Book: “The Switch” by Beth O’Leary
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The Switch” by Beth O’Leary is a novel about Leena and Eileen, a grandmother and granddaughter that both need a change to jumpstart their lives. With a previous family tragedy hanging heavy in the air, young professional Leena is overloaded at work and about to have a breakdown. She is given a forced paid vacation by her job and she decides to switch homes with her grandmother and spend some time in the small town of Hamleigh. Her divorced grandmother will come and stay in London to try her hand at online dating. Will switching places help these two women to reconnect and sort out their lives?
This book was an adorable, fun and fast read! The main characters were both likeable, but the grandmother Eileen stole the show! Her storyline was interesting, entertaining and quite funny at times. I loved the online dating sections and the messages sent between parties. Another highlight of the book were the dynamic familial relationships which were moving and emotional. It is important to note, I did not find the younger character Leena to be extremely likable. Her storyline was fine, but I just wasn’t as interested in her. However, between the three generations of women, the dialogue and sentiment was strong and will leave a lasting impression on readers.
Recommendation: This book is set in England, so readers should expect British humor and a matching dialect to be used. For fun, enjoy this one with a calming cup of tea.