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Summary

Eileen is sick of being 79. 

Leena's tired of life in her 20s. 

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 80. 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? 

©2020 Beth O'Leary Ltd (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Feel good- but not quite believable

I downloaded this book because I had enjoyed’The Flat Share’. However, This book wasn’t quite as well put together. Felt that the older characters were too old to be doing the things described, and I can’t see a reason for them having to be so old. Had they been 10 years younger, it would have been much more believable. It was a warm-hearted tale but perhaps a little trite and stretched the limits of reality a little too much.

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Defo get!!!

Such an amazing book I haven’t stopped listening all day, I haven’t laughed at a book like this in a long time, so funny. Love the characters. Beth O’Leary is amazing I loved this one as much as the flat share and can’t wait for her to bring out another. I will 100% be listening to this book again and again.

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An average listen the narrator has a habit of making very noisy mouth sounds ... it’s off putting

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Not as good a previous book by same author

okay if you are looking for happy ending distracting trash in lockdown. Shame as really enjoyed Flatmate by same author

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Excellent book!

i bought this immediately after finishing Flatshare in hope it could be nearly half as good. I gave Flatshare 5* and this is even better! its a roller-coaster of emotions, often funny, sometimes gloriously sad, always brilliant! If Beth O'Leary isn't the successor to JK Rowling as a world
class writing sensation there's no justice in the world!

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Hard to listen to the Audio

One of the voices is really difficult to listen to if you have misophonia :-( I’m struggling to get to the end of chapter 2.

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As close to perfect as you can get!!

Anyone who has read The Flatshare will have been waiting with bated breath for the new book by Beth O'Leary. And believe me, this does not disappoint! I'll be honest this would not normally be the type of book I would listen to but after reading the reviews for The Flatshare and loving it, I had pre-ordered The Switch and waited patiently. It was worth the wait and more, a book filled with fun, emotion and above all heart. Rarely have I laughed out loud so much. Special mention to Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, who both give a masterclass on how to perfectly capture the characters and lift them from the page, outstanding. I cannot recommend both books by Beth O'Leary highly enough.

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Brilliant narration of a fab book!

I loved Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, The Flatshare and was hoping her second book, The Switch, would live up to her earlier work. I’m pleased to say it absolutely did! The Switch was a fun, heartwarming story that I enjoyed immensely. The narrators, Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones were perfect choices for Eileen and Leena. 5 star performances all round!

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Another hit

If you like The Flat Share then you’ll love this book even more. Such lovable characters & perfect narration.

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Boring and predictable

Boring and predictable. Would not recommend. I found the interfering particularly annoying. Lena gives up a career cos she finds a man etc.. Didnt enjoy it.

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  • Lina
  • 17-03-21

Narrator

Book was fun to hear but I was hearing the narrator’s mouth clicks all through! I had to stop listening several times so I cohld focus on something else.
The books itself is really nice and fun to hear. Light, yet has a message behind it.



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  • Bronwyn
  • 31-01-21

Brilliant!

Narrators were perfect. Story was so well written. Characters were believable and relatable. I had genuine moments of joy and fun, with a few laugh out loud moments too. I thoroughly recommend this story. It’s an A+!
(And if you haven’t heard The Flatshare by the same author, download it now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-21

easy and funny love story

Really nice book, sometimes funny, I love how it shows the world from young end old perspective, the love story in the book is expected from the beginning so there is not much anticipation, but still a great listen :)

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