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Fiction Holiday

All I Want for Christmas

by (author) Maggie Knox

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Holiday, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Women
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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“Unbelievably fun. All I Want for Christmas left me singing, and swooning, with holiday feels.” Jean Meltzer, author of The Matzah Ball
A pitch-perfect holiday rom com about two oil-and-water reality-star country singers who must fake a relationship in order to win the opportunity of a lifetime, perfect for fans of Sally Thorne's The Hating Game and Christina Lauren's In a Holidaze.

True love wasn't on their holiday wish list.

When Sadie and Max are selected as contestants on the famed reality singing show Starmaker, each thinks they’ve finally gotten their big Nashville break. But then they’re paired up for duet week and stun the world with their romantic onstage chemistry. With fans going wild for #Saxie, the network demands that they remain a duo on and offstage, or exit the competition. Faking a relationship until their final performance in the Starmaker holiday special shouldn't be too hard, except for one small problem—Sadie and Max can’t stand each other.

But with their dreams just within reach, they agree to the ruse. Will their fake relationship be exposed before they can win? Or will an unexpected trip to Banff spark real feelings by the Christmas finale?

About the author

Contributor Notes

MAGGIE KNOX is the pen name for bestselling Canadian writing duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. Brown is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of five novels, including the #1 national bestseller Recipe for a Perfect Wife, as well as the non-fiction bestseller The 4% Fix: How one hour can change your life. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Self, Redbook, Today’s Parent, and Chatelaine. She lives just outside Toronto with her family and a labradoodle named Fred. Stapley is a former magazine editor and New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick Lucky, as well as international bestsellers Mating for Life, Things to Do When It’s Raining, and The Last Resort. Many of her novels have been optioned for television and her journalism has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Today’s Parent, and Reader’s Digest. She lives in Toronto with her family and a pre­cocious black cat named Oscar.

Editorial Reviews

Globe and Mail bestseller
Toronto Star bestseller
Praise for All I Want for Christmas
One of:
CBC’s “14 Canadian books to get the romantic this holiday season”
BuzzFeed's "16 Delightful Holiday Romances That Will Make You Feel Merry And Bright"
CBC’s “65 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in fall 2022”
Country Living’s "22 Best Christmas Romance Books this Holiday Season"
POPSUGAR's "Make the Season Merry With 2022's Best New Holiday Romance Books"
Toronto Star's "26 books for the readers on your gift list"
Ottawa at Home’s Editor-in-Chief’s “Must Reads”
"Unbelievably fun. All I Want for Christmas left me singing, and swooning, with holiday feels."
Jean Meltzer, author of The Matzah Ball
Praise for The Holiday Swap
“An utterly adorable, pitch-perfect romance with just the right amount of Christmas cheer. The Holiday Swap is a pure delight, I couldn’t stop from smiling.”
Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six
“Holiday romance fun, times two! . . . This adorable romance is the perfect countdown to Christmas. Full of sisterly love, big city and small-town hijinks, two love stories, and descriptions so delicious you’ll practically smell the gingerbread. The Holiday Swap is the perfect addition to your holiday romance shelf.”
Christina Lauren, author of The Unhoneymooners and In a Holidaze

“I love this book! It is deliciously fun and wildly romantic, and the dual settings of a baking show set in LA and a family-run bakery in a small snowy town feels like Great British Bakeoff meets Gilmore Girls.… I wanted to befriend the twins, throttle the villains, fall in love with the heroes—and bake up some sourdough.”
Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of The Gown
"This is just what I was looking for: a light but sophisticated romance, a much-needed escape. When a baking reality show co-host competing for a promotion and her also-culinary-minded twin swap places, hilarious (and more serious) events transpire."
—Deborah Leiderman, The New York Times

“It’s double the treats and double the trouble as twins swap holidays and dramas in this delightful yuletide romance from Knox…There’s both tenderness and comedy as the sisters rediscover their priorities and sibling bond while hilariously struggling to draw the line between their roles and reality. This light romantic romp is delicious fun, perfect for rom-com fans in need of some Christmas cheer.”
Publishers Weekly

"[T]his is smart women’s fiction with an unabashedly festive theme. A book to curl up with during the holidays."
Toronto Star

“This debut from Maggie Knox about twins who swap places for 12 days at Christmas is twice the fun, double the trouble and all the feels. Warm cozy bakeries, cold snowy nights, holiday traditions and two-TWO!-romances to steal my heart—what’s not to love? The smart, quick-paced writing, witty dialogue and swoon-worthy date scenes had me up all night, turning the pages to see what would happen next. I absolutely adored this book—and I can’t wait for more rom-coms from Maggie Knox!”
Chantel Guertin, bestselling author of Instamom

“The cheery romcom has a premise worthy of a Netflix movie.”

“Every bit as warm and cozy as a Hallmark Christmas movie."

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