas. She arrives in Boston only to discover that her daughter is about to embark on a motorcycle road trip to Florida with a new boy ...more
Doris
Aug 15, 2012 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audio book was a smooth easy read. Although there were parts when I was jarred out of the story, those places had more to do with the inconsistencies between the character ages and the plot / their emotions. Overall, a fun read, good for a long road trip.

There were several points in this story that I found interesting, including the little Christmas village atmosphere, but overall one of the things that grated a little on me harked back to the days of my childhood, when my grandmother (born
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Pam
Nov 09, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trading Christmas is a novel by Debbie Macomber. The book also includes a preview of Christmas on Icicle Lane by Sheila Roberts as well as the novel The Forgetful Bride by Debbie Macomber. All three are quite fun to read, especially during the holiday season. They are Debbie Macomber at her best.
Trading Christmas has Emily Springer trading houses with Professor Charles Brewster in Boston. Emily wants to spend Christmas with her daughter Heather; but Heather has decided not to come home in orde
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Rebecca
Single mother Emily, living in Leavenworth, WA, is devastated when her only daughter says she can't make it home from Harvard for Christmas. Harvard professor Charles is sick to death of Christmas and his mother's attempts to marry him off, and is looking for an escape route. When he sees Emily's notice looking for a house swap so she can spend Christmas in Boston with her daughter, Charles mistakes his Leavenworths and thinks it would make for a nice quiet Christmas to be in a prison town. When ...more
Lynda
Jul 05, 2016 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A Christmas surprise visit turned Emily Springer’s plans upside down. Her daughter had left on a trip with friends; she was a stranger in the city and now the holiday season she loved so much, pained her with loneliness. Her friend Faith Kerrigan had Christmas plans elsewhere but later altered her decision only to be shocked to find Emily not home, a strange man was living there. Emily and Charles Brewster quietly swapped residences for the holidays creating surprises for everyone who entered th ...more
Michelle
Sep 11, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Trading Christmas a.k.a Home for the Holidays 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
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Gina
Dec 27, 2015 Gina rated it it was ok
Trading Christmas: Trading Christmas\The Forgetful Bride (Paperback)
by Debbie Macomber

Light, easy reads perfect for a holiday weekend. The women characters are somewhat silly as are most of Macomber's female characters, especially in 'Forgetful Bride'.
Women that think their lives are over at 28, that they will never get married and have children because it hasn't happened yet and gasp, might not happen by the time they're 30, are the silliest, most immature-type of characters you could possib
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Nicki
Apr 24, 2013 Nicki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The copy I had was actually three short stories about Xmas, one of them being Trading Christmas. I did not realise when I borrowed it from the library as it was just titled Trading Christmas, or I probably wouldn't have bothered. I really don't like short story collections.
As I had started and was quite enjoying it, decided to go on. This was nicely written, but very cliched and I hated the nauseating ending so much I decided not to bother with the other two stories in the book. I really hate t
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Rachel
Nov 15, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
This was a quick read. I've never read Debbie Macomber before but I've seen a couple of movies made from her books and enjoyed them. In this case I definitely enjoyed the movie about a house trade more than this book (thinking of the movie The Holiday). The book was kind of choppy and I didn't enjoy Emily's daughter Heather's attitude. Seemed really out of character for how close her and her mom were supposed to be. And the turn-around in Charles' attitude seemed too sudden and forced. The relat ...more
Jennifer
Dec 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book was SO different from the Hallmark movie (which is one of my favorite cheesy holiday romances!)!! It's almost like the producers were reading a different book. That being said, I think that was part of the reason I enjoyed reading it so much - I kept seeing the differences as I read and thinking, "Oh yeah, they definitely made that better" or "I can see why they made that change." I enjoyed the book, but I also enjoyed comparing it to its television counterpart (which is odd beca ...more
Susan
Dec 27, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
While not great literature, this book is a wonderful, lighthearted, laugh-out-loud book, perfect for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day reading.

I wished that the cover and summary had not given away so much information, because the ending is pretty predictable, but nonetheless, I enjoyed this story of miscommunication and the quest for the holiday that each person wants.

I don't know if this was ever made into a Hallmark movie, but it has all the makings of one. I gave it 4 stars because whenever I
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Maggie Burgess
Dec 20, 2014 Maggie Burgess rated it liked it
This review is for the "Trading Christmas" story, or first half of this book. It was entirely predictable and mindless, but it was the perfect story to get me into the Christmas spirit! I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light, easy, Christmas read. Of course it has been made into a Hallmark Channel movie- it's just that kind of story! So if you, like me, secretly love those "bad" movies, check this out :) (Oh, and I LOVED that it partly took place in Leavenworth, Washi ...more
Diane Mcclure
Dec 26, 2014 Diane Mcclure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You get double your money with a double storyline in this fun Christmas romance. In a genre of light holiday romantic's tails I think this one is a little bit better than most so I gave it five stars. Agreed that it is fairly predictable for the three female protagonists, but aren't many of these stories recognizable because they are common tales? I particularly enjoyed the various roles of motherhood with the four different women in the story. I think this would be a fun movie. I can imagine it ...more
Caroline
Nov 22, 2013 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't enjoy a heart warming Christmas romance when it's Christmastime. I sure do. I had seen the movie and loved it so decided to read the book. It was a great story and I loved the storyline of faith, hope and love. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and this book fulfilled all that I hope for in a great romance novel. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. Thanks Debbie, keep them coming.
Allison
Dec 25, 2015 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I got this book in my Christmas stocking, and it was all right. I've never read a Debbie Macomber book before, and although her books are written in a super simplistic style, I enjoyed "Trading Christmas" (I had seen the Hallmark movie version so I knew what to expect). I had to skim the second story, "The Forgetful Bride" because I just wasn't enjoying it at all, but I didn't want to stop with the book half-finished.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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