Book Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O’Leary
Date Published: 16th April
ISBN 13: 978-1787474994
Book Type: Fiction
My Rating: 5/5
Blurb on the back of the book
Leena is too young to feel stuck
Eileen is too old to start over
Its 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 to 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 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 that she first though?
After reading The Flatshare i knew that i needed to read The switch. This is the most heartwarming story that i read in a long time.
Leena needs a break, as since the death of her sister Carla she has thrown herself into work to cope with the grief. So moving to Yorkshire seems like the perfect solution. Even though she has to leave behind her boyfriend Ethan. She takes over Eileen’s commitment in organising the May Day Festival and has to deal with all the stubborn OAPs that are not always receptive of her ideas. Village life is not easy as thats where her mum lives and the home in which her sister died. Life is not all bad as she gets friendly with Jackson the hunky local school teacher.
Eileen takes to living in London quickly and loves it. She joins a dating agency after becoming single when her husband left her for the dance teacher and soon gets back onto the dating scene. Eileen makes friends with all the residents in the block of flats especially Leena’s close friend Bee. Both Leena and Eileen soon settle into each others lives. Who knew swapping lives would be so much fun.
The ending to the story was lovely as Eileen Returned to Hamleigh and the tension between Leena and her mum Martha is all sorted. Leena has dumped Ethan and left London with Bee to set up their own business. Life is great for everyone.
I loved reading this book and i would highly recommend The Switch and The Flatshare to anyone