Friday 1 January 2021

The Switch by Beth O'Leary (2020) Narrated by Alison Steadman, Daisy Edgar-Jones (2020)


Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
Maybe it's time for The Switch...

Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen... So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and L Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire.

But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect - and distractingly handsome - local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn't straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?


This was one of my favourite books of 2020.
It had me continually laughing out loud and then teary-eyed in the more poignant scenes.
I adored Eileen. She was feisty and full of life. I wasn't too sure about reading about the sexcapades of a 79-year-old but that aspect of the storyline was handled very lightly. I loved her interactions with her neighbour on the dating website. I found that completely hilarious. 
I felt for Leena as she struggled with the death of her sister and the deterioration of her relationship with her mother. Stepping into her grandmother's shoes as she completed the tasks Eileen normally would have done was a real treat to watch. The dog walking episode calls to mind as being particularly comical.
As the story developed and relationships were formed and restored I was left with a warm glow and a smile on my face.

For a heartwarming, feel-good way to begin the new year, I couldn't recommend a nicer way than picking up The Switch.

The Switch is available in all formats but I listened to the audiobook and it was performed brilliantly by the narrators.

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