Review: The Switch
Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O'leary
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another's shoes proves 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 neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?
My Review: I loved the flatshare so I was super excited to read this one! While I did enjoy this one, I didn't love it quite as much. This one is much more about self discovery and family, with romance as a side story. That was fine with me but I felt like this one was missing a little of the quirkyness that I adored from Flatshare. This story is a bit slow, very character driven and has a whole lot of heart. It's a great feel good story with some entertaining moments but overall I just didn't love it as much as I had hoped. I am still looking foward to the authors next book though!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*