The Switch (Hardback)Beth O'Leary (author)
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The author of the hugely popular The Flatshare returns with a new story full of heart. The Switch is simply delicious: Eileen, aged 79, and her granddaughter Leena – both looking for a bit of a change – decide to swap places for eight weeks. When Leena escapes to a sleepy Yorkshire village and Eileen takes her place in a trendy London flatshare, things get very interesting, very quickly. Delightful and witty, The Switch is a brilliant feel-good story celebrating the unpredictability of life.
Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena's tired of life in her twenties.
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 eighty. 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?
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm
'Beth has done it again! Warm, witty, and a cast of characters I wish I was friends with - I truly loved it!' - Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop
'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 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
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