The House Swap by Jo Lovett **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy weekend book friends!

This was such a fun story, the perfect little escape!🏡

My Thoughts

Super cute! This was the sweet lighthearted story I was in the mood for! Cassie is a free spirit living in a beachside cottage in Maine. James is more buttoned up living in a flat in London. The two of them meet on a house swap website when both of them are in need of a change of scenery. Cassie is less than pleased when she is confronted by James’s stalker ex-girlfriend. And James doesn’t know what to think, he was not expecting alpacas and a bunch of nosy neighbors. I know it sounds somewhat predictable, but the journey was so fun!

Loved how Cassie and James got to know one another through messages and phone calls. It was a definite sort of enemies to lovers slow burn Romance and I was here for it. Now I think if I had to choose Maine or London I’d probably choose Maine? Cassie was a fabulous character from the get go James on the other hand… He did however have quite a bit of character growth throughout the story and I did like him by the end. I really really liked Cassie and James together. This was just a totally adorable story that put a BIG smile on my face!

About the Book

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.

An utterly heart-warming love story that will make you laugh and cry, fans of The FlatshareThe Hating Game and movies like The Holiday will fall head over heels for The House Swap.

Author Bio:

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’, comes out in April 2021.
When she can escape from her laundry mountain, she enjoys reading, tennis and wine.
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