The Switch is a complete joy; charming and heartwarming!
Beth O’Leary has solidified herself as an auto-buy author for me with her beautiful stories full of wit and whimsy and eliciting so much emotion. I went into this book hoping that I’d enjoy it as much as her previous one, The Flatshare, and it hit the mark!
The premise of The Switch is a lot of fun and really refreshing. The story is told in the dual POVs of Leena and Eileen; a hard working, career driven Londoner and her spunky, single, small town grandmother. I absolutely loved both points of view and seeing how each character found more of themselves through their swap.
One of the things I appreciated most were the connections each character made with each others’ friends. Watching those friendships grow completely warmed my heart!
The narration for this audiobook is perfection! I felt like the voices of Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones were really well-suited for their characters, helping to evoke more emotion as I listened.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Switch and highly recommend the audiobook, as well. Beth O’Leary has a gift, and I cannot wait for her next release.
*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. This did not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…
When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.
Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.
Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?
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