Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’leary

This was another fabulous read by this author and she is now officially on my auto-buy list.

‘The Switch’ is a very interesting and witty story about Leena and her 79 year old grandmother Eileen. They are both at crossroads in their individual lives and make a spur of the moment decision to switch places for two months. Their experiences during this time as they walk in each other’s shoes help them to see life from different perspectives and evolve into the people that they really want to be. The major themes in this story include overcoming loss and grief, family dynamics, love, second chances and new adventures.

Reading this book was such a fun experience. I laughed a lot because Eileen’s character was the real deal. She is who I want to be when I am 79. In fact, I loved most of the elderly characters in this book because of their lack of filters and how they make you realize that a lot of things we bother ourselves about when we are younger have no real value later in life. As always, hindsight is a good thing. I also liked the way the author presented the issues that come with loss and grief which was so relatable and yet heartwarming. Although I had a slow start with the book, immediately I got into it, I was hooked. Beth O’Leary has done it again with this one and I am eager to read ‘The Road Trip‘ also by her soonest.

I obviously highly recommend this book as you can see from my rating.

Rating: 5 Stars

Published:  April 16th 2020 by Quercus

Pages: 336

Genre: Contemporary Romance


The Author:

Beth O'Leary

Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work. You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).


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