Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Adult > Women’s Fiction
Published: April 16, 2020
Format Read: Audiobook via Netgalley Shelf
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?
About The Author
Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).
A Case Of It’s Not You, It’s Me
The Switch by Beth O Leary is my first venture towards the wonderful world of the Netgalley Shelf App and Audiobook ARCs. I was excited to grab this book because I’ve heard a lot of good things about her first book! Admittedly, though, I haven’t read that yet.
Unfortunately, though, for The Switch, I was not able to get the story I was expecting.
The book revolved around Leena, in her 20s, and her grandmother, Eileen. Both were experiencing some need for a break/something new so they switched their home setups. Eileen moved to the bustling city and Leena moved to the quiet village.
I have soft spot for grandmothers in books because I miss mine a lot. Its been a decade since we lost her, and reading books with grandmas make me remember our moments together…
However, my love for Eileen is overpowered with how Leena frustrated me. For someone in her 20s, her immaturity annoyed me a lot.
The writing style is very reminiscent to other British women’s fiction I’ve read. The story itself was very character-driven.. and that had harmed my appreciation of the book. I was bored for lots of its parts, but I do commend the little good moments scattered within.
All in all, I think this is a good book. It has the potential to be a favorite among many readers. It just so happened that we weren’t that good of a match. I’ll try checking out the Flat Share to see if that would’ve been a better choice.
Final Thoughts: Perhaps, a second chance in the future!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Other Main Character: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐