From Goodreads: “A grandmother and granddaughter swap lives in The Switch, a charming, romantic novel by Beth O’Leary.
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 neighbours. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighbourhood 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. “
This was such a brilliant audiobook and one of my favourites this year!
I loved this simple story of a Grandmother and Granddaughter swapping lives for 2 months. Eileen and Leena were fantastic characters who I emphasised with from the beginning of the book. I must confess that Eileen was my favourite out of the two of them, it was so good to have an older woman portrayed in such a favourable light. I especially enjoyed her getting to grips with going online to find a new man, and her dating adventures! I also loved how she fitted in so well with Leena’s flat mates and how she got to know the neighbours too.
There were a lot of laughs in this book, and some stand out scenes that had me laughing out loud or cheering. It’s a good job I wasn’t in public as I would definitely have got some puzzled looks!
I absolutely loved Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones performances they were superb and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to anything by them again.
I can see why there’s so much love for the The Flatshare now, and I’m delighted that I’ve still got that audiobook listen to. I’ve also just added her next book, The Road Trip, to my audible wishlist, even though it’s not due for publication until next year!
If you enjoy contemporary fiction you’ll definitely love this on audio.
Thanks so much NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for my digital copy via the NetGalley app.