REVIEW: ‘The Holiday Switch’ by Tif Marcelo is the perfect read for the holidays


Are you looking for a cozy book to read this month? Tif Marcelo’s latest release is perfect!

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle up with The Holiday Switch under the Christmas lights! The holidays are upon the touristy town of Holly, New York and Tif Marcelo is ready to take readers to a magical place.

From the Blurb:

Lila Castro is ready to take on her last winter break of high school. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and she’s earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss’s frustratingly cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they’ve been hiding things from each other. Will their secrets — and a dash of holiday spirit — bring them closer to love?

This story was exactly what I needed to kick off the holiday season. It’s full of bright and diverse characters and set in a joyful town that loves Christmas!

Lila is an employee at the Bookworm Inn which happened to be a major set in a popular film called ‘Holiday by the Lake’. Thanks to the film and novel, the town of Holly sees a boost in tourism during Christmas when people come to see where the two main characters in ‘Holiday by the Lake’ fell in love. Thanks to this, Lila is hoping that she can pick up extra shifts during her winter break.

With college just around the corner and not wanting to be a burden to her family, Lila’s main focus is to earn enough money to help where financial aid can’t. Her plans get ruined thanks to the nephew of her boss showing up as Bookworm Inn’s newest employee. To make matters worse, her boss then asks Lila to be the one to train the new employee, Teddy, and thinking of the extra cash Lila doesn’t decline the offer.

I absolutely adored Lila. As a Filipino-American myself, I enjoyed reading about her family and the representation in this book made me love it even more! Lila is sweet, caring, and plays the role of the eldest child well with every decision she makes. It was fun seeing how she grows into her own person outside of her family throughout the story.

Then there was Teddy who was very charming! He showed up to this town that embodies the spirit of Christmas at every corner and was not ready for what he’d find there. It takes him a while to open up but once he does, it was adorable to read about his love for this town and the people he cares about there.

Teddy and Lila get off on the wrong foot and misunderstandings (of course) lead them to dislike each other. Things become more interesting when Teddy accidentally takes Lila’s phone instead of his own when leaving work. That’s when the two of them learn that there’s more behind their first impressions of one another. They soon have to ask themselves, can I trust them with my secrets?

The Holiday Switch is sure to put a smile on every reader’s face! The blooming romance between Lila and Teddy isn’t the only sweet aspect, but the friendship and family love in this book is very heartwarming. There’s no better word to describe this story than cozy. Tif Marcelo’s writing will make you remember why you love the holiday season so much!

If you’re in the mood for a quick weekend read then The Holiday Switch is perfect! It’s not only about the joy of Christmas but about learning to follow your dreams and how beautiful that can be.

A sweet, clean romance

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