Yup, it’s September and we’re still pretty much quarantined. At this point, it’s a choice we made for our extended family. I’m sad about the cancelled trips we had (Disneyland & Grand Canyon for Spring Break, camping over the summer, and more adventurous locations) which for various reasons never came to fruition. I’m thankful that I was able to listen to the The Switch by Beth O’Leary thanks to NetGalley. This cozy read was just what I needed to escape and get away. The Switch was a fun exploration of the differences in the city and village life in England, told from two different generational points of view. The story follows a grandmother and a granddaughter as they wade through a challenging season of life. As they switch living arrangements and experience a little bit of each others’ lives, they grow to learn more about each other and most importantly, themselves.
Allison Steadman, a prolific and well respected British actress, gives Ilene a warm and endearing voice as she navigates the big city life in London. Daisy Edgar-Jones, also an established actress, voices the vulnerable Lena as she pulls herself up from a low point in her life and experiences the country life in a tiny Yorkshire village.
I enjoyed O’Leary’s breezy storytelling, she did a good job of juxtaposing the surprising similarities in the needs of both generations. Her detailed descriptions of life in the big city as well as the slower village life left me wanting more. I loved the descriptions of the town as Lena went for a jog to clear her mind. O’Leary makes it a point to note that there are (amazing) stories hiding behind each door, whether it’s a flat or if it’s a cottage in the village. Since this was an audio book, it felt like getting caught up with some old friends. This was the first book that I’ve read by Beth O’Leary and I’m looking forward to reading her other books: The Flatshare and The Road Trip.
I just reviewed The Switch by Beth O’Leary. #TheSwitch #NetGalley