The Switch

Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

I heard so much about Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare online so when I saw that NetGalley was offering The Switch for review I immediately sent in a request to read it. So what did I think about this book? Read on to find out!

About The Book

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 her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile, Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbors and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend within the city, stepping into one another’s shoes prove more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbors, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Date Of Publication: 18th August 2020
Duration: 10 Hours, 11 Minutes
Format: Audiobook (Narrated by Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones)
Source: NetGalley

The Switch is my first audio book ARC that I received from NetGalley. They recently started offering audio books for review and I couldn’t believe my luck when I got the email saying I got the book!

The Switch tells us the story of Leena, a twenty-nine-year-old executive who was sent on a two-month sabbatical after suffering a panic attack at work, and Eileen a seventy-nine-year-old whose husband recently left her for another woman. The grandmother-granddaughter duo decides to swap places for two months and live each other’s lives for a bit. This is a story of overcoming grief, family bonding, and how three women find themselves again after tragedy strikes their lives.

A couple of pages into the book and I already knew that I was going to love it. The Switch is funny and light-hearted, it warms you like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. The plot is so entertaining and I found myself laughing in quite a few places. While I felt the story was a bit predictable (which is similar to all rom-com stories) that didn’t have any effect on the story, in fact, it only made it better because you tend to look forward to certain situations.

Book Review: The Switch by Beth O'Leary
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This book gave me some very serious “The Holiday” vibes, except instead of two women exchanging their lives, we have a grandmother and granddaughter. I loved how we see the stark contrast between the two generations. The elderly characters were my favorite in the whole book! It was refreshing to read a book where an elderly character played the main role.

Coming to the narration, both Alison Steadman (Eileen) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Leena) did an amazing job. I can listen to Alison Steadman recite a book for hours!

Final Thoughts

The Switch is a fast-paced and fun read. The book is perfect for those who love a little romance and some drama. Every character is lovable and you tend to feel for each and every one of them. Grandma Eileen is perfect and makes me wish she was my grandmother. While Leena and the other characters were great, Grandma Eileen stays in my mind. Beth O’Leary has written a wonderful book and I would recommend this to everybody!

About The Author

Beth O'Leary

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.

Liked my review? You can find the Ebook available for purchase on Amazon.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary”

  1. claire @ clairefy

    Glad that you liked this one! I’ve been reading more romance books lately and looking for recommendations, so I’ll definitely check this out 🙂
    claire @ clairefy

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