Happy publication day, Jennifer Joyce! What a better way to kick off a new month than with a new book! I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘The Accidental Life Swap’ with a review – many thanks to HQ for the blog tour invite and ARC.
Sometimes one moment can change your life forever…
Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high… she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down!
So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while?
What does TWG think?
I agree with the first sentence of the blurb wholeheartedly; Rebecca IS a pushover big time! I know some people dislike confrontation. I also know that some people don’t have the confidence to stand up for themselves when they’re treated like dirt. Rebecca, on the other hand, is a mixture of the two and then some. She certainly doesn’t have any confidence in herself or her abilities, nor does she have the strength to tell her boss where to go. I understand telling your boss to go and choke on a lolly is frowned upon, however so is treating your members of staff like slaves. As far as I was aware, slavery was abolished in 1833 in the UK!
I didn’t like Vanessa at all, and I am sure you have already guessed that. However, I really did enjoy ‘The Accidental Life Swap’. Mistaken identity aside, I loved getting to know all of the animals in the sanctuary next door to Vanessa’s holiday home, and I felt like a proud mum watching Rebecca flourish in the little village she never knew existed. Whilst getting lumbered with overseeing her boss’s house renovation wasn’t exactly what Rebecca had planned, the way she got stuck into it and became ‘one of them’ so to speak, was both hilarious and heartwarming. Don’t get me wrong, I was silently wishing that she would own up to the case of mistaken identity as I knew fine well that it was going to blow up in her face, but clearly she didn’t get my psychic message!!
‘The Accidental Life Swap’ is full of such colourful characters, both humans AND animals! I snorted at the personalities of the chickens, and I thought Franny, the donkey, was absolutely brilliant. It is clear that the author has put a lot of heart into her storyline and her characters journeys and, whilst I enjoyed finding out what made the builders tick, I thought the game nights were a brilliant addition to the ‘finding yourself’ type of vibe that the book gave off.
For me, ‘The Accidental Life Swap’ has a mixture of everything, and it was such a joy to be amongst a group of genuinely funny, relatable, and memorable characters such as the ones you’ll get to meet in this book. A job well done Ms.Joyce, a job well done indeed!!