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
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 ...more
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 ...more
The world is light and charming and I particularly loved getting Eileen's POV in this. It really kept the pages moving for me because I couldn't decide who I liked best, Leena or her grandmother, and I wanted to keep reading to get to their next chapters.
This is ...more
The Flatshare was one of my favourite books last year. At the time of reading, I was working abroad, and OLearys rom-com was the perfect book to alleviate my sky-high anxiety and homesickness. So, having delighted in The Flatshare, The Switch was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020.
Reader, I loved every second.
In London, 29-year-old Leena Cotton is mentally and physically exhausted ...more
A large part of the narrative addresses grief and how it can affect every aspect of your life. I loved the idea of the two ...more
Beth O'Leary's second novel has two protagonists: Eileen and Leena, a grandmother and granddaughter, who decided to swap houses since both of them are going through a rough patch. Eileen was just left by her husband who decided to live with a younger dance teacher and Leena was forced into some vacation, because she has not been dealing well with work's pressure after her sister's death.
First of all, I have ...more
And this comes out when???
Leena Cotton is a Senior consultant for Selmont Consulting in London. When she has a panic attack at a presentation. She has been fumbling through her work and life as a year ago, her sister died, and she still hasnt got over the pain of her death. She is told that she needs to take 2 months annual leave and she doesnt want to leave and leave her boyfriend Ethan who she works with. But her ...more
However, The Switch didn't really hit the mark for me. The story of a Grandmother and Grandaughter switching lives (albeit partially), swapping houses and towns was just a bit too ridiculous to believe. I couldn't warm to the main characters and the supporting cast were really clones of those endured in the scores of ...more
Both Cotton ladies represent identity loss. Eileen has woke up from her life of complacency that comes with living through habit, and realised she wants an adventure to ...more
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#gifted: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review! ...more
I am offering this super mini review to entice you all because I KNOW a lot of you are patiently (okay, not so patiently Im looking at you @bringmybooks ) waiting to get your hands on a copy of Beths new book and let me tell you something - it will be worth the wait.
I did not think that she would be able to top the incredible premise that was The Flat Share, but this book is ...more
Hamleigh-in-Harkdale is my new must visit literary town - it felt like a Stars Hollow kind of place and I couldn't stop laughing as all the different personalities came together and just created endless nightmares ...more
This was the easiest 5 stars Ive ever awarded to a book and there was no way this would be getting any less. Ill be writing up a review soon to let you know my thoughts! ...more
And now, THIS. BOOK. Well, Beth has only went and bloody done it again hasnt she! What a queen of contemporaries honestly. As soon as I read the first page of Eileens first chapter I was in love with her. Shes just such a funny, strong and sassy character and I love how I forgot about her age a lot throughout the book. I didnt see her as the wee poor old ...more
Eileen is exactly the sort of woman who just IS a Grandmother, or a Nan. She's strong to ...more
The beginning was a little slow for me and i feel like the characters took a while to become solid. They were kind of 2D in the beginning but after the midpoint and onward it was absolutely amazing. I just have to say that i got so attached to all the characters especially the grandma and Jackson and Bee, and just generally most of them are so lovable and you just want to protect them under your wing because they are precious but at the same time ...more
I loved this book! It pulled me in from the start!
Eileen Cotton is a fiesty but amazing older lady who is the matriarch of not only her family but also her local community.
She is a force to be reckoned with for certain but she has a heart of gold and an answer for everything!
Her grand daughter Leena is the opposite.. She hurries about whilst all the time having her head buried in the sand.
Leena's sister Carla died of cancer ...more
This is just more of the cosy, funny, emotive and feel good fiction that we had from The Flatshare, this time with a Grandaughter and her Grandmother, trading places and lives for 2 months to see what they can learn and get out of a change of pace and people. Firstly i just loved the ...more
I became so emotionally invested in the characters in this book and was honestly gutted when I had reached the end, as I honestly found myself unable to put it down! Beth O ...more
Youll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).