Hello, Book Dragons! What are your plans for the upcoming summer in these strange times? What books are you planning to read? Do you indulge yourself in the “Beach” reads? I will be working and hoping that I could go somewhere during summer, I hate being stuck when the weather is lovely. 😦 So, for today, I have a review of a book that allows us to travel from the city to the countryside and vice versa. Enjoy! 🙂
Thanks a lot to publisher – Quercus and NetGalley for the review copy.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release date: 16 04 2020
Price*: Kindle £6.49 (GBP)/ Hardback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $9.99 (USD)/ Paperback $13.59 (USD)
Pages: ~ 336
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: That maybe I should write a note to the neighbour who lives alone?
Description of the book: Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire.
But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. Back 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?
How this book made me feel: I absolutely loved the Flatshare (review) and I was very excited when I got approved for this book as well. The author has a great sense of humour and I love her writing style. 🙂
The story is told from dual perspectives, and our protagonists in this book are Eileen and Lenna. Eileen is Leena’s grandmother, and they decided to swap their lives. Leena was a successful career woman in London, who was very affected by the death of her sister. Eileen is a 79-year-old woman who is a very active part of village society, and she recently got dumped by her husband. 😦 Not only these two ladies but all of the characters are fascinating personalities. I loved how these two generations entwined, enriching the lives of one another. I really loved Eileen in this book, and I enjoyed her parts the most, she is so entertaining, and her adventures were really fun to read about. Leena, on the other hand, has a lot of pain and anger built up in her, and her repetitive thoughts about it kind of took the joy away from her hilarious mishaps.
The narrative of this book was very well delivered and a true joy to read. I loved that there were plenty of funny accidents from both of the stories, mixed with grave topics. The topics discussed were grief, family relationships, domestic mental abuse, the loneliness that older people face, tight community’s pros and cons, friendships, and many more. The thing that I wasn’t very impressed was Leena’s love story, it felt like an every Hallmark romance story at times, and it was very predictable. 😦 However, at the moment, I was in the mood for something breezy and fun to clear my head, and it did the job. 🙂
I really liked how the narrative and the setting was constantly changing, depending on the character. The writing style was very creative, the characters and the plot were very well delivered. The chapters have a very decent length, and for me, the pages just flew by. The ending was quite predictable, but I liked the way it rounded up this story.
So, to conclude, if you are looking for a book, filled with amusing and hilarious situations, perfectly combined with serious social issues and intriguing characters, this book is for you. It lifted my mood and taught me some serious life lessons, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you will give this book a go and will love it as much as I did.
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: 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 in reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work. She is now writing novels full time, and if she’s not at her desk, you’ll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).
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