The Switch by Beth O’Leary

‘SO CHARMING, SO SWEET AND SO LOVELY’ MARIAN KEYES Leena is too younger to experience stuck.Eileen is just too old to start over.Maybe it is time for The Switch…Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a massive presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s residence for a few late rest. Newly single and about to show eighty, Eileen would love a second hazard at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village does not provide many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and search for love, and L Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, in addition to the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – neighborhood schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t always straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a big hit with her new neighbours, and with the web relationship scene. But is her perfect fit nearer to home than she first thought?Praise for The Switch:’Another life-affirming pleasure’ HEAT MAGAZINE’Warm, witty, and a cast of characters I want I was buddies with – I virtually cherished it!’ LAURA JANE WILLIAMS’I am blown away. I failed to assume Beth could pinnacle The Flatshare however she has. It flickers with wit, warmth and compassion. It deserves to be large!’ GILLIAN McALLISTER’Heartwarming and uplifting. Everyone must have an Eileen of their life!’ HEIDI SWAIN’Eileen Cotton proves you don’t have to be for your thirties to be Bridget Jones. A triumph of a second novel!’ ANSTEY HARRIS’Bursting with warm temperature and humour’ LOUISE O’NEILL’I cherished it! A total joy to read. Such a breath of sparkling air’ LIBBY PAGE’It’s an absolute pleasure from starting to end’ MIKE GAYLE’I simply loved The Switch! What a beautiful tale with such memorable characters. I have been nicely and genuinely Eileened! It’s an absolute triumph!’ EMMA COOPER’Beth O’Leary has truly smashed it out of the park with The Switch. Brilliant, warm, funny, full of heart. Completely loved it!’ RICHARD ROPER


Leena Cotton become on the fast music in company London, where she become the youngest senior representative at Selmount Consulting. But after her loved sister dies, Leena loses her footing. Panic attacks are threatening to derail her career. She’s placed on a obligatory two-month sabbatical.

At the equal time, Leena’s grandmother Eileen is feeling lonely and lost after her husband left her for their dance instructor. Life inside the village of Hamleigh is slow, and Eileen reveals herself ranking the available men. (Typical execs include “very own teeth” and “full head of hair,” whilst cons variety from “awesome bore” to “continually wears tweed.”)

Clearly, Leena and Eileen need shaking up, and they agree to switch houses for several weeks. Eileen—whose personal London career dreams have been cut brief whilst she were given pregnant so many years ago—eagerly actions in with Leena’s colourful roommates. She is immediately struck with the aid of how disconnected Londoners seem; the tenants in Leena’s apartment constructing don’t even know each other’s names. She starts offevolved an attempt to convey the network together, in particular the lonely, remoted older residents.

Meanwhile, Leena is adjusting to just how linked Hamleigh is. Everyone knows each other’s business—and has an opinion approximately it. When Leena volunteers to assist with the once a year village celebration, she must navigate the meddling of Hamleigh’s longtime citizens. She also reconnects with a formative years friend who is now a single father and the village’s maximum eligible bachelor. Leena finds herself thinking whether or not she can trade her fast-paced London way of life for the village, wherein reminiscences of her sister are everywhere.

Despite the bucolic placing for lots of the tale, Beth O’Leary’s 2nd novel is brisk and engaging. Her writing is warm, humorous and oh-so-British. The characters she creates feel real—specially the older residents of Hamleigh, who are hilariously cranky and nosy however in no way lapse into caricature. In this time of extended isolation, The Switch offers a hopeful reminder to attain out to our associates with an open mind. It’s a cozy, cute tale about how community matters greater than ever.

“These humans. There’s such a fierceness to them, such a lovingness,” Leena says. “When I were given here, I idea their lives were small and silly, but I became wrong. They’re a few of the biggest human beings I know.”


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