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The Switch: A Novel av Beth O'Leary

The Switch: A Novel (utgåvan 2020)

av Beth O'Leary (Författare)

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Titel:The Switch: A Novel
Författare:Beth O'Leary (Författare)
Info:Flatiron Books (2020), 336 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


The Switch av Beth O'Leary


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Sweet comfortable journey through loss and self discovery for the women of the Cotton family.

Three generations are present in the story with events focusing mostly on the two women sharing a name, the grandmother Eileen and her granddaughter Leina as they literally switch places for two months. Eileen recovering from divorce, loss and just needing a change of pace makes her way from her cozy hamlet to the hipster arts district in London where she stays in Leina’s flat and gives Tinder a try. Leina after a nervous breakdown at work is put on sabbatical and goes to her grandmother’s quiet house to mind her “projects” and learn to unplug.

All the women are still mourning the loss of one of their own Leina’s sister - and learning how to be family after such anger and sadness has come between them.

Absolutely loved the narration and listening to the elderly neighbors become more human in Leina’s eyes; and hearing Eileen navigate the isolated tumult of city life and romance.

A funny cozy lovely read and frankly it was perfect for me in this time of pandemic isolation and smoke blackened skies so thank you Publisher for the opportunity and discovery of the author.
  BookSnug | Aug 19, 2021 |
I like the overall idea and plot of the books and the characters, but I did not care for the swearing. Fortunately, the sex was not in too much detail, more PG-13, than R. I doubt I will read this author again. ( )
  eliorajoy | Jul 3, 2021 |
I loved this book - and the narration. Just putting that all out at the start...

The Switch isn't a book I would normally request from NetGalley but audiobooks are brand new there and I love audiobooks! The selection isn't huge just yet so I figured I'd try something out of my usual categories which run much darker than this.

I'm so glad I gave it a try. The situations the characters found themselves in, the humor throughout, and the deeply emotional aspects all worked so well. I didn't want it to end.

Absolutely recommended!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the audiobook. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Eileen Collins, the Grandmother of the story, really "stole the show" on this book. I took off one star because the beginning was not well written. It did not immediately draw me in to the story and I almost abandoned the book. I'm very glad I stuck with it to get to meet Eileen. Leena did grow on me after awhile, but I must admit I was less interested in her, perhaps because I am closer in age to Eileen. You will like this book if you like a snapshot of Yorkshire village life, and the idea that you are never too old to turn over a new leaf and try new things. ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
{Stand-alone. Chicklit, romance} (2020)

Leena Cotton is the youngest ever executive at her corporate management company but now, because of her long hours, she's burned out and ordered to take a two month sabbatical by her boss. On a visit to Yorkshire to visit her grandma, Eileen Cotton (whom she's named after) she impulsively decides that they should switch places for the two months so her grandmother can have the London adventure that she missed out on when she got married.

So Eileen goes down to London and organises Leena's friends' lives while Leena moves into her grandma's house and takes over her duties. Both of them are very organised, always making and ticking off their lists but the switch gives them, and their respective friends, a different perspective on life.

And they do need to move on because, just over a year before the story begins, Leena's younger sister Carla lost her battle with cancer. Leena will have to face her mother, whom she's angry with because she didn't want Carla to try an experimental procedure that Leena felt might have helped.

This is a book about families and friendships; the three Cotton ladies, their multitude of friends and the friends of theirs who have young children. Don't get me wrong, there is romance - more than one; in fact, several. (One criticism; there were a couple of 'movie moments' where two people accidentally ended up nose to nose to create romantic suspense that didn't quite ring true.) But the focus is on family, of all generations.

I liked this even more than O'Leary's The Flatshare.

April 2021
3.5-4 stars ( )
  humouress | May 3, 2021 |
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