Today is day 3 of my 12 days of Blogmas!
Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
Maybe it’s time for The Switch…
Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire.
But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?
TW/CW: Loss of family member, Cancer, Grief, Cheating
This took me a little bit to get into (mainly because uni is chaotic) but I was super invested in both the characters from the start! I loved the dual perspective, it was a nice contrast, especially having young and old protagonists. I loved Eileen and Lena, both were great characters with great character development and story arcs.
The best way to describe this book is probably wholesome. It’s so sweet and adorable. It has humour, friendships and relationships, all written so so well. I literally loved every character and the side characters were equally as a enjoyable as the main.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a romance novel though, it has romance in it but it’s not the central plot. It focuses mainly on family relationships and friendships with some dating thrown in there, the romance comes mainly towards the end. This book is kind of women’s fiction rather than romance.
I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Flatshare, but still thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I felt more hooked and invested when reading The Flatshare. This wasn’t quite as gripping but the writing style is still really lovely to read. It’s laugh out loud funny, it’s sweet and emotional in place. The ending had me a little emosh.
As with The Flatshare, it deals with some heavier topics. The Switch deals with grief amazingly well. The author perfectly balances the heavy topics with lightness but in a respectful way. It’s not brushed over or underdeveloped at all. The grief was very realistic and relatable. This could be a potential trigger for some people.
I also listened to some of this on audiobook – the narrators are really good and engaging. I almost enjoyed it more than actually reading it. I switched back and forth and I loved both. If you’re looking for a new audiobook, then I highly recommend listening to this!
I cannot wait for Beth O’Leary’s next book. It’s safe to say she is now an auto-buy author for me. I love her writing and her humour is right up my alley. Her books are such a joy to read, if you’re looking for something to cheer you up, pick up The Switch.
Rating: 4 Stars
*Audiobook provided by Libro.fm in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the physical copy for myself.