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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  18,468 ratings  ·  3,894 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2020 by Quercus
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Beth O'Leary proves that her brilliant debut The Flatshire was no fluke with this smashing follow up, the perfect reading material for our anxious and self isolated times. 79 year old Eileen Cotton's husband, Wade has recently left her for a dance instructor, and for the tree climbing Eileen, she is far from addled, she is searching for sex, love and another man. Living in the Yorkshire Dales and the tiny village of Hamleigh-in-Harksdale, there are slim pickings, as Eileen reflects on how she ha ...more
this is exactly the kind of wholesome, endearing, and sweet content everyone needs in their lives right now.

so it makes me so sad that i didnt love this as much as i wanted to, but its definitely not the books fault. i just wasnt in the mood for such a slow, character driven novel.

the entire story is explained in the synopsis - nothing new is given to the reader, everything that happens is mentioned in the blurb. so there really wasnt anything for me to look forward to in terms of plot because
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I absolutely loved the authors debut The Flatshare. I remember gobbling that book up in a day. While The Switch had the same easy and effortless-to-read writing — I never felt the same enthusiasm while reading this. Maybe it was just me though.

What came as a nice surprise was how much I preferred the older characters in this book to the younger ones! I found them hilarious and charming. Eileen especially was a favourite. She was just such a joy of a character!!

These people. There’s such a f
From this day forward, I should only read about elderly people.

Yes, I am only 22, and no, I do not enjoy the real-life opinions or habits of our society’s most aged individuals, but I am tired of the antics of young people.

This book, for example, follows a grandma/grandkid duo who swap lives, and I ran out of energy for the younger half of the cast on approximately page 7. Which is unfortunate, because Leena (the aforementioned grandkid, who is actually a grown woman in her 20s) being extremely
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Switch by Beth O'Leary, narrated by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman, is my second audio book by Macmillan Audio via NetGalley Shelf. My first book was glitchy so I wanted to give this method another try and this time the book worked perfectly. What a joyful treat this one was, very cute and heartwarming, which are things I normally don't get to say because of the type of books that I usually choose. 

Grandmother Eileen switches locations for two months, with her granddaughter, Leena. Le
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can I compare this book to my cat? I want to because both are warm, cuddly, and super adorable.
I decided to read this specifically because I wanted a simple, feel-good story and it was perfect for that.

I really enjoyed Leena's half of the book. She's fun and feisty. And I thought the author did a great job portraying her grief over her sister and anger at her mother in a positive and endearing way. It also gave the book more depth than I was expecting.

I also liked Eileen, and appreciate the q
Emer (A Little Haze)
Last year (Jan 2019) I had the good fortune of reading Beth O'Leary's debut novel, The Flatshare, as an ARC from NetGalley and it was a book that really gave me great hope in her abilities as a writer because she managed to find a fresh and unique spin on the romantic dramedy genre of fiction...

And with this new novel The Switch she has once again shown that she is a brilliant storyteller in this area.

I loved this book.

Utterly loved it.

It gave me all the feels I could ever have hoped for and
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
After falling head over heels for The Flatshare last year, this was quite possibly my most anticipated book of 2020. I am so, so happy to report that this completely lived up to my expectations and that I absolutely adored it. Beth O'Leary has a way of writing characters that feel so completely REAL and true to life and I think I can now confidently call her a favorite author. My only real complaint about this one is that I feel like the romantic relationships weren't quite as flushed out as ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's only fitting that I review this wholesome and heart-warming love letter to Yorkshire on actual Yorkshire day, whilst drinking a cup of Yorkshire tea!

Eileen is 79 and wants a change, and to start dating again,
Leena needs a break, she's tired, stressed and grieving,
So they decide to swap lives for two months!
Will a change of scenery help the two women?

The Switch was just what I needed! It was like having a cuppa with an old friend! The plot was nothing new (hello 'The Holiday') but this charm
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is delightful, heartwarming, poignant, beautiful novel with different likable narrators/heroines: grandma and granddaughter.

I have to admit: I wasn’t a great fan of Flatshare. It was good written story, both in my opinion the characters and the progression of their romantic involvement failed me during my reading. So I have second thoughts when I decided to try another novel of the same author but surprisingly this book worked so much better for me because its genre is a women’s fiction an
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4 stars

Fun fact; somewhere in my stone cold heart, I have a tiny soft spot for grandmas. I don’t know why but I just really enjoy their company. I won’t swoon over babies but whenever I see a nice old grandma I grew ridiculously soft. Let me tell you, grandmas are the best company you could ever have!

Now the reason I’m mentioning that is because I truly adored Eileen (the 79 years old grandma) I adored her character and her charming personality. Her chapters were a delight to read and I truly w
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

This is a contemporary fiction novel about a grandmother and granddaughter who switch their lives and their homes for 2 months. This was an audiobook and I really enjoyed the narrators. They captured what I felt was the tone and feeling of the book.

Leena lives in London and has been working so intensely that she finally has a panic attack during a major presentation. She is “ordered” to take a 2 month paid vacation. Problem is, Leena doesn’t know where to go. She final
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update August 2020: I'm going to listen to the audiobook, and I already know I'll LOVE it 💕

Update September 2020: I finally finished the audiobook, I had some minor issues with the audiobook, but the story managed to pull me in.


Now, after finishing The Switch, I know why I loved The Flatshare so much. It’s the writing, not just the story that speaks to me.

the writing
For me The Switch really shows off the author’s writing style. Besides an engaging and charming
I loved EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of this delightful audio book, narrated by Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones of Hulu's "Normal People"!

The Flat Share was a 5?? book for me last year, so, I have been eager to read (or listen to) this latest offering by Beth O’Leary, and it did not disappoint!

In fact..I enjoyed it even more!

29 year old Leena Cotton has just been ordered to take a 2 month Sabbatical from work.

Her Grandmother, 79 years young Eileen, would like a second chance at love but she has kno
A true gem! Beth O’Leary brightened my day and lifted my mood with this charming tale. Uplit at its absolute best! Leena is a type a workaholic who suffers a panic attack at work one day while giving a presentation. Forced into a two month sabbatical by her boss Leena heads to her grandmother’s house. Eileen it’s 79 and spunky, recently left by her husband for a dance instructor. Leena needs to relax and regroup. Eileen wants to find love, but the pickings in her small town are few. SO grandmoth ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a romance book. I listen to the audiobook of this book, and I have to say I like to listen to my audiobooks at a faster then normal speed. There was two narrators (Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones) for this book. I have to say I love the narrator that did Eileen's (The Grandmother) parts, but the narrator that did Leena's (The grand-daughter's) parts I did not love or hate. The story was so fun or good. I loved the characters, and they have so much personally. I was kindly provided ...more
Michael David
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful story that hits the salient points of a “switched” storyline.

Eileen and Leena (grandmother and granddaughter) decide to swap homes for two months. Eileen will leave all of her duties and try to find love three hours away. Leena (on LOA from her job) will try to enjoy the freedom of not having a job, and take up the “jobs” her grandmother left for her.

This story has some of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever read about, and it’s a real treat to read. There are many readers
Sheyla ✎

What an adorable book! Just loved it.

We have two very different (maybe not) women, a grandmother, Eileen and her granddaughter, Leena needing a change.

Leena's sister, Carla passed away from cancer a few months back. This has left Leena feeling a terrible loss, her grief is consuming her and she is struggling at work. After having a panic attack during one of her presentations to a big client, her boss tells her to take two months off to relax.

Leena decides to visit the town her grandmother
Larry H
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Could The Switch feel any more like a giant hug?

Leena is falling apart. It’s been happening for a while, ever since her sister died, although she’s been able to press on. But when she blows a big presentation at work, her boss forces her to take a two-month sabbatical.

Her grandmother Eileen is trying to move on after her unfaithful husband left her, but dating at 79 isn’t easy, especially in her tiny Yorkshire village of Hamleigh-in-Harksdale. (She knows all of the men
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill by: Jayme
Shelves: netgalley
Very cute! My first audio book...ever! I must say I did hesitate for a hot second because I wasn't sure if I would like an audio book. Everyone kept saying how amazing this one was and I must agree. It did take me a bit of getting used to at first but once I did...I loved it!

What was not to like about this book?! The Switch..guess what it is about? Yesss! You are right, it is the classic switch. Except this time, it is totally charming, sweet and entertaining. Leena has struggled with the death
sarah xoxo
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
in 5 words:
a pure and utter delight

in decidedly more than 5 words:

"Grandma... what if we swapped? What if I came up and looked after all your projects and you had my flat in Shoreditch and I stayed here?"

the Switch follows 29 year old Leena and 79 year old Eilleen, who after a botched presentation at work and a wish to try something new, decide to swap lives. Overachiever and constant do-er, Leena gets the chance to slow down and enjoy country life, and Eileen is thrown into the bustling life o
Katie B
3.25 stars

I wanted to love this one but it just wasn’t an awesome read for me. Nothing significantly wrong with the story, but I just didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. And since I really enjoyed the authors previous book, I do feel somewhat disappointed this one didn’t quite work out for me. It still was a decent book though so it's not like I regret reading it.

Leena Cotton messes up a big presentation and is asked to take a 2 month break from work to hopefully re
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


The Switch is Beth O’Leary’s sophomore novel and one I’ve been looking forward to. ‘The Flatshare’ was one of my favorite books last year so I had really high expectations for this. Though I didn’t love it quite as much as O’Leary’s debut, it was still a strong 4 star read that didn’t disappoint! 

Eileen is an almost 80 year old grandma from a small town, and her granddaughter Leena is a twenty something from London. After Leena is forced to take an extended break from work and Eile
may ❀
So. this wasn't as good as the flatshare 😔💫

i'm kind of disappointed but at the same time, not?? This wasn't a bad book by any means, it had some really cute moment but I just felt like it was majorly underdeveloped.

The story follows twenty-something-year-old leena and her seventy-nine year old grandmother, eileen. Both of them need a change and so they switch lives for 2 months. hardworking, over-achieving Leena needs a break and feisty Eileen is looking for adventure.

The things I liked ab
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Can you say adorable? I received an advanced listener's copy (ALC) from and I was so excited to listen to this. I really enjoyed The Flatshare and was excited to read about two women who swap lives!

When I started this, I was wary reading the perspective of a 79-year-old woman and a 28-year-old woman. I knew this was going to be more women's fiction than romance (which is definitely was), but I absolutely loved both perspectives! I loved how Leena and Eileen decided to swap lives because
Simply Gorgeous and Uplifting!

Last year I gushed over The Flatshare, well in my opinion Beth O'Leary has exceeded my expectations even more with The Switch, and believe me I'm going to be spending the remainder of the year (and longer) raving about this beautiful, heartwarming book, and recommending it to every reader I encounter.

When wound tight, workaholic Leena Cotton experiences a panic attack during a big presentation her company orders her to take two months leave. Dreading the endless tim
Mandy White
Oh I loved it so much!!! I have so much LOVE for this book! After reading The Flat Share last year, The Switch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and I certainly was not disappointed. It is a beautiful story, with lovely characters and settings and I really couldn't get enough.

Now you might think that a swap between a 29 year old and a 79 year old is ridiculous - but you have not met Eileen. She is a newly single women, since he husband walked out on her, and she lives with her cats A
Elyse  Walters
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Library overdrive...
narrator: Alison Steadman, Daisy Edgar-Jones

A two month paid vacation doesn’t exactly sound like torture.....

When we first meet Leena Cotton, she was about to make a presentation at work....
......after a panic attack in front of everyone....
....her boss demanded Leena take a two month sabbatical.
It’s the last thing a workaholic wants to do....
but kicking and whining didn’t change Leena’s boss’s mind.

We learned that Leena’s sister recently passed away of cancer
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Switch by Beth O'Leary was my first book by this author and my expectations were HIGH but unfortunately I was a little disappointed. The beginning started off strong but as it went on, it began to drag along and nothing really happens. A lot of detail about basically.. nothing. I am happy with the ending at least, everything wraps up nicely. It's just everything in between was so BOOOORING. I do think that important topics were discussed such as grief, family, and relationships. I really lik ...more
Management consultant Leena Cotton has reached a breaking point. It’s been almost a year since her sister Carla died and she’s lost her focus. It took a meltdown during an important presentation for her to take a two-month sabbatical, forced upon her by her company. Her beloved grandmother Eileen invites her to leave London and return to her hometown for a respite and repair her broken relationship with her mother. Once there, Leena helps the recently divorced Eileen set up a dating site profile ...more
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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).

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