The Switch – Book review
Author: Beth O’Leary
Release Date: April 16th 2020
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?
With this book, Beth O’Leary has become a auto-buy/read author for me. Going into this book, I could not possibly think it would top the author’s debut, The Flatshare which I completely and utterly adored. Guess what though? It did because this is probably my new favourite by her.
The book follows two main characters. 79 year old Eileen Cotton’s husband, Wade has recently left her and now she is in search for a second chance at love, sex and adventure. Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month holiday after blowing a big presentation at work. When Leena visits her grandmother in Yorkshire and finds out about her Grandmother’s predicament, she proposes a swap. They swap lives and switch homes, Eileen goes to London for a chance to find love and Leena looks after everything in her grandmother’s life.
We all honestly need an Eileen in our lives. This book made me wish I had a grandmother who lived in the countryside. I felt an immediate connection to both characters and I was at the edge of my seat with every page I turned as I became completely engrossed in their swapped lives, anticipating and giddy about what will happen next!
Funny, quirky yet emotionally stimulating. There was something very reminiscing about this story. It made me realise how fun elderly people can be and made me really miss my grandma. ( She passed away 12 years ago and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t missed her).
This book warmed my heart. It gave me chills and made me giggle. I was giggling so hard, laughing, swooning and crying. There is something incredible about the author’s writing that had me in its grips, not letting me put the book down. I was completely lost in this book and it was the best feeling! Even when it became way past my bed time and every time I tried to get up and I say, wait just one more chapter, I found myself finished and a little sad that the story of the Eileens was over.
The story was light and funny but there was also real life problems that the characters dealt with. It made the book more real and genuine. This book was about healing, discovering new things, finding yourself and forgiveness.There was also a swoon worthy slow burn romance and honestly Jackson, I am in love with him!
This book helps to bridge a generation gap evident in this days society. It shows that the two generations are actually in need of one another in a form of a natural symbiosis. This is a brilliant and epic read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and in fact it was very uplifting in such unprecedented times. This book is out TODAY so grab your copy because it is not one to be missed!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.