The switch

Beth O'Leary

Book - 2020

Leena is too young to feel stuck. Eileen is too old to start over. 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 80, 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 lov...e and 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?.

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Novels
Humorous fiction
Published
New York : Flatiron Books 2020.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2020 by Quercus Books"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
330 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781250769862
1250769868
Main Author
Beth O'Leary (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Fans of Linda Holmes' Evvie Drake Starts Over (2019) or Jen DeLuca's Well Met (2019) will delight in O'Leary's latest (after The Flatshare, 2019). Leena Cotton, working nonstop to avoid dealing with her sister's recent death, is forced to take a two-month vacation after a disastrous client presentation. Flailing, she visits her grandmother, Eileen, in the Yorkshire Dales. Eileen is taking the opposite approach to tragedy—her husband left her for a dance instructor, which may not be as much of a tragedy as she originally thought—and is devising a plan to bring love back into her life. The two decide a change of scenery is needed and proceed to switch homes, Eileen moving to Leena's London apartment and Leena to Eileen's country house. Startled by the contrast in lifestyles, Leena and Eileen tackle new challenges with surprising results. The Switch brilliantly encompasses all the humor and whimsy of The Flatshare while delving into emotional topics like grief and the importance of watching out for neighbors. Charismatic Eileen stands out as the star of this witty, joyful show, illustrating that mature women need love, too. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Ready for an adventure in the months after her husband of 60 years departs, a woman from a picture-postcard Yorkshire village offers to swap places with her burned-out adult granddaughter to pursue romance in bustling London. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After Leena and Eileen, her seventy-nine year old grandmother, decide to switch homes for two months, they each discover that love can be found in the most unlikely places.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A grandmother and granddaughter swap lives in The Switch, a charming, romantic novel by Beth O’Leary, who has been hailed as “the new Jojo Moyes” (Cosmopolitan UK)...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 long-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.So they decide to try a two-month swap.Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects. But stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find true love? In Beth O'Leary's The Switch, it's never too late to change everything....or to find yourself.