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The Switch this is exactly the kind of wholesome, endearing, and sweet content everyone needs in their lives right now so it makes me so sad that i didnt love this as much as i wanted to, but its definitely not the books fault i just wasnt in the mood for such a slow, character driven novel the entire story is explained in the synopsis nothing new is given to the reader, everything that happens is mentioned in the blurb so there really wasnt anything for me to look forward to in terms of plot because this is exactly the kind of wholesome, endearing, and sweet content everyone needs in their lives right now so it makes me so sad that i didnt love this as much as i wanted to, but its definitely not the books fault i just wasnt in the mood for such a slow, character driven novel the entire story is explained in the synopsis nothing new is given to the reader, everything that happens is mentioned in the blurb so there really wasnt anything for me to look forward to in terms of plot because i already knew how the story would play out thats not always a bad thing, especially if a reader is able to connect to the characters, but i definitely needfrom this i checked out here and there because there wasnt anything happening i almost felt bored, which is a shame because this has such an adorable message i think those who are enjoy unhurried stories, quaint english villages, and likeable characters who want what they deserve will really appreciate this 3.5 stars Last year Jan 2019 I had the good fortune of reading Beth O Leary s debut novel, The Flatshare, as an ARC from NetGalley and it was a book that really gave me great hope in her abilities as a writer because she managed to find a fresh and unique spin on the romantic dramedy genre of fictionAnd with this new novel The Switch she has once again shown that she is a brilliant storyteller in this area I loved this book Utterly loved it It gave me all the feels I could ever have hoped for and Last year Jan 2019 I had the good fortune of reading Beth O Leary s debut novel, The Flatshare, as an ARC from NetGalley and it was a book that really gave me great hope in her abilities as a writer because she managed to find a fresh and unique spin on the romantic dramedy genre of fictionAnd with this new novel The Switch she has once again shown that she is a brilliant storyteller in this area I loved this book Utterly loved it It gave me all the feels I could ever have hoped for and I genuinely squeaked with joy when I closed my kindle on the last page It s rare that a writer comes along that knows how to marry memorable characters with a warm, inviting storyline and that also knows how to sprinkle it with the right touch of both bittersweet emotion and romance But that s exactly what I got from The Switch.I completely lost myself in this book I giggled like a little schoolgirl, I brushed away delicate tears I just loved it Utter feel good central The premise follows a grandmother, Eileen Cotton and her granddaughter Leena who agree to swap lives for a number of months Seventy something year old Eileen needs to jazz up her life and find a new love after splitting from her difficult husband Wade So she comes to London and moves into her granddaughter Leena s flat complete with her flatmates Fitz and heavily pregnant Martha Leena s best friend Bee also becomes besties with Eileen and together with this cast of characters Eileen gets involved in the world of online dating, butimportantly, she brings the sense of community she had in her Yorkshire village to London and makes it her mission to bring together isolated older Londoners to form a little club of sorts This might sound a little like something you ve read before but honestly it s the characters that make this book In Eileen Cotton O Leary has created a most lively and charming character She has this wonderful sparkle and joie de vivre that practically bounces off the page and I was 100% invested in her storyline Definitely going to feature in my list of favourite fictional characters of 2020 for sure So while Eileen is off living in London her granddaughter Leena moves into her home in her small village in the Yorkshire Dales Leena is on an enforced sabbatical from her job and to help take her mind off this, her grandmother has left a long list of errands and activities that she needs to take part in Including walking local hottie Jackson s exuberant dog Hank, getting involved in the neighbourhood watch with the most wonderful array of eccentric pensioners including my fav Basil and Eileen s best friend Betsy, and helping to organise the annual village May Day celebrations But my fav interactions on Leena s side of the story were her getting to know grumpy Arthur next doorgosh I loved that crotchety old timer But the real emotional centre point of the story comes from the absence that Leena feels in her life due to the death of her sister Carla from cancer prior to the novel s start point The grief and anger that stems from this loss is what has driven Leena to burning the candle at both ends at work and has also put an enormous wedge into the relationship she has with her mother Marian who also lives in this Yorkshire village This in turn has deeply affected Eileen who hates to see her daughter and granddaughter not getting along Once or twice this part of the story bordered on a little too much melodrama but it also served to ground the novel and was the real measure of how far Leena had become a different person since her sister s illness and death And it was through this storyline that Leena experienced growth of character and ultimately gave this novel an incredibly satisfying endpoint.There were a lot of other plot lines running through the novel that made the whole storyline of these two women very entertaining, and kept me turning those pages as quickly as I could These other plot lines also imbued the book with a real sense of community as so many of the side characters were involved in theseminor storylines I thoroughly enjoyed this read and am rating it four and a half stars rounded up to five After this I really can t wait to read Beth O Leary s next novel She has 100% just become an auto buy author for me An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Quercus, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewForreviews and book related chat check out my blog From this day forward, I should only read about elderly people.Yes, I am only 22, and no, I do not enjoy the real life opinions or habits of our society s most aged individuals, but I am tired of the antics of young people.This book, for example, follows a grandma grandkid duo who swap lives, and I ran out of energy for the younger half of the cast on approximately page 7 Which is unfortunate, because Leena the aforementioned grandkid, who is actually a grown woman in her 20s being extremely From this day forward, I should only read about elderly people.Yes, I am only 22, and no, I do not enjoy the real life opinions or habits of our society s most aged individuals, but I am tired of the antics of young people.This book, for example, follows a grandma grandkid duo who swap lives, and I ran out of energy for the younger half of the cast on approximately page 7 Which is unfortunate, because Leena the aforementioned grandkid, who is actually a grown woman in her 20s being extremely stupid and trusting all the wrong people and then realizing 15 pages before the end that this is billed as a romance novel and she wasn t in love and would therefore have to mash her face into what seemed to me to be a random mananyway, all that nonsense took up waythan half of our page time.Tough for me, because this would have been at least 4 stars if it was even mostly about Eileen, a badass octogenarian finding herself and having casual sex in the big city Alas, I am doomed to a life of suffering.Plus there s only about a 9% chance I would have picked this up if that were the synopsis, so Upsides and downsides In conclusion, I loved Eileen but Leena s character arc was the bane of my existence and I would like to find one of those rubber sticky hand toys from my childhood that were extremely fun for all of 15 minutes before they lost their stickiness and got dusty and gross and hit her with it.Like SPOILERS, but view spoiler You re telling me she thinks her grandma made up seeing her boyfriend kiss another woman You re telling me she rejects her crush because she loves her boyfriend and only settles for the crush when she confirms that the boyfriend cheated on her hide spoiler Unsubscribe.And that s not even the only annoying thing about this I mean, I sometimes don t think books have room for both a romance plotline and a finding yourself plotline, so no shock that jamming two of each into 400 pages wasn t the most stellar reading experience of my life, but still.I also get frustrated when the lead characters are Two Perfect Angels who have Had Their Hearts Broken But Never Did Anything Wrong, Ever, In Their Lives Let s get some screwups going, people If I wanted to read about saints I would pick up religious texts, not newly released British romcoms Bottom line Only old people deserve rights didn t think i d ever prefer the second chance romance of an elderly woman to the christmas movie style high powered consultant who moves to a little village, but it turns out anything s possible.review to come 2.5 stars so maybe i only read british rom coms nowand what about it i found out about this book 5 minutes ago and approx 4 minutes and 58 seconds ago it became the only thing i care about This review is up on my blog Guess who needs to stop hyping herself up for books that she thinks are going to blow her away just like the authors previous book Spoiler alert It s ME I m talking about this fool over here Find Me Ko Fi Blog Instagram TwitterBuddy reading with Ameerah and May I thought this was going to be like a Freaky Friday movie body switch And then I reread the blurb and realised it s a place swap not a body swap face palms That s what I get for skimm This review is up on my blog Guess who needs to stop hyping herself up for books that she thinks are going to blow her away just like the authors previous book Spoiler alert It s ME I m talking about this fool over here Find Me Ko Fi Blog Instagram TwitterBuddy reading with Ameerah and May I thought this was going to be like a Freaky Friday movie body switch And then I reread the blurb and realised it s a place swap not a body swap face palms That s what I get for skimming through blurbs My review of The Flatshare This is delightful, heartwarming, poignant, beautiful novel with different likable narrators heroines grandma and granddaughter I have to admit I wasn t a great fan of Flatshare It was good written story, both in my opinion the characters and the progression of their romantic involvement failed me during my reading So I have second thoughts when I decided to try another novel of the same author but surprisingly this book worked so much better for me because its genre is a women s fiction an This is delightful, heartwarming, poignant, beautiful novel with different likable narrators heroines grandma and granddaughter I have to admit I wasn t a great fan of Flatshare It was good written story, both in my opinion the characters and the progression of their romantic involvement failed me during my reading So I have second thoughts when I decided to try another novel of the same author but surprisingly this book worked so much better for me because its genre is a women s fiction and family story with romantic vibes So romance parts of the book are a little overshadowed by two women s self discovery and new beginnings, making peace with their past theme It has promising premise with the idea similar to Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet s Holiday movie But this time the women are related and they don t switch places between the houses at the different continents And I have to admit this book s characters arerealistically portrayed than the movie s soap opera style predictable rom com story line Let s meet with two protagonists 79 years old, smart, sarcastic, vivid grandmother reminded me of mash up Golden Girls Blanche and Sophia Eileen, feeling alone, abandoned when her dear partner cheated on her and ran away with a dance instructor, wanting to get drown in the dating pool but there are not much great candidates she may choose and she is too old to kiss rotten frogs and wait for them to turn into kings In the meantime her granddaughter who shares the same name with her her own daughter thought she was going to die so for showing her appreciation she named her own girl with her mother s name But guess what stubborn Eileen won the duello against grim reaper and as a solution they start calling her granddaughter Leena suffering from panic attacks resulted with mandatory two months leave from her job at least she didn t get fired and during two months leave, she will still get paid , fighting the guilt feelings and grief after her sister lost her battle against the cancer and she still blames her mother, rejecting to visit her Two of them need a quick break and seize their opportunities of their lives so during Leena s visit, Eileen offers her switch places Changing scenery may be helpful for both of them to have clearer vision about their lives Eileen may havedating opportunities witheligible candidates, getting rid of her daily life routine And Leena can haveopportunities to spend her time instead of staying at her flat, pouting, getting bored When she accepts to switch places with her grandmother, she also accepts to attend Neighborhood Watch Meeting, bingo days, reconnecting with her mother and of course May Day Festival organization But as soon as she moved her new place she starts having hard time to adapt and she starts having problems with her long distance relationship with Ethan who works at the same company with her And charming, mostly annoying Jackson starts confusing her mind and gives her excitement she hasn t had for a long time Their freenemies to friends then lovers story is great addition to the story s general progression I also enjoyed dating adventures of Eileen which were entertaining and eventually romantic The conclusion of the story was also well written, tear jerking, heart melting.So overall this is sweet, entertaining, well crafted, humorous, romantic enjoyable family, self discovery, grief, life and happiness story We needfeel good books like this in these days which put smile on our faces and help us there is still hope out there in 5 words a pure and utter delightin decidedlythan 5 wordsGrandma what if we swapped What if I came up and looked after all your projects and you had my flat in Shoreditch and I stayed here the Switch follows 29 year old Leena and 79 year old Eilleen, who after a botched presentation at work and a wish to try something new, decide to swap lives Overachiever and constant do er, Leena gets the chance to slow down and enjoy country life, and Eileen is thrown into the bustling life o in 5 words a pure and utter delightin decidedlythan 5 wordsGrandma what if we swapped What if I came up and looked after all your projects and you had my flat in Shoreditch and I stayed here the Switch follows 29 year old Leena and 79 year old Eilleen, who after a botched presentation at work and a wish to try something new, decide to swap lives Overachiever and constant do er, Leena gets the chance to slow down and enjoy country life, and Eileen is thrown into the bustling life of London I haven t read Beth O Leary s debut, The Flatshare, but now my excitement has increased tenfold If she can make me enjoy this book, which I admittedly would never have picked up if not for her name attached to it she can do no wrong I was initially a bit nervous about the Eileen s POV, because she is so out of the normal age range I read I know, I know ageist right But considering my typical protagonists are teenagers an almost 80 year old is a big jump But my worries were for naught, because Eileen was so fun to read about I loved reading about her life, and the gossip filled neighbourhood watch meetings she attended She was such a lovely, bright and honest character that I couldn t help but loveGrandma, what are you doing Medding I yell cheerfully It s my new thing Leena was a character I related to quite a bit Always doing doing doing, to the point where she couldn t physicallydo any She had been almost on autopilot since the death of her sister, Carla A change of pace was well overdue, but at first she finds it difficult to adjust to the slow life Gradually, she begins to develop relationships with the people around the town, which was preciousArnold is basically Shrek, I ve concluded a grumpy green ogre who s forgotten how to be nice to people And I plan on being his Donkey There were two whole casts of characters, as the story is told in dual POVs but I loved each and every one of them From the dog to the next door neighbour they each had a unique and loveable personality the overall tone of this book was really enjoyable It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it The Switch is truly the perfect wholesome, pure and feel good read for times such as these While it may not be anything life changing, it is perfect escapism Although, it was not completely happy go lucky There were emotional moments, and some important issues were tackled I almost cried at one point, partly out of sadness and partly out of happiness I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Betsy the original badass Overall, this was the perfect read for me at the perfect time If you are looking for a relatively slice of life, character driven book look no further Thank you to Hachette Australia for this ARCRelease Date 28 April 2020 So this wasn t as good as the flatshare i m kind of disappointed but at the same time, not This wasn t a bad book by any means, it had some really cute moment but I just felt like it was majorly underdeveloped The story follows twenty something year old leena and her seventy nine year old grandmother, eileen Both of them need a change and so they switch lives for 2 months hardworking, over achieving Leena needs a break and feisty Eileen is looking for adventure The things I liked ab So this wasn t as good as the flatshare i m kind of disappointed but at the same time, not This wasn t a bad book by any means, it had some really cute moment but I just felt like it was majorly underdeveloped The story follows twenty something year old leena and her seventy nine year old grandmother, eileen Both of them need a change and so they switch lives for 2 months hardworking, over achieving Leena needs a break and feisty Eileen is looking for adventure The things I liked about this book eileen sweet old grandmother she s such a ball of joy and snark and preciousness i ve never read a book focused on an old woman finding love and adventure but reading it was just really fun and sweet and i enjoyed it a lot it was c u t e eileen is part of this Neighbourhood Watch which she described as,just people who like watching our neighboursso we stopped pretending to talk about crime, and just focused on gossip, village scandal, and complaints about rival hamletsall the old people in this book are just so cute The things I disliked about this book i felt a lot of things were underdeveloped, mainly the romantic relationships i think that the author was doing a lot by giving leena and eileen two separate plots but they didn t have enough time to develop properly the romantic relationship that eileen ended up with turned out slightlydeveloped due to some prior history, but leena s felt very rushed even though i do adore the guy she ended up with ethan s plot was very forced in my opinion there was little depth to his story and conflict and it just turned laughable towards the end Carla Her entire storyline was unnecessary and her illness was used as a plot device it was predictable there, i said it the story was predictable and i could have guessed every element that was coming up it was a sweet read, but this wasn t memorable for me and im probably going to forget about everything about this book by tomorrow c buddy read with ameerah azrah Simply Gorgeous and Uplifting Last year I gushed over The Flatshare, well in my opinion Beth O Leary has exceeded my expectations evenwith The Switch, and believe me I m going to be spending the remainder of the year and longer raving about this beautiful, heartwarming book, and recommending it to every reader I encounter.When wound tight, workaholic Leena Cotton experiences a panic attack during a big presentation her company orders her to take two months leave Dreading the endless tim Simply Gorgeous and Uplifting Last year I gushed over The Flatshare, well in my opinion Beth O Leary has exceeded my expectations evenwith The Switch, and believe me I m going to be spending the remainder of the year and longer raving about this beautiful, heartwarming book, and recommending it to every reader I encounter.When wound tight, workaholic Leena Cotton experiences a panic attack during a big presentation her company orders her to take two months leave Dreading the endless time on her hands, Leena heads to Yorkshire to visit her grandmother, Eileen.Meanwhile, Eileen Cotton is searching for love, companionship, and craving a little excitement, but it s slim pickings in her tiny village of Hamleigh in Harksdale.Then, Leena suggests a novel idea, why not swap places for eight weeks Leena will move into her grandmother s house, and take on all her chores, responsibilities, and community projects to keep herself busy, and Eileen will live it up in London, sharing her granddaughter s flat with her two roommates she s bound to encounter heaps of men in a city of nearly nine million It s the perfect solution with hilarious, entertaining, heartwarming and swoon worthy results The Switch completely embraced the notions of family, friendship, belonging, bridging the generational gap, taking a gamble and stepping outside one s comfort zone, and community spirit Reading it this past week has been an enthralling and soothing experience Even though Eileen and Leena don t swap identities it does share common themes with movies like Freaky Friday such as placing yourself in someone else s shoes and the highs and lows that come with it, as well as a new appreciation for the person they re replacing and all they do, resulting in an even closer relationship.Light in tone for the most part, but like The Flatshare, does incorporate serious topics such as grief, loss, loneliness, domestic abuse, mental illness, unhealthy coping strategies, and cheating Eileen and Leena were both wonderful and interesting, and both their stories were affecting and relatable, and the characters they came into contact with memorable and magnificent The two settings encompassed all the idyll and beauty of a tiny English village and it s quirky and charming characters, and the buzzing with energy non stop, fast paced exhilaration of London life.I guarantee The Switch is going to capture the hearts and minds of readers everywhere The perfect choice to curl up with this April I d like to thank Netgalley, Quercus Books, and Beth O Leary for the e ARC.Publication Date 16th April, 2020 Eileen is sick of being Leena s tired of life in her twentiesMaybe it s time they swapped placesWhen 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 gentlemenOnce 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 difficult than either of them expectedLeena 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 Oh I loved it so much I have so much LOVE for this book After reading The Flat Share last year, The Switch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and I certainly was not disappointed It is a beautiful story, with lovely characters and settings and I really couldn t get enough.Now you might think that a swap between a 29 year old and a 79 year old is ridiculous but you have not met Eileen She is a newly single women, since he husband walked out on her, and she lives with her cats A Oh I loved it so much I have so much LOVE for this book After reading The Flat Share last year, The Switch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and I certainly was not disappointed It is a beautiful story, with lovely characters and settings and I really couldn t get enough.Now you might think that a swap between a 29 year old and a 79 year old is ridiculous but you have not met Eileen She is a newly single women, since he husband walked out on her, and she lives with her cats Ant and Dec I loved this little detail She wants to find love again but her little village in Yorkshire has slim pickings meanwhile, her beloved grand daughter Leena is struggling in her high powered, highly stressful job in London She has messed up royally and been ordered to take a 2 month sabbatical to sort her head out She head to Yorkshire to visit her grandmother and the pair decide to swap lives for a while Leena will stay in Yorkshire and look after Eileen s life while Eileen heads to London and moves in with Leena s flat mates and looks for love It is a hilarious and at times sad adventure for the both and they really discover who they are and what is missing from their lives Friendships, family, love and priorities are all important to both women I was immediately immersed in the lives of these wonder characters and was sad when it was over I cannot recommend this book

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