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  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Beth O'Leary proves that her brilliant debut The Flatshire was no fluke with this smashing follow up the perfect reading material for our anxious and self isolated times 79 year old Eileen Cotton's husband Wade has recently left her for a dance instructor and for the tree climbing Eileen she is far from addled she is searching for sex love and another man Living in the Yorkshire Dales and the tiny village of Hamleigh in Harksdale there are slim pickings as Eileen reflects on how she had planned on going to London before pregnancy and marriage Living in a warehouse flat in Shoreditch London over achieving Leena has a panic attack during a presentation to a client forced into a two month sabbatical by her boss she visits her grandmother Eileen in Yorkshire Upon learning of her grandmother's dilemma she suggests they swap lives and switch homesThe Cotton women are still heavily in the throes of an unbearable loss and grief one that has resulted in an estrangement with Leena still raging against her mother Both Eileen and Leena are indomitable organisers with Leena pitching in with local gossiping Neighbourhood Watch Committee their activities and May Day celebrations After an initially disheartening experience in London Eileen is aided by Leena's friend Bee in compiling a profile for dating apps and before long she is juggling men like there is no tomorrow An inveterate meddler in the lives of others Eileen is a hit with well nigh everyone particularly Leena's flatmates like Fitz becoming a veritable whirlwind as she plans and sets up the Silver Shoreditch Social Club after discovering the elderly isolated Letitia Whilst there are the odd flies in the ointment for both women such as a scamming attempt both women have a whale of a time O'Leary has a remarkable talent in writing with wit charm and humour whilst creating the kind of characters you cannot help but adore The real star of this novel is undoubtedly the unforgettable and strong Eileen willing to do the right thing by protecting her granddaughter even whilst knowing that will once again bring heartbreak to her Life will never be the same again for either woman the new adventures love and challenges in their lives offer them the opportunity to process and come to terms with their grief whilst allowing them opportunities to evolve their identities to be who they are now It is worth mentioning whilst so many of us are pushed into enforced isolation at the moment for who knows how long many of the elderly have loneliness imposed on them at all times by families and communities Which explains why I found Eileen's recognition of this and her efforts to establish the Silver Shoreditch Social Club so wonderfully amazing Highly recommended Many thanks to uercus for an ARC


  2. jessica jessica says:

    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 need from 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 uaint english villages and likeable characters who want what they deserve will really appreciate this ↠ 35 stars


  3. ✨ A ✨ ✨ A ✨ says:

    I absolutely loved the authors debut The Flatshare I remember gobbling that book up in a day While The Switch had the same easy and effortless to read writing — I never felt the same enthusiasm while reading this Maybe it was just me though What came as a nice surprise was how much I preferred the older characters in this book to the younger ones I found them hilarious and charming Eileen especially was a favourite She was just such a joy of a character These people There’s such a fierceness to them such a lovingness When I got here I thought their lives were small and silly but I was wrong They’re some of the biggest people I know Leena on the other hand was not really to my liking It's nothing against her I just felt I couldn't connect to her character and she felt very one dimensional In all this book was delightful but not the shining star that I was expecting Make no mistake I'll definitely be reading of O'leary's future books Buddy 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


  4. emma emma says:

    From this day forward I should only read about elderly peopleYes 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 peopleThis book for example follows a grandmagrandkid 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 way than half of our page timeTough 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 sufferingPlus 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 itLike SPOILERS but view spoilerYou’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


  5. marilyn marilyn says:

    The Switch by Beth O'Leary narrated by Daisy Edgar Jones and Alison Steadman is my second audio book by Macmillan Audio via NetGalley Shelf My first book was glitchy so I wanted to give this method another try and this time the book worked perfectly What a joyful treat this one was very cute and heartwarming which are things I normally don't get to say because of the type of books that I usually choose Grandmother Eileen switches locations for two months with her granddaughter Leena Leena experienced a panic attack during a very important presentation at work and was forced to take a two month leave of absence Seventynine year old Eileen is finally ready to jump into dating since her husband left her for a much younger woman The thing is the dating pool in the small community where Eileen resides is much too small for there to be a chance to find anyone to date and Leena needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of her city life or she'll never be able to unwind enough to recover from her anxiety So they swap homes and start doing their magic in their new locations The synopsis makes it sound like this swap was hard for both women but I didn't see it that way at all I feel like it revived them despite the difficulties or because of them of learning new things in each life Both women brought people together and helped people change But both women are also still mourning the death of Carla Leena's sister and being back in her grandmother's little town where Carla died makes Leena face the grief that she had been stuffing down with work and busy ness This book is full of the people from both women's lives and the author and narrators brought them all to life I need to readlisten to books like this one because it certainly put a smile on my face I also know that I'm beginning to get attached to audio books because of this experience Thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for this ARCPublication date August 18 2020


  6. Farrah Farrah says:

    Can I compare this book to my cat? I want to because both are warm cuddly and super adorable I decided to read this specifically because I wanted a simple feel good story and it was perfect for that I really enjoyed Leena's half of the book She's fun and feisty And I thought the author did a great job portraying her grief over her sister and anger at her mother in a positive and endearing way It also gave the book depth than I was expecting I also liked Eileen and appreciate the ualities her character represented I did find that 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 she was a bit 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 and that at times it bordered on gimmicky Also this was my first time listening to an audiobook Once I stopped over thinking it I fell completely into the story It was great I could listen while doing chores I listened a little bit at work 🤫 I even listened while reading a different book off my Kindle Joking about that last one My brain hurts just to imagining doing that Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book


  7. Emer (A Little Haze) Emer (A Little Haze) says:

    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 uniue 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 sueaked 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 SwitchI 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 but importantly 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 sureSo 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 endpointThere 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 uickly 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 these minor 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 uercus via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review For reviews and book related chat check out my blog


  8. Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) says:

    After falling head over heels for The Flatshare last year this was uite possibly my most anticipated book of 2020 I am so so happy to report that this completely lived up to my expectations and that I absolutely adored it Beth O'Leary has a way of writing characters that feel so completely REAL and true to life and I think I can now confidently call her a favorite author My only real complaint about this one is that I feel like the romantic relationships weren't uite as flushed out as I would have liked them to be but I also recognize that they were not intended to be the main aspect of the story so it would make sense that they would pale in comparison to the relationships between Eileen and Leena and Marian Also I listened to this one partly via audiobook thank you NetGalley Macmillan Audio and it too was SO well done The voice actors were incredible and really brought Eileen and Leena to life in the BEST way Honestly y'all this book was just an absolute delight and I can guarantee that I will be re reading it for years to come I highly highly recommendTW cancer death of a loved one severe griefdepression


  9. preoccupiedbybooks preoccupiedbybooks says:

    It's only fitting that I review this wholesome and heart warming love letter to Yorkshire on actual Yorkshire day whilst drinking a cup of Yorkshire tea Eileen is 79 and wants a change and to start dating againLeena needs a break she's tired stressed and grievingSo they decide to swap lives for two monthsWill a change of scenery help the two women?The Switch was just what I needed It was like having a cuppa with an old friend The plot was nothing new hello 'The Holiday' but this charming heartfelt book was all about the characters and their relationships It won't be a book for everyone it's uite a slow building character driven plot and about family and friendships than a full on romance read but I really liked it Last year The Flatshare ended up being one of my favourite reads despite it taking a while for me to get into it This book charmed me from the very start with its lovable characters charming village life witty banter and feel good storylineTold from both Eileen and Lina's POVs I was engaged and entertained no matter which one of them I was reading about However Eileen really shone out of the pages She was hilarious wise and just an amazing character I really want to be her when I'm 79 I really liked both characters and hoped for the best for them on their paths of self discovery I also loved many of the side characters from grumpy Arnold I ❤️ him snarky Nicola sharp Betsy easy going Jackson Basil and Hank the dog in Yorkshire to Bee Martha Fitz in London This book was all about family friendship and the importance of a community It had some important things to say about loneliness and how hard it can be for the older generation when sometimes their house becomes of a prison than a sanctuary It also looked at grief and anger at the loss of a loved one and family estrangement I laughed and I cried at both the village life antics like the May day fair and Hank the dog taking Leena for a walk and also loved Eileen learning about internet dating and figuring out LondonI had heard great things about the audio but was in the mood to read it but I can totally see what a good audiobook it would beBasically I just want to visit Hamleigh in Harksdale to sit and have a cuppa with all of these characters This book made me smile it made me feel good What can you ask for? I see that Beth O'Leary has another book out next year The Road Tripand I will definitely be reading it


  10. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This is delightful heartwarming poignant beautiful novel with different likable narratorsheroines 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 are realistically 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 uick 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 have dating opportunities with eligible candidates getting rid of her daily life routine And Leena can have opportunities 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 meltingSo overall this is sweet entertaining well crafted humorous romantic enjoyable family self discovery grief life and happiness story We need feel good books like this in these days which put smile on our faces and help us there is still hope out therebloginstagramfacebooktwitter


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The Switch ❰Reading❯ ➾ The Switch Author Beth O'Leary – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Eileen newly single and about to turn eighty would like a second chance at love but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen Then in bustling London Eileen's twentysomething ov Eileen newly single and about to turn eighty would like a second chance at love but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen Then in bustling London Eileen's twentysomething overachieving granddaughter Leena is ordered to take a two month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at workOnce Leena learns of Eileen's romantic predicament she proposes a solution a two month swap Eileen will live in London and look for love Meanwhile Leena will rest and take care of things in rural Yorkshire But trading places isn't as easy as either of them expected Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselvesand maybe even find love.

  • Paperback
  • 330 pages
  • The Switch
  • Beth O'Leary
  • English
  • 28 September 2016
  • 9781250769862

About the Author: Beth O'Leary

Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London and wrote her first novel The Flatshare on her train journey to and from workYou’ll usually find her curled up with a book a cup of tea and several woolly jumpers whatever the weather.