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Would you swap your life?
Life Swap - Jane Green
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Life Swap - Jane Green
Advantages: Enjoyable read
Disadvantages: Took a little while to get into the story
I love reading but never seem to have time. I was determined to read a book whilst I'm off Uni over the summer and this is the one that I picked up and read. Having read one of Jane Green's other books, The Beach House, and enjoyed it, I was looking forward to reading this.
Vicky Townsley is 35 years old and works for London's Poise! magazine but longs to get married and have children, just like her brother Andy who lives with his wife and children in the English countryside. During a chat with the Poise editor Vicky mentions that she would love to swap lives with someone. The editor thinks this would make a great feature for the magazine so they arrange to get the life swap advert published in the next issue of Poise. The life swap involves swapping lives with a married woman for a month.
On the other side of the Atlantic, lives Amber Winslow, her husband Richard and their two children. They live in a huge house with it's own swimming pool in the suburbs, with a live in nanny for the children and staff coming in to do their cleaning/gardening. Amber spends her days as part of the League, a group of wives who raise money for charity but who's main purpose is for the women to see who can be the best dressed and show off who has the most money. From the outside it looks like Amber and Richard have the perfect life but Amber feels that there is something missing. One day Richard brings home a copy of British magazine Poise for Amber and she sees the advert for Life Swap so decides to write in...
After searching through lots of applicants Vicky decides that the woman with whom she would like to swap lives is Amber, so they make the appropriate arrangements for this to take place.
Is the grass really greener on the other side? Is it easy to step into another woman's life for a month? Will Amber and Vicky find the answers they are looking for?
~ What did I think? ~
I really enjoyed this book as it was an interesting story and was well written. The author writes about each character in turn and I felt I got to know them quite well. I felt the pace of the book was good and it picked up as it went along. The actual life swap didn't take place until about half way through the book but I think this worked well because it allowed the characters to be developed.
Amber and Vicky are the main characters in the book but we do get to know some of the other people in each of their lives and they are all described well. Although I enjoyed the book, I could not really relate to either of the characters much as one of them is a married woman living in America and the other is a 35 year old career woman. The writing did make me like them though and I wanted to know how the Life Swap was going to affect each of the women and the people around them.
I think that the idea of a life swap is quite interesting although I don't think it is something that I would ever want to do. Once I reached the end of the story I did find myself thinking about my own life and how I shouldn't take anything for granted and be happy what I have.
The book is well written and the story flows well. It took me a little while to get into it as I didn't have much time for reading when I first started reading it and as each chapter was initially about separate characters I would pick the book up and not know what was going on. I almost gave up with it but I decided to sit down and read a couple of chapters at once I got into quite quickly and I then started reading a chapter each night before bed. Towards the end of the book I was looking forward to bed time when I could find out more about the story!
Overall, this is an enjoyable chick-lit novel which I would recommend if you want a light-hearted read over the summer. It captures humour, romance and family life and is written in a very readable way.
* Paperback: 480 pages
* ISBN-10: 0141021721
* Publisher: Penguin
Life Swap is currently available to buy from Amazon for £4.78. I bought mine from Asda in the 3 for £10 range a few weeks ago.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: An enjoyable chick-lit