The Switch – Published 2020
“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 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.
Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.
Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?” – Goodreads
Because I have no self control, I ordered this one from Book Depository because the US version doesn’t come out for a few days. Then, NetGalley added the audiobook for everyone to enjoy. So, here we are, two days before this book releases in the US, a paperback copy I’ve had for months and never opened, finally having finished reading this gem.
The audiobook for this one is delightful. I really enjoyed both narrators for this alternating perspectives novel.
I had really high expectations for this one after adoring The Flatshare, and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s a 5 star read for me, but it doesn’t top The Flatshare for me.
This one gives me the same vibes as The Holiday, one of my favorite movies. It’s a sweet, funny, endearing story of a granddaughter and grandmother who switch places (phones, homes, cities, responsibilities), and it’s wonderful.
If you’re looking for a sweet and low stress read, I highly recommend the audio for this one!
TW: cancer, loss of a loved one