Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 8th, 2020
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an early edition of the audiobook for this title to review. All opinions are my own.
“A grandmother and granddaughter swap lives in The Switch, a charming, romantic novel by Beth O’Leary, who has been hailed as “the new Jojo Moyes” (Cosmopolitan UK)…
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 long-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.
So they decide to try a two-month swap.
Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects.
But stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find true love? In Beth O’Leary’s The Switch, it’s never too late to change everything….or to find yourself.” (Goodreads)
After enjoying this author’s first book last year, I knew I wanted to read this one. Since NetGalley now has audiobooks, I was able to get it from there and listen to it early. Although it didn’t hit me in the feels like The Flatshare, I still liked my overall experience with this one.
This book is split into two point-of-views. For the audiobook, there is two different narrators which I really enjoyed! Especially since one of the point-of-views was Leena’s Grandmother. If it wasn’t for the two different narrators it would probably be harder to distinguish the two, ha.
Out of the two main characters, I liked Eileen the most. She is trying to find her groove after her husband left her. It would be hard at that age to get out of your comfort zone. Props to her for trying new things!
Leena is definitely still going through a lot when it comes to her family after her sister’s death. It’s understandable.I’m not really sure why I didn’t care for her. I wouldn’t really say there is anything wrong with her. I think that she was very hard on her mother but at least they work it out in the end. Family is very important and it does play a big role in this book.
The plot focuses more on the characters and their development vs. the romance aspect. Eileen has more romance going on in her life than Leena and Leena doesn’t get much happy romance until the end of the book. I do wish there would have been more when it came to the romantic relationships.
At times the plot also felt a bit slow to me. This could just be because of the content. I did really like how the two switched places. It reminded me of a lot of movies I enjoy where that is the whole beginning.
Another cool feature about the audiobook narration is that when they would call someone they made it sound like an actual telephone call. It was a nice detail!
Overall, it was still a good book just not really what I was expecting and lacked that connection or feelings like I had from this author’s first book. I think it is more a case of its me and not the book because this author is a fantastic writer.