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Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

In need for a feel good book with all the chaos going on around us?

Look no further … The Switch by Beth O ‘ Leary has you covered! Although, it’s not out just yet, but it is available for pre-order now. Coming April 16th! Thank you to @QuercusBooks for my advance copy.

The story follows, grandmother Eileen, and granddaughter Leena, who ‘swap’ lives for a few months! 79 year old Eileen now finds herself living the London city life, and Leena, on a break from work, is now in a small rural town … very different to what she is used to!

It’s adorable, cute, and had such a feel good vibe about it. I really enjoyed the alternating point of view chapters between Eileen and Leena. Their personalities really came to life throughout the pages.

I fell in love O’Leary’s writing style in her first book, The Flat Share, and you’ll find the same easy flow, fun writing style in The Switch!

Such an uplifting book getting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me!


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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