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The Switch: the joyful and uplifting Sunday Times bestseller from the author of The Flatshare (edition 2021)

by Beth O'Leary (Author)

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"Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman team up as a fun, quirky grandmother and granddaughter pair in this lively narration...The two narrators, each portraying her respective character's point of view, are a perfect match." â??AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by British actors Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, star of Hulu's Normal People.

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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"A delightful, romantic respite that is full of heart, with stellar narration and thoughtful production
to distinguish it as an audio." â?? Booklist, starred review
"A cozy, hopeful escape that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel inspired." â?? Kirkus, starred re
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Title:The Switch: the joyful and uplifting Sunday Times bestseller from the author of The Flatshare
Authors:Beth O'Leary (Author)
Info:Quercus (2021), Edition: 01, 368 pages
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A combination of things I love in a story, young and elderly people interracting in a found family sort of way, a sprinkling of romance but the heroine has other stuff going on, too, like figuring out her career, family, and healing emotionally. If you’ve read and enjoyed The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole, you’ll probably like this one, too, the stories differ, but I felt like there’s a similar vibe.

Sometimes with dual POV’s, you’ll favor one much more than the other, happily, I found both of these women very easy to like, and there’s also such an entertaining sense of community established on both sides of their home swap, the supporting characters are just as engaging as Leena and her grandmother.

As mentioned, there is romance in this book, but not enough that I’d qualify it as a romance novel, so if that’s what you’re craving this might disappoint. There are hints of romance building throughout and I did like the two resulting couples, however, if I had one minor complaint, it’s that I would have preferred that their other romantic relationships were out of the way a bit earlier so that getting together could have felt slightly less rushed in the end.

While this does have some serious stuff going on, adultery, an abusive marriage, grief, and some good dramatic conflict between Leena and her mom, this book is most often humorous and uplifting. ( )
  SJGirl | Apr 9, 2024 |
This was a fun book. I enjoyed that the author brought an older person (aged 79) into the life of a younger person (aged 29) - grandmother and grandchild.

The Switch is a lighthearted novel where grandmother has just been dumped and granddaughter has just royally flubbed a work presentation. Both are suffering from grief (loss of grandchild/sibling). The two decide to switch lives, taking the elder Eileen to live in London with the younger Eileen’s (“Lena”) flatmates. Lena moves into her grandmother’s home and steps into her grandmother’s life.

Through some fun twists and turns (grandma gets on a dating site and Lena falls for the local primary school teacher) the story weaves in and out of the lives the two now lead. And without much strife, all the hiccups and loose ends are tied into a tidy bow. And yes, they all live, as expected, happily ever after. I’m not generally a huge fan of this type of “as predicted” trope, but in this case, I thoroughly enjoyed, The Switch. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
Poorly plotted (too slow to get off the ground) and less amusing compared to The Flatshare. The inclusion of elderly protagonists was well done. The MC, Eileen (age 79), made the novel worth wading through the overly-detailed slow run up to moving the story forward. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Mar 19, 2024 |
This was super cute and wasn't all silly stuff there were some serious thoughtful moments. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
“You were healing. You’re still healing. You’ll maybe always be healing. And that’s OK. It’ll just be part of what makes you you.”

“We don’t have any good words for talking about death – they’re all too small.”

“Is it really an adventure if you don't make at least one ill-advised decision?”

I thought The Switch was going to be a bit cliche with an over-focus on humour, but it ended up being a deeper story than that. There were plenty of laughs, development of relationships (both for the positive and the negative), and just enough romance. Sometimes life gets in the way of life. Through grief into the mix and it gets even more complicated. Luckily both Leena and Eileen managed to navigate it all and head off on their next adventure. ( )
  eesti23 | Nov 25, 2023 |
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For Helena and Jeannine, my brave, brilliant, inspiring grandmothers.
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"I think we should swap", I tell Bee, bobbing up into a half-squat so I can talk to her over my computer screen.
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

"Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman team up as a fun, quirky grandmother and granddaughter pair in this lively narration...The two narrators, each portraying her respective character's point of view, are a perfect match." â??AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by British actors Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, star of Hulu's Normal People.

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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"A delightful, romantic respite that is full of heart, with stellar narration and thoughtful production
to distinguish it as an audio." â?? Booklist, starred review
"A cozy, hopeful escape that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel inspired." â?? Kirkus, starred re

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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.
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