Sunday, 29 August 2021

The Switch - Beth O' Leary

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Book: The Switch
Author: Beth O'Leary
Genres: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 21st January 2021

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 29th August 2021


Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
Maybe it’s time for The Switch…

Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire.

But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?


I picked this one up from my favourite bargain everything store - The Works - for just £2/3 for £5.

This starts with Leena fumbling through a sales pitch at work and her boss demanding she take some much needed time off - two months to be exact - so she can get back to being her usual self. Leena doesn't want time off, she'd rather work but decides to travel up to see her Grandma in her little picturesque Yorkshire village. Grandma Eileen has recently lost her husband to the dance instructor and is starting to feel a little lonely so she has compiled a list of the eligible men in her village - only she can't see herself with any of them. When Leena catches a look at the list, she's equally fascinated and horrified at the pros and cons and comes up with an idea: Why doesn't Eileen head to London and Leena will stay in the village?

This did take me a while to get into at the start but once I did, I was excited to see what both of the women would do in their respective locations. Leena was taking over Eileen's duties in Hamleigh and Eileen was trying to make Leena's London block of flats a bit more welcoming to group activities and get togethers while checking out the dating scene. It was fun.

I enjoyed seeing both women slowly sink into their new surroundings and find their place in their new community and doing what they could to make their mark. I grew to really like them both but Eileen was definitely my favourite of the two.

This isn't my usual read, really, but I did truly enjoy this book. It's a romance but with family drama and a small village community who know everyone else's business.

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