Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

 

Title: The Switch

Author: Beth O’Leary

Published: 28th April 2020, Quercus

Status: Read April 2020 courtesy Hachette/Netgalley

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My Thoughts:

Beth O’Leary’s debut novel The Flatshare garnered the author international popularity and readers have been anxiously awaiting her next book. I can’t compare the two, but I can say that The Switch is a delightful read. In fact I finished it with a tear in my eye because The Switch has the sort of heartwarming ending that we all crave at times.

When Leena Cotton experiences a panic attack in the middle of an important meeting she expects she will be fired, instead her employer insists she takes two months leave. Lost without work as a buffer for her grief over her sister’s recent death from cancer, Leena decides to visit her beloved grandmother in the Yorkshire countryside.

Seventy-nine year old Eileen is ready to welcome her granddaughter with open arms. Truth be told the house has seemed empty since her husband ran away with a dance instructor, and candidates for overnight ‘company’ are thin on the ground in Hamleigh-in-Harksdale.

It takes just a few days for Leena to recognise that her grandmother also needs a change of scenery and so Leena impulsively proposes a switch. Leena will stay at Clearwater Cottage and take on Eileen’s tasks that includes organising the village May Day Festival, attending Neighbourhood Watch meetings, ferrying Bingo players, and watching over her mother, while Eileen will stay in Leena’s London share flat, explore the city and take advantage of the wider dating pool.

Unfolding from the alternating perspectives of Leena and Eileen, the two women initially struggle to find their feet in their new environments but the Cotton women are willing to take a few risks. I delighted in Eileen’s online dating adventures, her ability to befriend strangers, and her determination to establish the The Silver Shoreditchers Social Club. Eileen is smart, sassy and no-nonsense, and the kind of granny we all need. Leena is a little more fragile than her grandmother, still deeply grieving her sister’s death, her anger and guilt has been directed at her mother, and herself. Throwing herself into community affairs is a distraction but eventually she’s forced to face her anxiety, and some difficult truths about her life.

I loved the humour in The Switch which came from both the Cotton women and the supporting cast. Perhaps the elderly characters are a little stereotypical but they are thoroughly entertaining. The Switch doesn’t just offer laughs though, O’Leary touches on some sensitive issues including stress, grief, infidelity, loneliness and domestic violence. There is also a romance (or three) and Leena and Eileen ultimately prove to be strong and resilient women.

Charming, entertaining and uplifting I really enjoyed reading The Switch, Ihope you do too.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marg
    Apr 24, 2020 @ 18:29:51

    This is one of the books that I am anticipating the most over the next couple of months!

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  2. CindyGale
    Apr 24, 2020 @ 20:22:26

    I am adding this to my TBR. I love the sound of this book and your review is so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Lisa
    Apr 25, 2020 @ 01:36:04

    Great review! I can’t wait to read this.

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  4. Mystica
    Apr 25, 2020 @ 18:13:45

    Thank you for a great review. A new book for me.

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  5. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Apr 25, 2020 @ 22:12:46

    This sounds *adorable*! I hope you get a chance to read The Flatshare, I think if you like this one, you’ll adore that one. I adored The Flatshare, and I didn’t expect to — and I am sooo excited this one is as good as The Flatshare!

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  6. carhicks
    Apr 25, 2020 @ 23:15:36

    Wonderful review, it sounds so cute and I love multi-generational stories.

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 26, 2020 @ 21:37:34

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this one, and I’m glad it did not disappoint you!

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  8. Anjana
    Apr 26, 2020 @ 21:44:27

    Great review! I really enjoyed this book too 😄

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Apr 27, 2020 @ 02:43:58

    This does sound charming and a lighter read could be the perfect fit right about now.

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  11. Reading Between the Dunes
    Apr 27, 2020 @ 13:45:45

    I loved The Flatshare so I’ll have to check out this book, too!

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  12. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    May 01, 2020 @ 09:40:09

    I loved The Flatshare, truly something special. So while I’m really looking forward to starting The Switch today(!) I have been worried just how she’ll be able to conjure up that same magic twice in a row. Thankfully your review has eased my mind a little on that score…

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  13. stacybuckeye
    May 04, 2020 @ 13:46:35

    I loved The Flatshare so I need to get my hands on this!

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