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
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
And this comes out when???
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#gifted: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review!
When I requested an ARC of The Switch I thought it had the potential to be brilliant or a total disaster... I loved the author's first book and I was happy to find here some the things that I enjoyed so much in The Flatshare. Mixing a heavily emotional story with lighter and often funny topics is a good choice here, and I think both are done skilfully. My problem is that at some point the lighter topics ...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 – I’m looking at you @bringmybooks ) waiting to get your hands on a copy of Beth’s 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 ...more
29 year old Leena Cotton, a project manager, lives in London with boyfriend Ethan. Her 79 year old grandma, Eileen Cotton, lives in the Yorkshire Dales, in the fictional village of Hamleigh-in-Harksdale. Following the death of beloved sister, Carla and mistakes ...more
My library book club were lucky enough to receive her first book, 'The Flat Share' for free to review on the radio and so I was excited to read this book through Netgalley as I was in the mood for an uplifting book. Of the two, I think that I preferred this novel as I love the idea of 'The Switch', with a grandmother and granddaughter swapping lives for eight ...more
The Switch made me cry, just a little. Once, in a scene between mother and daughter, shouting at each other, furious with grief. And then again, at the end, a tender moment, a quiet ending.
I stayed up too late to finish all 300 and something pages of The Switch in one day- as soon as I knew I could read it, I felt I had to. Beth O’Leary, to me, is an ...more
The Switch, takes you on a witty and uplifting journey between London and Yorkshire as Leena Cotton is forced to take a sabbatical due to making a big mistake at work. She decides to switch places with her grandmother, Eileen, who wishes to fulful her dream of living in London after her husband has recently left her.
The 2 month adventure has lots of postives for both Leena and Elieen and ultimately allow them both to see the imortant things ...more
For majority of this book, literally nothing happens. Leena basically goes to village meetings, and deals with the villages and family drama, while Eileen’s in the city talking to men off a dating website.
I was expecting a lot more romance in this, but ...more
Won't lie, post The Flatshare, I was expecting a contemporary romance along similar lines, and equally fun, if not more. This one is different and honestly quite fresh.
It's not really a romance, although it's a part of this book, but more about relationships with people - the ones around us as well as the ones in our family. There's a quirkiness in Beth O'Leary's writing and despite having read only one ...more
I adored Beth O'Leary's first book, The Flatshare, since it was original and entertaining, so I was super hyped to read The Switch. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed, as it was very predictable, slow and both main characters were awful.
For majority of this book, literally nothing happens. Leena basically goes to village meetings, and deals with village and family drama, while Eileen’s in the city talking to men off a dating website.
I was expecting a lot more romance in this, but ...more
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Edit 8/12/19 - Full Review Has Arrived!!
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May, for me, is Chick Lit/Rom Com month. It's the one month of the year that I go nutso for some good fun Romance novels and try to devour as many as possible. One title I came across was Beth O'Leary's debut novel, the Flatshare. It was adorable and heartfelt and everything I could want in a very English Rom Com. It was the absolute contender for my "Cutest Book of 2019" and unlikely to ...more
A year after the loss of Leena's beloved sister, Carla, to cancer, the three generations of Cotton family women are still grieving and seem to be ...more
Usually when I get a book on NetGalley, I try to read it close to the release date, so I can remember and talk about it when it comes out. But I just couldn’t resist. I wanted so desperately to jump back into Beth O’Leary’s writing and, let’s be honest, of course I’ll read it again in April.
The Switch tells the story of Leena and Eileen, a granddaughter-grandmother pair, who switch lives for two months for a bit of a shakeup to ...more
The Switch is a beautifully written story about two women, grandmother Eileen and granddaughter Leena (a nickname for Eileen), who are both stuck in their lives after the death of Carla, Leena's sister. After Leena is sent on a forced sabbatical by her boss, they decide to switch ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Flatshare like several other readers and have not yet found a noteworthy romantic fiction till date. And she has done it again with this book, although it's nothing like her previous novel. She has managed to create unforgettable lovely characters in her book that could become your new ...more
The story of a grandmother and granddaughter, Eileen and Leena, who swap homes for 8 weeks and navigate aspects of each others lives while they try and re-find themselves, it is a story of family, grief, friendships and relationships that draws you in, ...more
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC for this book.
"Men. They always bloody let you down, don't they?"
Well, that was such a lovely, feel-good read! It seems like a sweet book at first, but when you actually start reading, there's so many layers of important theme's that the author deals with, that it's so much more than a feel-good book. Grief, abuse, adultery, loneliness, it's all in there, and it's done so brilliantly.
I really liked the concept of ...more
I am such a big fan of Beth O'Leary's ...more
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).