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The Switch
The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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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?
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janeycanuck
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Okay, definitely getting old because I felt closer kinship with Eileen than Leena. I loved Eileen, she was such a riot. And overall, this was a sweet (sometimes bittersweet) story with strong women & delightful secondary characters.

Prairiegirl_reading I LOVE Eileen!! 5d
BiblioLitten I loved loved Eileen so much. ❤️ 5d
janeycanuck @Prairiegirl_reading @BiblioLitten She‘s so great - I want to be like her when I‘m older!! 5d
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Bamazin
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Bailedbailed

#27 another dnf, I was just bored 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

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Curvybookgirl
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This was a fabulous book. I absolutely loved it. It‘s the perfect feel good book for when you want a cozy day or a beach day. Can‘t wait to read more of her books

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thebluestocking
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Charming and comforting, this was just the book I needed on a dreary winter day. A year after losing her sister, Leena is living in London and is burnt out and flaming out at work. After losing her granddaughter and being left by her husband, 79-year-old Eileen is ready for a change from her Yorkshire life. Grandmother and granddaughter switch places for two months and delightful things ensue.

BiblioLitten I loved this one! Especially the characters and it reminded me of one of my favourite movies, The Holiday 4mo
thebluestocking @BiblioLitten So cute. I haven‘t seen The Holiday, but I need to check it out! 4mo
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Ang203l
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Finally a cool enough day to snuggle with me again!

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cerijones
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Loved the flatshare and loving this so far and looking forward to reading the road trip too.

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Birdsong28
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Good. Nice to see a main character who is normally pushed to the sidelines because she is an elderly person. Loved the way that it shows that they still have life in them and that they have plenty to teach us.

#Quercus
#HachetteUK

Andrew65 Loved this. 10mo
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Birdsong28
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That would definitely get me interested 😉😉 😊😂

DivineDiana Couldn‘t agree more! ❤️ 10mo
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RedxoHearts
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I really enjoyed this story of a grandma and granddaughter switching lives to take a little break from their own. Along the way there are plenty of interesting characters to meet. I think the switching POVs worked well in this book. It was a cute light hearted read. Also probably my favorite book I've read in a long time!

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Kathfidler
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I loved this book, so heart warming and yet funny. Definitely recommend

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RedxoHearts
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I love the grandma in this book she's adorable 💕

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5280reader
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Initially I was looking for a copy of The Flatshare but substituted this one instead. Love O‘Leary‘s light writing style and her characters- an almost eighty year old grandmother from the Yorkshire Dales switching abodes with her workaholic 20 something granddaughter from London. Reminiscent of The Holiday…Love, friendships and adventures await! #bookspinbingo

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Sangeetarelan
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Just picked it up.
#QOTD what are your views on this?

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Mrs_B
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This was a lovely book to read this week (very very stressful work week). It‘s so cute. I feel like I know Leena and Eileen so well and adore them both. It may have been a little predictable, but I enjoyed watching it all unfold.

Prairiegirl_reading Eileen is such a great character!! 💜 12mo
BiblioLitten This was my last read. I really enjoyed it even though it‘s not the genre I usually go for. 💕 12mo
Mrs_B @BiblioLitten my neighbour says one of her other books is just as good and worth a read! 12mo
Mrs_B @Prairiegirl_reading she was! I loved hearing about her living it up in London and organising everyone‘s lives!!! 12mo
BiblioLitten I‘ll check that out. Thanks😊 12mo
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coffees
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Surprisingly, this one ended up being my #bookspin title for this month and wow, I DEVOURED it!! Recd by my coworker, the story follows Leena (granddaughter) and Eileen (grandma) who decide to "switch lives" to relax/spicen up their lives and oh boy did they succeed in the unexpected. Super fun with AMAZING grandma narration, I ? recommend! #family #romance #anxietyrep #grief

https://libro.fm/referral?rf_code=lfm135487

TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed this one!! 12mo
coffees @TheAromaofBooks it is an unexpected favorite, i really enjoyed it 😂😂 12mo
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TheAromaofBooks Did you read her earlier book, The Flatshare? I liked that one, too, although it took me longer to get into since the male MC's sections have kind of an odd cadence to them. 12mo
coffees @TheAromaofBooks this is the first book by her I've read but now i want to read more of her others, I've heard good things about that one, will check it out :D what was off with them? 12mo
TheAromaofBooks They aren't bad at all, it's just that Leon's first-person sections feel a little choppy at first because his stream-of-thought process isn't exactly the way mine works - but once I got into his groove & got to know his character better, it felt like a good reflection of who he is. 12mo
coffees @TheAromaofBooks ohhhh now I'm intrigued 😏😏 12mo
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coffees
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Coworker recommended The Switch and ohhhhh I've had a blast with it, wish I'd recorded more thoughts but here are the ones on my GR

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BiblioLitten
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A grandmother and granddaughter switching homes...I‘m getting The Holiday-like vibes here. Good thing because I love that movie. Unexpected snowy day but the redbud looks so pretty. 💕 #currentlyreading

Ruthiella Sounds like a fun romance. That‘s so not my genre, but I did read The Flat Share by her and it was cute. 😀 13mo
EvieBee Snow?!? That‘s unexpected. Beautiful pic, too! 13mo
BiblioLitten @Ruthiella I usually stay away from romance too but this was a good one. I loved the characters.💕 13mo
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dylanisreading
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I loved this book. It was like a balm to my soul, especially after having multiple pain flare ups last month.

Leena and her grandmother Eileen decide to switch lives--with Leena going to live in Eileen's Yorkshire village and Eileen living in Leena's shared flat in London for two months. What ensues is funny, heartwarming, empowering, and tea-filled. If you like Gilmore Girls, you'll probably like this. (Did I mention there's a cute dog?)

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MaggieCarr
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While I found a section long and slow moving the beginning and last 1/3 were amazing. I enjoyed the characters, their individual grief and healing stories, the coming-of-age/understanding regardless of what "once was" knowing they can temporary step in another's shoes and get a new prospective.

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LouBeth
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This was so good. It was sweet and cozy with a few tearing up moments.

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poiuyt
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A very adorable book about a family grieving the loss of a young family member. We follow these women having a hard time coming to terms with their loss but do while finding themselves in the process. I enjoyed this book very much.

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Angeles
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It was only OK. A sweet contemporary romance it starts really great with a fun premise but midway through it drags. Also, it is hard to pull charmingly the old trope of scrappy nice country person (in this case old lady) comes to the big city and teaches those lost, clueless city people how to re-connect and be friends.

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MallenNC
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I probably have more books set in #London than anywhere else. Here are just a couple from my shelves. #LitsySpringBreak

TheKidUpstairs I've got Ashes of London on my shelf, too! 1y
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eraderneely
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February #bookreport

If you‘d asked me, I would have told you I didn‘t finish any books in February. But I guess I did! The reading slump is bad though!!!

JamieArc I‘m there with you. I literally did not finish a single book in February! I can‘t remember the last time that has happened. 1y
rockpools Even opening a book‘s quite an achievement with a toddly person about the place! How was Icebreaker? 1y
eraderneely @JamieArc ugh! Sorry you had such a slumpy February. I wish you some fabulous reads for March! 1y
eraderneely @rockpools yes! I guess I should give myself credit for all the times I read Bee Bim Bop this week! 1y
eraderneely @rockpools Icebreaker was really interesting from the “what do icebreakers actually do?” perspective, but I can‘t say I related to the author‘s “travel writing” style. Good not great. 1y
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wen4blu
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It‘s cold and rainy today, so I decided to “switch” to something light to read.

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Lmstraubie
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Changing things up a bit with this one. A slow start, but hoping it grabs my attention.

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eraderneely
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This was delightful! And in the end basically a love letter to Yorkshire. Who wouldn‘t love that?

rockpools Well that sounds lovely! 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I loved it! Eileen was such a great character! 1y
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eraderneely
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I woke up before my family this morning so I could have an hour alone. It was really great. Maybe next time I‘ll do some yoga too.

squirrelbrain Lovely! I loved that book too.... perfect for some ‘me-time‘! 1y
TheKidUpstairs I love when I can do that. That hour of quiet is good for the soul. 1y
eraderneely @squirrelbrain yes it is. I bailed on my other library books because I just needed something like this. 1y
eraderneely @TheKidUpstairs I think I‘m going to make it a semi-regular routine! 1y
kaysworld1 @eraderneely I do the same in the morning, 15 mins in my makeshift gym, grab a shower then head off too school during the week it feels great. 1y
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Michollio
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This was a lovely book about three generations of women trying to process the death of a loved one. No one's coping well, and Leena and her grandmother decide to trade houses, and lives, for two months in order to change things up. I really enjoyed the grandmother's POV, as that's not something I read a lot of, and it made me think about what we assume about and how we treat older people.

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ads0123
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This one was just what I needed! I loved all the characters so much!!!

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bookandbedandtea
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I didn't like this quite as much as The Flatshare but it was still really good. Eileen is a wonderful charactor while Leena was a little more uneven for me but I enjoyed reading about each of their adventures. The connections they made with each other's friends and the ways they were both able to grow were lovely. Beth O'Leary is becoming a must read for me.

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Well-ReadNeck
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bnp Just starting The flatshare by the same author. 1y
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camilla_788
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So heartwarming! I wasn‘t sure how it would compare to The Flatshare, but I absolutely loved it. 10/10 would recommend. A beautiful storyline with such memorable characters.

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I really enjoyed this story of two women, a grandmother &granddaughter, finding their way through grief and back to themselves.O‘Leary is so skilled at writing her characters, and even the secondary characters,of which there are many in this book,are so fully developed that they all feel like real people making real decisions. There‘s a lot of heart, laughs, & a little romance in this one. looking forward to more of her work in the future.

Crazeedi Sounds like a really neat story line 1y
behudd @Crazeedi it was! And I think the author makes it seem realistic, too, instead of like a crazy premise we‘re supposed to act like is normal haha (edited) 1y
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AmyK1
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This was a great book to start the year off with. It was sweet and funny but also dealt with some heavier topics. Now I need to request The Flatshare from the library 😊

Kimberlone The Flatshare is so good! I preferred it to The Switch, actually 1y
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atla
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This was such a cozy and gently hilarious romantic-comedy. I love well-written escapism about women (re-)discovering their awesomeness - and bonus points if it includes older women and a lovely countryside.

lynneamch Agreed! I listened to the audio and found it charming and a good palate-cleanser after heavier topics. 1y
BookishMarginalia I loved this one! 1y
readordierachel I really liked her first one, Flatshare. Will have to read this one soon. 1y
atla @readordierachel I liked The Flatshare too! I think I enjoyed this one a little more actually, though it was a bit slow to get started. 1y
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MicheleinPhilly
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My cranky ass has become a person that enjoys novels set in fictional Stars Hollow type towns. Even with plot points you see coming from a mile away, the eccentric characters make me fall in love with them and fantasize about moving to a quaint English village. Maybe this is my new brand. 😉

Lmstraubie I am soooo with you! 1y
BiblioLitten You said it perfectly! 13mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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The Sunday sads have diminished considerably since I started working from home full time about 3 years ago. But when you haven‘t worked in 17 days they come roaring back with a vengeance. May I stay in this bubble, please?

Amiable I hear you. I‘ve been off since Dec. 23. Not looking forward to going back (into the office) tomorrow. 😖 1y
MicheleinPhilly @Amiable Into the actual office? 1y
shortsarahrose Agreed. I‘ve had a 16.5 day break and I‘m not ready for it to end 😬 1y
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Ruthiella Samesies! ☹️ And I‘ve only been off a week. TOO SOON. 1y
Amiable @MicheleinPhilly Yes, I work for a hospital health system. Non-clinical department, but we‘ve been back onsite on a rotation basis since June. Half the week in the office, the other half remote. 1y
MicheleinPhilly @Amiable Ah, well that makes sense. Hope the transition back isn‘t too jarring! 1y
Bookzombie I have only been off for 5 days and I'm feeling the same way. So not ready for it to end. 1y
Reggie There was one year that I hated my job so much that after two weeks of vacation, I went back to work and had to step into our office to cry cause I was so miserable. Also, a litmus test for me is this hypothetical that if I won the lottery would I help my coworkers out. My waiter job in my 20s everyone would have gotten a house. The above job. I would have never thought of those people ever again. 1y
Suet624 I am doing MWF from hone (contact tracing) and TTh in the office (preparing for upcoming election). It‘s kind of a perfect schedule for me. (edited) 1y
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 Another election??? There should be mandatory recovery period featuring no political activity whatsoever. 1y
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AmyK1
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1. Tagged!
2. Not really. Just read a whole lot more.
3. The Flat Share

#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I think a lot of us read more! 😅 Thanks for posting! 1y
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Kimberlone
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First book of the year! I had pretty high expectations for this one because I loved The Flatshare so much, so I was a tiny bit disappointed that I didn‘t like The Switch more. “The Holiday”-esque premise was super cute, but I found myself more interested in the side characters than the MC Leena (the grandma was great, though!) Still giving it a pick, though, and I am still looking forward to the next book from this author.

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LeafingThroughLife
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One of the better things about this year has been listening to and enjoying more audiobooks. I loved the story of workaholic Leena and her grandmother, Eileen, switching lives for a couple months. The audio has a narrator for each MC, which was perfect. I loved listening to these two ladies learn to live and love again after loss. A super sweet story that‘s romance but also a little bit more. #12Booksof2020

Andrew65 This may yet make my list. Loved this book. 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A woman and her grandmother trade lives for a few weeks and both learn about what was missing from their lives and the lives around them. Also find love.

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amycollard
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Ok, this is the cutest book ever. I loved reading about Leena and her grandmother switching places for a few months - Leena will head to the Yorkshire village to try to recover and her grandmother will stay in her flat in London and have a little adventure. It‘s light and sweet even though it deals with things like grief and loss. A little predictable but I didn‘t mind at all, it was just so lovely!

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Monyca
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Started this a few days ago. I keep getting distracted and need to read the first couple of chapters over to remember who is who and what's going on! 🙈

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webhau1
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I am currently reading and enjoying. $2.99 on Amazon kindle today.

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arlenefinnigan
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This is a lovely, fuzzy, fun read. If, like me, your initial thoughts on starting to read this are "oh GOD not ANOTHER novel about a London-based twenty-something high-flier having a personal crisis" then stick with it.....

arlenefinnigan The plot is more complex, interesting and moving than that, and is more about the messiness of grief, the loneliness of ageing and how older people are misunderstood and underestimated, and how life will take you by surprise in both good and bad ways. Also Eileen (the grandmother) is an incredibly likeable character, and the narration by Alison Steadman is as good as you'd expect..... 2y
arlenefinnigan No spoilers but don't listen to the ending while driving, cos you will cry. 2y
MallenNC I really enjoyed this one too.I loved Eileen especially. It was so nice to have an older character who wasn‘t treated as a joke. 2y
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arlenefinnigan @MallenNC and having a sex life! Scandalous 😉 2y
MallenNC @arlenefinnigan Right! That‘s almost unheard of in contemporary fiction. 2y
CarolynM Love Alison Steadman. I'm going to use an Audible credit on this right now🙂 2y
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MallenNC
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This probably only matters to me but as someone who is notorious for getting new books and letting them sit, I‘m proud that I have read all three of the books I got for my August birthday before the year was up. These were all fun reads and I glad I made time for them.

dylanisreading Serious Moonlight has been on my tbr for a while! 2y
MallenNC @Bianca It was good! Birdie and Daniel were fun and the Seattle setting was great. 2y
dylanisreading @MallenNC Sounds like the kind of read I'm looking for this month! I'll have to move it to the top of the tbr. 2y
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MallenNC @Bianca I will say there are some serious things in it. Birdie‘s mom died young and there‘s mention of suicidal thoughts. But it didn‘t read heavy overall, if that makes sense. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence That is a big deal! I let new books sit too. 2y
AnneCecilie I completely understand you. I would be proud too. Most of my books tend to sit on my shelves for years. 2y
MallenNC @AnneCecilie @LiteraryinLititz I know I‘m not alone in this with friends on Litsy. But my friends who don‘t read as much don‘t understand it bc when they get a book, it‘s the only book they have going so they read it more immediately. I‘m proud whenever I get around to one soon-ish. 2y
Amandajoy Yep, yesterday my stepson said he didn‘t want to go to Barnes and Noble to spend his birthday gift card because he already has enough books to read right now. I was like, I don‘t understand. 2y
MallenNC @Amandajoy Right, what is the meaning of those words “have enough books”? 😂😂😂 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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What a delightful read! A "fluffy", feel-good book but well-written and with emotional depth. I really enjoyed it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

*Edited to add: the only thing that pissed me off was the narrative around grief and mental health. Antidepressants don't make you happy. Two characters who don't practice self-care in any proper way or go to therapy still manage to work through their grief and find their best selves. In my experience, it's fucking hard work.

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Lauraamiichelle
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This quote just hit me right in the feels

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arlenefinnigan
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