About the Book
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?
I read and loved The Flatshare by this author last year so was delighted to spot her new one, The Switch, on audiobook on NetGalley last week. I was thrilled to be approved to listen to it and I’m so pleased to say that I loved it!
The Switch follows Leena, who having been successful in her career has had a bit of a blip and has been given two months off work. She is stunned and doesn’t know what to do with herself. The novel also follows Leena’s beloved Grandma Eileen, who is newly single and trying to find her feet on the dating scene. Leena and Eileen decide to swap homes for the two months – Eileen will move to London and Leena will move back to the Yorkshire village where she grew up!
I loved Eileen from the very start of this novel, and having her character narrated by the brilliant Alison Steadman only added to how much I adored her! I love older characters who are full of life and know what they want. Eileen wants to find love again but she doesn’t suffer fools. I adored seeing her dating exploits in London and was rooting for her to find Mr Right.
Leena was a little harder to like at the beginning, there was clearly something holding her back. Once we learn what she, and her family, have been through I came to understand why she is the way she is. I loved seeing her trying to figure out how to get through being back in the village she’d grown up in, and trying to navigate a better relationship with her estranged mum. I was so moved by the moment in the novel when there is a break through between the two characters, it made me quite tearful.
The narrators for this audiobook are utterly perfect and they really added an extra layer of enjoyment to the novel. Alison Steadman (Pamela in Gavin and Stacy) is wonderful, her voice is so warm and she was a perfect Eileen. Leena is narrated by Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne in Normal People) and again she just seem so suited to this role. I definitely recommend the audio book, and I will be looking out for more audio books narrated by both of these women in the future.
The Switch is a perfect read for this summer: it provides warmth and much-needed escapism from the world we’re living in. There is some depth to this novel but the lightness always balances the sadder parts. I adored this one and highly recommend it!
The Switch is out now on audiobook here and in hardback and ebook here.
24 thoughts on “The Switch by Beth O’Leary #AudioBook”
fantastic review Hayley! I just got this from NetGalley.com as it’s available as a Listen Now! xx
Thank you 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – the narrators are fab and the story is really lovely. xx
Loved this review! This sounds like the perfect escapism
Thank you so much! 🙂 It was a lovely, escapist book to listen to – I recommend it.
What a fascinating premise for a story, Hayley! I’d never really thought of it, but that could work! And I love it that there seems to be some wit in the story, as well as character development. You’re right that this sounds like a very nice escape from the world we’re in right now…
It was such a lovely book to listen to and was really good escapism. I loved the audio book as it had such warmth, I think this is one I’d listen to again in the future.
Lovely review! This one is on my TBR (together with Flat Share).
Thank you! 🙂 I really enjoyed Flatshare so I recommend both of these books and hope you love them as much as I did.
I can’t wait to read this one! Great review!
It’s such a lovely read, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you 🙂
It was such a lovely read.
She sounds like a good writer with reliably decent reads, which is always a good thing to find, isn’t it!
It is such a good thing to find. I really do love her writing, I can’t wait to see what she does next!
Will definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for the review.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thank you 🙂
This was such a fun read, I bet the audio was amazing!
The audio was brilliant, it really added to the story.
Wonderful review! Sounds like we had a similar experience with this audiobook… I thought the voices of the narrators fitted the characters so well! xx
Thank you 🙂 Both of the narrators were excellent, weren’t they? They really added to the story. xx
Oh yes! I think the narrators definitely added a little something extra to the story. xx
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I put this on my wish list 😊
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂