As I really liked Jo Lovett‘s first book: The First Time We Met, I was really excited to dive into her second book The House Swap. In this blog post you’ll see what my thoughts are on this book. I did a buddy read with Susana from @ Susana Loves Books, so feel free to check out her review of this book as well, once she publishes it!
What is The House Swap about?
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.
What did I think of The House Swap?
I really enjoyed this book. I had already enjoyed Lovett‘s first book: The First Time We Met, but I think The House Swap must be my favorite Lovett book now.
I must admit that at first I strongly disliked one of the main character – James. He came across as a pretty rude and rigid character, which I didn’t really like. Luckily, this changes throughout the story. Luckily, both main characters – Cassie and James – turned out to be pretty funny and friendly, both with their own haunting past. From the moment on I felt like the book was picking up pace, I quickly flew through it. Another factor I liked is that the scenery of the island on which Cassie/James lives is explained so well. I loved imagining how the island looks with the alpacas and chicken.
This story is both funny and emotional all at once. It has been a long time since a book made me tear up, but The House Swap managed to do that to me.
This is basically a slow burn romance book, but in a way that makes you squeal when something finally happens (at least that’s what I did).
The only reason why I didn’t give this book 5 stars is that at times I had a feeling that there were too many time jumps. We’d suddenly make a time jump of for example 3 weeks, which I didn’t really like.
Thank you NetGallley and Bookouture for the free e-copy. This in no way affected my opinion.