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The Switch: the joyful and uplifting Sunday Times bestseller (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Description du produit
Quatrième de couverture
'SO CHARMING, SO SWEET AND SO LOVELY' MARIAN KEYES
Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
It's time for The Switch...
After blowing a big presentation at work, Leena takes a two-month sabbatical and 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 gentlemen . . . A life swap seems the perfect solution.
But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the distractingly handsome local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn't straightforward. In London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?
'Blissful escapism' Daily Mail
'The feel-good read we all need right now' Stylist
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
Revue de presse
Eileen Cotton proves you don't have to be in your thirties to be Bridget Jones. A triumph of a second novel (Anstey Harris, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick THE TRUTHS AND TRIUMPHS OF GRACE ATHERTON)
I am blown away. I didn't think Beth could top The Flatshare but she has. It sparkles with wit, warmth and compassion. It deserves to be huge! (Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of The Evidence Against You)
Beth O'Leary has absolutely smashed it out of the park with The Switch. Brilliant, warm, funny, full of heart. Completely loved it! (Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For)
Heartwarming and uplifting. Everyone should have an Eileen in their life! (Heidi Swain, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE CHRISTMAS WISH LIST)
An utterly gorgeous, beautiful book, full of feeling ... a heart-warming reminder about the importance of always keeping our hearts (and minds) open. (Lindsey Kelk)
O'Leary does it again! The Switch is a warm, funny and feisty tale of generational location swapping that will have you laughing and tearing up in equal measure. Populated by a cast of characters you'll wish you knew in real life. It's an absolute joy from beginning to end (MIKE GAYLE, author of Half a World Away)
Utterly charming and uplifting, The Switch is bursting with love and warmth and humour. Another wonderful book from Beth O'Leary (LOUISE O'NEILL, author of AFTER THE SILENCE)
This delicious slice of feelgood fiction is a real tonic (Sunday Mirror)
This sparky, upbeat romcom balances riffs on the generation gap with heavier topics including grief and infidelity (Mail on Sunday)
You'll find yourself rooting for the main characters, especially Eileen, the real star of this cheerful novel. A perfect tonic for anxious times (The People)
A sparkling romantic read with characters that leap off the page. It's another triumph for this talented writer (Woman & Home)
ingenious plot (Prima)
O'Leary's funny, heartwarming novel about finding your true self in unexpected places will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face (Daily Mail)
a lovely comedy with a special message (Sunday Post Dundee)
We laughed, we cried and we loved it! (Fabulous Magazine)
Utterly charming, this uplifting book is guaranteed to be another outstanding success (Hot Brands, Cool Places)
The heart-warming story we all need right now (Bella)
blissful escapism from our current isolated reality (Daily Mail)
Fun, heart-warming and brimming with hope. Eileen and her zest for life will inspire you long after the last page (heat)
A charming, uplifting read (Daily Mirror)
Emotionally absorbing, witty and bursting with warmth - a treat for fans of Marian Keyes and Jill Mansell (Daily Express)
A lovely, heart-warming read (Best)
I'm not going to beat around the bush here, I adored The Switch (Daily Record)
Author of The Flatshare, O'Leary brings us another read that feels like a warm hug. Another triumph of a novel (Woman's Weekly)
A warm, witty, weepy read (Female First) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B07PY4MDLZ
- Éditeur : Quercus (16 avril 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 1949 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Activé
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 338 pages
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 3,199 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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Onto the story in itself, shall we? I absolutely loved the storyline, gran and granddaughter switching theirs lives, going from London to Yorkshire countryside to cut off from work and from Yorkshire countryside to London to find an adventure.
It felt like Eileen could've been a mixture of both my grandmas and it was just very cute to be put in their shoes, a bit. Her character is absolutely lovable, especially in the way she loves to bring elderlies together, whether it is in Yorkshire or in Shoreditch.
I think I prefered the "Eileen" side of the story, because it is a little less conventional, as we tend to read fewer novels based around people being almost 80. And it was really nice to see how life is, at this age - it certainly is less calm than we can imagine, especially in such as small village! With that said, I also enjoyed Leena's character, as she is quite similar to me in some aspects. But yeah, Eileen senior for the win!
For some reason, I wish to see this book as a movie, as I could not stop picturing Meryl Streep as Eileen haha!
If you loved The Flat Share, you will probably enjoy this book too! Beth O'Leary's writing style is fabulous for sure! However, I might have missed a little bit of the extra fluff there was in The Flat Share... which probably cost the - 0.5 ⭐️... Cannot wait to read The Road Trip next!
Completement different de "Flat share" mais tout aussi brilliant!
Parle de sujets bien actuel comme le "dating" des trentenaires, des seconds ages ou meme des single mom/dad, du deuil...
Délassant, mais aussi intriguant, j'ai eu du mal à ne pas tout dévorer d'une traite.
Without pathos, with lots of fun and some insight on what could help in time of bereavment
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The Switch, Beth O’Leary’s follow up to The Flatshare, did not disappoint. Again, it’s a story from two perspectives - a granddaughter and a grandmother.
Leena, a 20 something high achiever in London, has struggled with her mental health and at work after the death of her sister, Carla. Leena’s manager directs her to take two months leave. She finds herself at a loose end.
Seventy nine year old Eileen, Leena’s grandmother, is in Leeds, Yorkshire. She’s had a tumultuous few years – her husband left her for another woman, her granddaughter died, and she’s been looking after her daughter who has also struggled since Carla’s death.
Leena and Eileen are close – talking on the phone regularly. Eileen suggests the two of them swap places in life. Eileen went to stay at Leena’s London apartment with her flatmates, and Leena went to Eileen’s cottage in Yorkshire. They even swapped phones, and Eileen borrowed a Leena’s high heels.
They fit in to each other’s lifestyles well – making friends and building communities. They try new things - Eileen tried online dating (and helps Leena’s friend with her dating), and ales a tried her hand at event planning.
Throw in a gaslighting, cheating boyfriend - Ethan; a casual affair - Todd, an actor from the west end; and a new flame - Jackson - and there’s the romance. There’s also some same sex relationships and mentions about about diverse families. The secondary characters get good coverage - especially Eileen and Leena’s friends.
There are some funny scenes - especially involving Eileen and her well meaning meddling. While Eileen and Leena don’t speak as much during their life swap, they always have each other’s back. I wasn’t close to my grandmother, and I do wish I had the strong bond Eileen and Leena have.
There were some themes around grief too - which moved me as I read this on the eve of the anniversary of the death of my best friend.
This is a book about intergenerational friendships and unexpected happiness through a change of scenery.
“I couldn’t have figured myself out if I’d not been someone else”, Leena said. A poignant line in a really lovely book. Thanks Beth.
I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrators. It was a quick read, but I didn’t want it to end.
On the face of it, The Switch is a charming tale about 79 year-old Eileen Cotton and her granddaughter Leena, who swap lives for a couple of months to get themselves out of their respective funks. Grandma goes of to the bright lights of London to try her hand at internet dating, while Leena takes over Eileen’s multiple ‘projects’ in her northern, country village.
The story is predictable, warm and funny, full of endearing characters, and an absolute joy to read. But — and this is what makes it special — it’s not all puff and fluff. As she did in The Flatshare, O’Leary weaves in some beautiful layers that add an unexpectedly rich texture to an already wonderful narrative.
Scratch the surface and beneath the fun, flirting, and frivolity, you’ll find subtle, darker shades — of loss, grief and loneliness and of mental health. None of these are overplayed, but they do draw out your sympathies enough to make you pause and reflect.
The storyline plays out to script. By half-way through, you know pretty much how it’s going to end. But, that’s okay and does nothing to diminish the enjoyment of the ride. It’s the getting there that counts.
I confess, I wasn’t a huge fan of Eileen’s sexual shenanigans. At 79? I mean, come on! Love and companionship, yes. Cosy cuddles, absolutely! But, hot lust? No, no, no, no, no! That said, I do love how O’Leary gives her older characters bold personalities and would like to think of myself as an Eileen in the making.
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As well as reading the book on kindle I was also listening to the book on audible and I think that helped me to better understand the characters in a way.
Would definitely recommend this as a top read. First book I have read by Beth O’Leary - cannot wait to read her debut novel Flatshare and also The Road Trip when it comes out next year.
Only negative (and isnt really a negative) is the last 2 or 3 chapters of both Eileen and Leenas journey felt rushed and alot was jammed into a small amount of time so it felt rushed and not as detailed however as previously stated, it isnt really a proper negative. I loved the story all the same