Wow! This book is absolutely amazing! The sister swap is a funny, feel good and heart warming women’s fiction book. It is the first book I have read by this author and I am already looking forward to picking up Cloudy with a chance of love.
Meg simply doesn’t have time for men in her life. Instead, she has a strictly one-date rule, survives on caffeine and runs one of the biggest model agencies from her smart office in London. That is, until she collapses one day at work and the doctor orders her to take some R&R in the country…
Sarah is used to being stuck behind tractors and the slow pace of her cosy village life. But now her children are all grown-up (and her ex-husband long forgotten) she’s ready to change things up a bit – starting with taking back her old job in the city!
After a devastating falling out, the sisters haven’t spoken in years. Swapping houses, cars, everything is the only option – surely they’ll be able to avoid bumping into each other?
I first requested this book because it sounded a bit like The Holiday. I absolutely love that film and I would not have minded reading a book that followed the same kind of storyline – more or less. And although the overall plot – women swap lives, women find themselves and maybe even love and happiness, is the same, this book goes a lot deeper.
One of the reasons I love this book so much is because Fiona Collins is great at applying the “show don’t tell” rule. Instead of having a lot of boring descriptions and incredibly stupid inner monologue, it is the actions, their mannerisms, that shape the characters. Yes – of course you find inner monologue and descriptions in the book, but they do not feel forced, neither are they boring. In fact: they are bloody amazing! Incredibly funny!
I don’t like London. I couldn’t get away soon enough. After living there for a year I literally feel like I had my fill of this dreary, impersonal city. But for some reason Collins makes it sound attractive again. The only thing I do not understand is why Sarah is renting a very expensive flat in central she can hardly afford while being a very smart, very ambitious business woman. Surely she would just outright buy somewhere instead of paying off someone else’s mortgage every month.
This book is a must read if you are a fan of the genre. Great read on the plane or during some down time on your summer holiday.