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THE HOUSE SWAP BY JO LOVETT


Title: The House Swap

Author: Jo Lovett

Release date: April 19, 2021

Book details: Standalone

Pages: 337

Rating: FOUR STARS

Blurb

Island house off coast of Maine, with private beach, sea views and the occasional farmyard animal, seeks super swanky Central London penthouse overlooking Holland Park, complete with concierge service and spurned ex-lovers…

When thirty-somethings Cassie and James find each other on a home swap website, it feels meant to be. City hotshot James needs a bolthole after a relationship goes sour and Cassie needs to leave the comfort of her little island to research her new book.

Soon, James is living in Cassie’s cute but ramshackle beachside cottage, and Cassie’s living in James’s luxurious London apartment. It’s the perfect solution.

Except James didn’t imagine he’d be sharing his home with eleven chickens and three alpacas, not to mention the unusually friendly neighbours, who seem to find any excuse to drop by. And Cassie is less than impressed when James’s ex-girlfriend turns up at his door, demanding to know where he’s gone.

The more Cassie and James talk, the more the tension between them mounts. But as the insults fly so do the sparks, and when the time finally comes to swap back, Cassie and James find they aren’t quite ready to give each other up.

But there’s more than just distance between them – and when Cassie makes a surprising discovery, the pair are forced to confront their feelings and decide what kind of life they really want.

MY REVIEW

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I liked the idea of two strangers swapping houses for few months. Cassie and James meet on a website for swapping houses and they agreed for a few months they will be swapped houses. They had very different reasons to leave their houses, Cassie needed to go to London to make research for her book and James needed to leave his house to escape from his ex-girlfriend.

Cassie and James began to talk on the phone and they become friends. I loved that Cassie and James confided in each other, Cassie confessed to James that she really wants to become a mother and James told Cassie about his problematic past.

“I love you, Cassie Adair. He brushed her tears away with his thumbs. You’ve been driving me insane since the moment we first spoke on the phone and I don’t think I can live without you”

I loved the slow burn romance between James and Cassie and how their relationship developed through the book. I loved how James changed and accepted his past. I liked the friendship between Cassie and her neighbors. I enjoyed The House Swap and I recommend it to everyone who wants to read a fun rom-com.

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About the author

Jo Lovett lives in London with her family.

She worked in Corporate Tax before taking a longer-than-expected career break to have more-than-expected children (five). She started writing romantic comedy when she realised that she was regularly begging her oldest son to let her do his English homework but she wasn’t actually that interested in haunted houses or Macbeth.

Jo was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping/ Orion First Novel Competition 2018 and shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award 2019.

Her first novel, ‘The First Time We Met’, was published by Bookouture in November 2020 and her second, ‘The House Swap’, will be published in April 2021.

When she can escape from her laundry mountain, she enjoys reading, tennis and wine.

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