The Switch

The Switch

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 21/01/2021
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The Switch
Beautiful story with developed characters!
This was such a beautiful story with developed characters some of whom you fall in love with and root for throughout the book. Eileen is absolutely class! ... READ MORE
Helen Dipietro
The Switch
So Sweet!
Where do I even begin?! I did not expect to love this book as much as I did! I’m a big fan of multiple POV’s but you do run the risk of having a charact... READ MORE
Eden at Martlesham


Eileen is sick of being 79. Leena's tired of life in her twenties. Maybe it's time they swapped places... 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 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. Once Leena learns of Eileen's romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. 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. Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn't as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect - and distractingly handsome - school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787475021
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 255g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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The Switch
Warming and Home Baked
Eileen is 79 years old and a few months ago her husband left her for a dance teacher. Eileen is being independent but she misses male company and, after ma... READ MORE
Laura McToal
The Switch
Be more like the Cotton women!
What a delightful book! I could not put this down, and stayed up to 1am finishing it. I loved every character in this book and feel each character brought ... READ MORE
Amy West
The Switch
Great book!
I really loved this audiobook and I enjoyed it very much. It was an easy going, comforting book about a grandmother called Eileen and her grandaughter Len... READ MORE
Catherine  Craig
The Switch
Loved it
I finished this a couple of weeks ago and have only just got round to writing my review but I LOVED it! After all the hyped reviews and loving The Flatshar... READ MORE
Emma B
The Switch
Amazing, funny and addictive!
Leena Cotton is ordered to take time off work to de-stress; Eileen Cotton wants an adventure before she turns 80 – the duo decide to switch! With Leena tak... READ MORE
Michelle Kelly
The Switch
This, to me, was perfect!
I'm just going to come out and say it, this book was great. It ticked all of my boxes, I read it all in a day and I just feel lucky that I got to enjoy thi... READ MORE
Catriona Merryweather
The Switch
Just what was needed
This book seems to be just exactly what we need in these difficult times. It's easy and charming, full of wonderful characters but never becoming cloying o... READ MORE
The Switch
A genuis storyline
Another amazing book by O'Leary! I was thrilled to get my hands on this book. Following her other fantastic read Flatshare, I had high hopes for this one a... READ MORE
The Switch
Fantastic read!
Leena Cotton is ordered to take time off work to de-stress; Eileen Cotton wants an adventure before she turns 80 – the duo decide to switch!  With Leena ta... READ MORE
Michelle Kelly
The Switch
Wonderfully Charming
Being my first book since having a break from reading, this was a great place to start. Brilliant, funny and charming. If you’re looking for a simple uplif... READ MORE
Caitlin  Connelly
The Switch
Romps along in a feel-good vein
Leena Cotton has been throwing herself into work in an attempt to keep going after the death of her sister. But she is not coping and eventually her employ... READ MORE
Ros B
The Switch
Book Club Crowd Pleaser
Lovely easy read which I chose for my book club. Everyone has enjoyed it as the characters are relatable. The Switch is a comfort read. There are a few goo... READ MORE
The Switch
Absolutely fascinating read!
I have been in a reading slump for ages, and I'm happy to say that this book has motivated me to read plenty of books again! I rate this book a 4 out of 5.... READ MORE
Niamh Riley-Watson
The Switch
Completely Joyful
Completely joyful. The Switch is crammed with lovable, three dimensional people and believable relationships in all their complexities. Funny, moving, bing... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
The Switch
Such a charming and easy read, with an emotional layer!
Rounded down from roughly 4.5 stars ⭐️ This was my first Beth O’Leary book but it absolutely will not be my last. The Switch follows Leena and her grandmo... READ MORE
Eloise Spencer
The Switch
Great fun
Meant to be working at home today. I just thought i'd have a cuppa and a chapter of this book before I started. Big mistake! Several hours later I've just ... READ MORE
sara walker
The Switch
A cosy & uplifting read
After losing her sister, Carla, to cancer Leena is heartbroken. She buries herself in work & London life while keeping her distance from her once close fam... READ MORE
Gemma Rose
The Switch
Good story
Lovely story and good characters. I especially enjoyed Eileen's chapters. Though world building and character development are good, the writing style for m... READ MORE
The Switch
Superb read
Really enjoyed reading, The Switch. This was the first Beth O'Leary book that I had read. I continued to think about the characters when I wasn't reading t... READ MORE
Emma Blackman
The Switch
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
The Switch by Beth O’Leary is a fabulous read and very entertaining and the Cotton women, the mother, the grandmother and the daughter/ granddaughter were ... READ MORE
Christine Rennie