Book Review: Life Swap by Carol Wyer

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Title - Life Swap
Author - Carol Wyer
Publication Date - April 22nd 2016
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 285

She wanted a new life and true love. Be careful what you wish for ... 

Handsome prince, beautiful house, fabulous job? Polly has none of these. All she has to her name is a string of failed relationships and she’s up to her ears in debt. She sees herself as a hopeless case and would do anything to change her luck. 

Simon is approaching the big 50. He’s off his game at work, his kids don’t seem to notice he exists and his wife seems to think he’s made of money. As for sex …what’s that? 

So when the opportunity comes for both of them to swap their lives for a life of luxury, they jump at the chance. For Simon a life of helicopters, fast cars and hot babes beckons. For Polly, it’s all diamonds, spa days and celebrity parties. Now all that's missing from her life is a bit of romance. Can handsome stranger Matt step up? 

Trouble is, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Can the life you've always dreamed of get in the way of true love? 

First of all, I'd like to thank Carol Wyer and the fabulous Bookouture for providing me with a review copy of Life Swap. When the cover of Life Swap was revealed over on Twitter, I absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to dive into the book itself.

I'll begin my review by saying that Life Swap by Carol Wyer wasn't really what I expected it to be. I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events within this novel and thought it was fabulously and fantastically fun! It was fresh, inventive and I'm sure it would strike a chord with anyone out there who's ever wondered whether the grass is really greener on the other side. Carol Wyer takes that well-known saying and creates a bubbly, joyful and amusing novel out of it which I thoroughly enjoyed.

In Life Swap, the author introduces us to Simon and Polly. Completely separate in living their lives, but very similar in that they're wondering whether it's ever going to get any better. Polly is battling debt and a failed relationship, while Simon is beginning to wonder whether he's turned invisible at some point, coupled with the disappointment his mother-in-law never attempts to hide when she glares his way. Both, understandably, daydream about what it would be like to live the life of someone with less worries and cares, more money and quite frankly, a whole lot more to celebrate. And so, in a strange turn of events, they're given the chance to do exactly that. Swap lives. Exciting, right?

You'd think so, wouldn't you? And at first, it is exciting. Both can hardly dare to believe what has happened. Polly has a wardrobe rammed with designer clothes and shoes, a stunning house, and even a personal trainer. And Simon has a beautiful new wife who's willing to try anything, an impressive car and is basically what you'd call "the man". But, things really begin to get interesting when both Simon and Polly come to realise that the lives of the people they've chosen really aren't all that they're cracked up to be.

I think what I enjoyed most about Life Swap by Carol Wyer was the lesson it teaches to the reader. Everyone, no matter how attractive or shiny or impressive they may seem on the surface, has their own secrets, obsessions and troubles. As the novel progresses and both Simon and Polly begin to realise the error of their ways, Carol ensures the reader is kept entertained by a whole host of amusing shenanigans that shock these characters back to realisation. The writing was superbly funny, and Carol Wyer has such a fantastic style, I found this book a pleasure and a joy to read. The characters were wonderfully developed, and I just adored the last few chapters, when the author really took me by surprise. Pleasant surprise, that is!

All in all, a warm, funny and fantastically uplifting novel about taking care of your own grass, rather than focusing on other people's. Appearances can certainly be deceiving, and both Simon and Polly are taught this in the most wonderful, amusing of ways. Becca's Books is awarding Life Swap by Carol Wyer with four bookish stars! The perfect 'pick-me-up' book.

1 comment :

  1. Sounds like this would be a good book for me to read at the moment