“It’s easy to forget, when you’re missing someone, that they’re more than just the person you remember: they have sides to themselves they only show when other people are around.”
Thank you to Flatiron Books for gifting me a copy of The Switch by Beth O’Leary!
“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?”
Do you know what movie I love? The Holiday. Everything about that movie was perfection. I loved the idea of trading homes with someone, my age, in a different country. So, I knew when I saw the synopsis for THE SWITCH that it had to her a story I would love. But, y’all, I was NOT prepared for just how much I would love this book. I fell head-over-heels in love with Leena and her grandmother Eileen. I was terrified while reading this that something would happen to Eileen and spoiler-alert, nothing happens to her. Thank God.
But, in all seriousness, I couldn’t put this book down. Eileen’s characters had me dissolving into a fit of giggles as I pictured my grandmother having this experience. And then there was Leena, who I related to on countless levels. Oh, and let’s talk about that heart-throb Jackson – I looked forward to his interactions with Leena because he was just perfection.
I had to force myself to put this book down so I could get things done around the house but thanks to LibroFM (use my code ‘BOOKENDLISTENS’ for 2for1 audiobooks), I purchased the audiobook so that I could continue to listen to the story as I got things done. The audiobook was amazing! I loved the narrators for Eileen and Leena as they did a phenomenal job encompassing the emotions of their characters.
I did not want this book to end and gave it five-stars. It made me laugh, cry, and thank my lucky stars that I have had the opportunity to cultivate my relationships with both my great-grandmother and my grandmother.
THE SWITCH will be published on August 18, 2020, but is available to pre-order now. I’m not kidding you all when I say that you must read this book and it will be one of my favorites for this year!