Audiobook: Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Title:  Trading Christmas (audiobook)

Author:  Debbie Macomber

Narrator:  Renee Raudman

Genre:  Christmas Romance

Published:  October 2011 – Brilliance Audio (previously titled When Christmas Comes – 2004)

About:  (Goodreads synopsis) Emily Springer widowed mother of one, decides to leave her hometown of Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston. Charles Brewster, history professor, seasoned curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether.

Through an Internet site, they arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston–and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover a town that looks like Santa’s village, full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and elves.

Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith Kerrigan travels to Leavenworth to visit her–and finds Charles the grouch. . .whose brother, Ray, shows up at Charles’s place, to find Emily living there.

Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge in unexpected ways. Because when Christmas comes, so does love. . .

My brief take:  Debbie Macomber’s Christmas novels are cute and heartwarming. Trading Christmas is no different. It’s a comedy of errors that involves three story lines. The romance is light and the humor borders on corny at times but I didn’t mind that. Narrator Renee Raudman gave a fine performance. I listened to the audiobook while I knitted a Christmas gift. It was perfect entertainment. The Hallmark Channel is airing the movie version of this novel. It’s new this year and I hope to watch it soon. If you enjoy cute Christmas themed novels you may like Trading Christmas.

Source:  I bought it.

Disclaimer:  See sidebar. I was not compensated for my review.

21 thoughts on “Audiobook: Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber

    • Normally I’d agree with you, Diane, but there’s a blurb on the cover that clearly states the title change. I’ve been caught before when there’s no mention at all. Frustrating to say the least.


    • Beth, the bones of the novel are in the movie but many details were changed. I still thought it was entertaining. I’m a sucker for the Hallmark Christmas movies 🙂


  1. How funny, I just read the print version When Christmas Comes yesterday. It was cute and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I don’t know why they change titles – it’s very annoying.


  2. I watched the movie with my mom the other night and thought it was cute. This is probably the one Debbie Macomber book I haven’t read, so I probably need to get it just to say I have – lol! 🙂 Lovely review, my friend!


    • Thanks, Sharon. My daughter (who now lives in Maine) used to watch these Christmas movies with me – we loved them. I’ll bet your mom loves watching them with you!


  3. I always like to do seasonal reads, but have a hard time picking which one is just right for me. It sounds like this one might bear investigating, as this year I am looking for more of a cozy read. Thanks for the great review. I will be checking this one out!


  4. I love books like that especially this time of year. I watched the movie Sunday and my husband made fun of it (cheesy and predictable he said) and of me because I loved watching it! 😀


    • LOL, I’m impressed your husband watched with you. I didn’t even invite mine – he would’ve had the same reaction as yours!


  5. I read this one under the old title and I’m sure I liked it. The truth is I didn’t remember the plot until I saw Trading Places on TV the other night. I stick with Macomber because I know her stories are sweet as well as clean. I like that. By the way, I also got Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook and I think you’ll like it.


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