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READ PDF õ The Switch ñ Eileen is sick of being Leena s tired of life in her twentiesMaybe it s time they swapped placesWhen 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 gentlemenOnce 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 difficult than either of them expectedLeena 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 Oh I loved it so much I have so much LOVE for this book After reading The Flat Share last year, The Switch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and I certainly was not disappointed It is a beautiful story, with lovely characters and settings and I really couldn t get enough.Now you might think that a swap between a 29 year old and a 79 year old is ridiculous but you have not met Eileen She is a newly single women, since he husband walked out on her, and she lives with her cats A Oh I loved it so much I have so much LOVE for this book After reading The Flat Share last year, The Switch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and I certainly was not disappointed It is a beautiful story, with lovely characters and settings and I really couldn t get enough.Now you might think that a swap between a 29 year old and a 79 year old is ridiculous but you have not met Eileen She is a newly single women, since he husband walked out on her, and she lives with her cats Ant and Dec I loved this little detail She wants to find love again but her little village in Yorkshire has slim pickings meanwhile, her beloved grand daughter Leena is struggling in her high powered, highly stressful job in London She has messed up royally and been ordered to take a 2 month sabbatical to sort her head out She head to Yorkshire to visit her grandmother and the pair decide to swap lives for a while Leena will stay in Yorkshire and look after Eileen s life while Eileen heads to London and moves in with Leena s flat mates and looks for love It is a hilarious and at times sad adventure for the both and they really discover who they are and what is missing from their lives Friendships, family, love and priorities are all important to both women I was immediately immersed in the lives of these wonder characters and was sad when it was over I cannot recommend this book Beth O Leary proves that her brilliant debut The Flatshire was no fluke with this smashing follow up, the perfect reading material for our anxious and self isolated times 79 year old Eileen Cotton s husband, Wade has recently left her for a dance instructor, and for the tree climbing Eileen, she is far from addled, she is searching for sex, love and another man Living in the Yorkshire Dales and the tiny village of Hamleigh in Harksdale, there are slim pickings, as Eileen reflects on how she ha Beth O Leary proves that her brilliant debut The Flatshire was no fluke with this smashing follow up, the perfect reading material for our anxious and self isolated times 79 year old Eileen Cotton s husband, Wade has recently left her for a dance instructor, and for the tree climbing Eileen, she is far from addled, she is searching for sex, love and another man Living in the Yorkshire Dales and the tiny village of Hamleigh in Harksdale, there are slim pickings, as Eileen reflects on how she had planned on going to London before pregnancy and marriage Living in a warehouse flat in Shoreditch, London, over achieving Leena has a panic attack during a presentation to a client, forced into a two month sabbatical by her boss, she visits her grandmother, Eileen, in Yorkshire Upon learning of her grandmother s dilemma, she suggests they swap lives and switch homes.The Cotton women are still heavily in the throes of an unbearable loss and grief, one that has resulted in an estrangement with Leena still raging against her mother Both Eileen and Leena are indomitable organisers, with Leena pitching in with local gossiping Neighbourhood Watch Committee, their activities and May Day celebrations After an initially disheartening experience in London, Eileen is aided by Leena s friend Bee in compiling a profile for dating apps, and before long she is juggling men like there is no tomorrow An inveterate meddler in the lives of others, Eileen is a hit with well nigh everyone, particularly Leena s flatmates like Fitz, becoming a veritable whirlwind as she plans and sets up the Silver Shoreditch Social Club after discovering the elderly isolated Letitia Whilst there are the odd flies in the ointment for both women, such as a scamming attempt, both women have a whale of a time O Leary has a remarkable talent in writing with wit, charm and humour whilst creating the kind of characters you cannot help but adore The real star of this novel is undoubtedly the unforgettable and strong Eileen, willing to do the right thing by protecting her granddaughter even whilst knowing that will once again bring heartbreak to her Life will never be the same again for either woman, the new adventures, love and challenges in their lives offer them the opportunity to process and come to terms with their grief whilst allowing them opportunities to evolve their identities to be who they are now It is worth mentioning whilst so many of us are pushed into enforced isolation at the moment for who knows how long, many of the elderly have loneliness imposed on them at all times by families and communities Which explains why I found Eileen s recognition of this and her efforts to establish the Silver Shoreditch Social Club so wonderfully amazing Highly recommended Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC this is exactly the kind of wholesome, endearing, and sweet content everyone needs in their lives right now so it makes me so sad that i didnt love this as much as i wanted to, but its definitely not the books fault i just wasnt in the mood for such a slow, character driven novel the entire story is explained in the synopsis nothing new is given to the reader, everything that happens is mentioned in the blurb so there really wasnt anything for me to look forward to in terms of plot because this is exactly the kind of wholesome, endearing, and sweet content everyone needs in their lives right now so it makes me so sad that i didnt love this as much as i wanted to, but its definitely not the books fault i just wasnt in the mood for such a slow, character driven novel the entire story is explained in the synopsis nothing new is given to the reader, everything that happens is mentioned in the blurb so there really wasnt anything for me to look forward to in terms of plot because i already knew how the story would play out thats not always a bad thing, especially if a reader is able to connect to the characters, but i definitely needfrom this i checked out here and there because there wasnt anything happening i almost felt bored, which is a shame because this has such an adorable message i think those who are enjoy unhurried stories, quaint english villages, and likeable characters who want what they deserve will really appreciate this 3.5 stars From this day forward, I should only read about elderly people.Yes, I am only 22, and no, I do not enjoy the real life opinions or habits of our society s most aged individuals, but I am tired of the antics of young people.This book, for example, follows a grandma grandkid duo who swap lives, and I ran out of energy for the younger half of the cast on approximately page 7 Which is unfortunate, because Leena the aforementioned grandkid, who is actually a grown woman in her 20s being extremely From this day forward, I should only read about elderly people.Yes, I am only 22, and no, I do not enjoy the real life opinions or habits of our society s most aged individuals, but I am tired of the antics of young people.This book, for example, follows a grandma grandkid duo who swap lives, and I ran out of energy for the younger half of the cast on approximately page 7 Which is unfortunate, because Leena the aforementioned grandkid, who is actually a grown woman in her 20s being extremely stupid and trusting all the wrong people and then realizing 15 pages before the end that this is billed as a romance novel and she wasn t in love and would therefore have to mash her face into what seemed to me to be a random mananyway, all that nonsense took up waythan half of our page time.Tough for me, because this would have been at least 4 stars if it was even mostly about Eileen, a badass octogenarian finding herself and having casual sex in the big city Alas, I am doomed to a life of suffering.Plus there s only about a 9% chance I would have picked this up if that were the synopsis, so Upsides and downsides In conclusion, I loved Eileen but Leena s character arc was the bane of my existence and I would like to find one of those rubber sticky hand toys from my childhood that were extremely fun for all of 15 minutes before they lost their stickiness and got dusty and gross and hit her with it.Like SPOILERS, but view spoiler You re telling me she thinks her grandma made up seeing her boyfriend kiss another woman You re telling me she rejects her crush because she loves her boyfriend and only settles for the crush when she confirms that the boyfriend cheated on her hide spoiler Unsubscribe.And that s not even the only annoying thing about this I mean, I sometimes don t think books have room for both a romance plotline and a finding yourself plotline, so no shock that jamming two of each into 400 pages wasn t the most stellar reading experience of my life, but still.I also get frustrated when the lead characters are Two Perfect Angels who have Had Their Hearts Broken But Never Did Anything Wrong, Ever, In Their Lives Let s get some screwups going, people If I wanted to read about saints I would pick up religious texts, not newly released British romcoms Bottom line Only old people deserve rights didn t think i d ever prefer the second chance romance of an elderly woman to the christmas movie style high powered consultant who moves to a little village, but it turns out anything s possible.review to come 2.5 stars so maybe i only read british rom coms nowand what about it i found out about this book 5 minutes ago and approx 4 minutes and 58 seconds ago it became the only thing i care about