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
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My review of The Flatshare
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
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
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
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???
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
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#gifted: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review! ...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
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
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
Switching lives at first fills them both with dread and guilt of leaving each others friends and responsibilities behind them. After time they both adapt to their new lives and make new friendships and revelations along the way.
As she ...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
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 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 Eileens in the city talking to men off a dating website.
I was expecting a lot more romance in this, but ...more
TW: Loss of a sister/daughter/granddaughter, cancer, cheating.
After The Flatshare being one of my favourite books of 2019, I was so incredibly happy to be gifted an arc of The Switch and it did not let me down.
Reading The Switch was like coming home to a cup of tea, cosy clothes and curling up under a duvet: incredibly warm and inviting. Beth O'Leary had an amazing way of making you love characters before you barely know them and the idea of the Grandmother Eileen and Granddaughter Leena ...more
O'Leary writes such incredible characters, that I feel as though I could pop round and have a brew with any one of them. Her books, especially the note they end on, make me feel so uplifted, fuzzy and hopeful and I'd bottle that feeling if I could!
We follow grandmother and granddaughter duo, Eileen and Leena, as they both realise they're stuck in life ruts for various reasons. After a workplace disaster on Leena's part, the pair decide to switch lives for two months: Eileen ...more
Youll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).