The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

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The Switch by Beth O’Leary is a fun and interesting audiobook to listen to. The story is endearing with its multigenerational cast of characters who have a host of quirky personalities. As well, both narrators are engaging to listen to and really bring the story to life.

The Switch by Beth O’LearyTitle: The Switch
Author: Beth O'Leary
Narrator: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Alison Steadman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 long-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.

So they decide to try a two-month swap.

Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects.

But stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find true love? In Beth O'Leary's The Switch, it's never too late to change everything....or to find yourself.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

The Switch by Beth O’Leary: Audiobook REview

I have really been in the mood for some lighthearted reading right now and The Switch really fits the bill. While there are some issues that both Leena and Eileen are struggling with, there are so many warm and humorous aspects to the story that make this book really enjoyable. It is hard to pick a favourite, but hearing about Eileen’s experiences online dating are laugh-out-loud at times.

❀ Eileen is a favourite

Eileen is definitely a favourite character in the book as she quickly adapts to city life in her granddaughter’s apartment. The way she inspires the people in the building to come together and create a common space for gathering is admirable. She is a down-to-earth woman who seems to help everyone, even if it is sometimes a bit meddlesome.

❀ Well-narrated audiobook

The narration of this audiobook is also quite well-done. Having two narrators to give the perspectives of Leena and Eileen really gives depth to the characters. If you are familiar with the actresses, Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) and Alison Steadman (Pride and Prejudice, Orphan Black), you are in for a real treat. Alison Steadman brings so much life to Eileen’s character and I couldn’t imagine reading this book any other way.

❀ Enjoyable contemporary romance

The Switch by Beth O’Leary will be really enjoyed by fans of contemporary romance and multigenerational stories . It is a heartfelt book that will bring out lots of emotions. I highly recommend this well-narrated audiobook.

About Beth O'Leary

Beth O'Leary

Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

23 thoughts on “The Switch by Beth O’Leary

  1. Sam@wlabb says:

    Yeah! So glad to hear you enjoyed this. I hope to read it, because The Flatshare was a hit for me. I also love multigenerational stories and have a soft spot for grandmas.

  2. Dorothy Boucher says:

    This sounds like a wonderful audio book, I enjoy reading and sometimes I like it when I am gifted an audio book to listen and relax to .

  3. Dianna says:

    I listened to this audiobook as well. I loved Eileen — really couldn’t have cared less about Leena, but Eileen’s story was great. The narration was perfect!

  4. Eva Millien says:

    The Switch sounds like a great audiobook to listen to, thanks for sharing your review and have an awesome weekend!

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