Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

“When people talk about loss, they always say you’ll never be the same, that it will change you, leave a hole in your life … But when you lose somebody you love, you don’t lose everything they gave you. They leave something with you.”

Published in 2020, The Switch by Beth O’Leary follows 79-year-old Eileen and her twenty-something granddaughter, Leena, who are both tired of life. So maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical, 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. So they decide to swap houses for two months. 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.

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