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?
Thank you to Quercus Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy – my thoughts are my own.
Having enjoyed reading The Flatshare recently, I was keen to read The Switch after reading the ‘blurb’.
This book was an excellent escape from the current global pandemic, I was quickly hooked by the story. Eileen was my favourite character and I think all our lives would benefit from an Eileen.
The story includes some heartbreak – the loss of a daughter, sister, granddaughter has affected Marian, Leena and Eileen and their family dynamics. The story explores how they need to take time to talk to each other.
This book is uplifting and enjoyable, full of great characters and events. Grab a copy and enjoy the adventures of Eileen.
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