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The Switch

By: Beth O'Leary
Narrated by: Alison Steadman, Daisy Edgar-Jones
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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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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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Heart warming delightful emotional and entertaining! One not to miss.

This was a an other superb enjoyable delight from Beth O’Leary. I could not stop listening. Fun, smiles and tears. The characters develop as the story unfolds. A joy. Thank you Beth. I recommend this to those who want a journey through life with love a bit of sadness romance and family. Thanks for such a lovely entertaining heart warming story.

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Heartwarming

Lovely easy listening with just the right balance of quirkiness and emotion.
Excellent, clear narration.

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A heartwarming story

Loved this book. Loved the narrators. Loved the theme that it’s never too late to have fun!

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Engaging Story

Right from the start I knew I would love this book and it didn't disappoint! Equal in humour to Flat Share with more engaging characters and stronger themes 😅 Can't wait for the next book

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Lovely escapism story

Can definitely recommend- Clever, Witty , empathetic and detailed.Loved listening to the two actors.
Was sad when it ended.

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Heart warming down to earth

loved it Made me laugh cry and think well read with feeling and compassion .l throughly enjoyed it .Thank you all .

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Strangely good and a quirky idea

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Does anyone listen to these before they get released?
Overall a great story and something I wouldn't normally listen to.

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Excellent story. I was gripped by the duel stories running through. I enjoyed how the Audible recording is read by two actresses; both give excellent, believable performances. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Brilliant Read

I loved 'The Flatshare' and was excited to listen to Beth's new book. 'The Switch' is a brilliant book that I couldn't stop listening to it. Quite often with a book with two narrators I often want to know what one character is up to while in the other's story, this was not the case with 'The Switch' I was fully immersed in both Leena's and Eileen's story whoever was narrating. I got swept up with the emotions of both characters throughout the story and found both characters very relatable.

Both Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones did fantastic jobs at narrating both characters and were very believable as the characters and I enjoyed both their portrayals.

I would recommend it as a read or a listen.

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