Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary


Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and L Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire.

But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?


Leena has the opportunity to have a two month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work. Eileen, her grandmother is newly single, living in rural Yorkshire and a solid part of the little community. They decide to swap lives.

The Switch is such a charming book that’s full of warmth and perfect if you’re in need of a feel-good read. It’s a book that you’d snuggle up with a cup of tea that has such an inviting and cosy feel to it – it’s a special one.

We follow the grandmother, Eileen and her granddaughter Leena, with the chapters switching between the two as they embark on their new, temporary lives. We see Eileen trying out the dating pool in London, while Leena takes a step back from the hustle and bustle of city life and emerge her self in the small countryside village.

Both their stories were brilliant, with the perfect amount of joy and laughter, and emotional moments too as they deal with grief in their past and the effect it is having today. The side characters aided Leena and Eileen beautifully, with a range of eccentric, fun and wild side characters that really bought the book to life.

It was lovely to see all the new (and old) relationships blossom, with Eileen trying to build a new community, while enjoying the company of Leena’s best friend and Leena, trying her best to fill her grandma’s shoes and meeting school teacher Jackson. As much as I would have liked to see a few more scenes with those two in, it was about Eileen and Leena and their growth.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was such a wonderful gem of a book and another beautifully written story by Beth O’Leary. The Switch is a hit and provides a lovely, charming escape.

Buy The Switch by Beth O’Leary from £1.65

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