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 L 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?
A Really Fun Read!
I’ve been Eileened!
Leena falls apart at the most inopportune moment and is given no choice but to take a two month sabbatical from her job; she heads to stay with her grandmother, Eileen, for a few days. Eileen, in turn, is feeling that live is passing her by and would like a bit of excitement and possible romance in her life but there’s a lack of eligible men in her small village. So Leena proposes a solution for them both; she can stay in Eileen’s cottage whilst Eileen heads off to live in Leena’s London flat. However, neither of them really understood what they were letting themselves in for . . .
After reading Beth O’Leary’s first novel, The Flatshare, I didn’t hesitate to take up the chance to read and review this second one. Entirely different, and so very entertaining! The characters are both warm, endearing and beautifully drawn – and that includes the wider cast, not just the two main ones. I just loved everything about this novel, and I want a wristband (read it, you’ll find out what I’m on about)! This is a well thought out and cleverly planned story; there is always something going on to keep the readers focus moving from one character to another with plenty of humour along the way. Yet again, I’ve had to explain to my OH what I’m giggling and laughing about at the strangest moments. A really fun read, absolutely perfect for these times of isolation, one which will lift every reader’s spirits. Worth every one of the five sparkling stars I’m very happy to give it and the highest recommendation to add this one to your list today!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: romantic comedy, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus
- Publication Date: 16 April 2020
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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 in reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
She is now writing novels full time, and if she’s not at her desk, you’ll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).