Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you an unspoilery review of an adorable, uplifting book with sweet characters, an enjoyable plot, and lovable dialogue.
This book was an ARC given to me from the publisher and author through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity, and know that all thoughts are my own and do not reflect the author or publisher in any way.
Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O’Leary
Content Warnings: character death, cancer, sex, sexual jokes, infidelity, depression, anxiety
A year after the death of her sister, Leena has been dealing with the loss by overworking and not stopping in her crazy life in Shoreditch, London. When she begins to fall apart at work, she is forced to take time off for herself.
Leena’s grandma, Eileen, is tired of feeling old and has decided to start looking for a significant other after her tedious husband cheated on her months ago. The problem is that there are not very many good options in the small town where she lives.
When the two ladies decide to switch lives for two months, Leena takes time away from the city to relax in her grandmother’s house and Eileen tries her luck at dating and socializing in the big city. As the two navigate the world of nosy neighbors, friendly flatmates, and confusing romances, Leena and Eileen learn how taking chances can be good for both of them.
This was a super cute book! I really enjoyed reading both the points of view, and I found the plot entertaining! This didn’t feel quite like a typical romantic comedy because of its quirks and fun storyline, and it was refreshing! I recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy, sweet read that deals with overcoming loss and taking care of oneself.
There were such great side characters in this book! I feel like I really got to know all the people in the countryside! It was fun to see them all interacting at the neighborhood watch meetings, and I had a great time planning the May Day festival with them as well! Arthur was the sweetest old man, and I loved getting to know Jackson and his dog, Hank! Leena’s friends in London were also amazing, and I loved getting to know Bee, Fitz, and Martha. They all had such great personalities, and they played such an important role in Eileen and Leena’s stories. It was also interesting to see Marian, Leena’s mother, and explore how she has dealt with the loss of one daughter and anger from the other.
Leena was clever and determined, but she has had a rough time since the death of her sister. I loved seeing Leena grow and overcome her grief in this novel through hard work, laughter, and friendship. It was entertaining to experience Leena meeting with all the elderly people in rural Yorkshire, and I loved watching her start to relax! Leena’s little love triangle between her boyfriend from London and her family friend in the country was well done and enjoyable to read!
Eileen was witty and crafty. She knew what she wanted, and she would do anything to make it happen. I loved getting to know Eileen better and see her really shine in London. She is such a sweet, outgoing elderly woman, and I loved that she had a wonderful adventure! It was so great to see Eileen interacting with all of Leena’s young friends and helping them through difficult times in their lives. Eileen had such a great time dating in London, and it was entertaining to see how everything changed by the end of the book.
I hope you all read and enjoy this entertaining and sweet book!
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