Book Review: 'The Accidental Life Swap' by Jennifer Joyce

It was Kelly that always read Jennifer Joyce's books and she would constantly tell me to add them to my TBR pile, but with so many books to read and review we fell into a rhythm of always reading different ones so that we could get lots of recommendations up on this blog for you. Well, after being fortunate enough to meet Jenn at HQ Digital UK events, I knew I had to put her at the top of my list. So, I read 'The Wedding Date' per Kelly's suggestion and I immediately adored the way Jenn writes and so I actually beat Kelly in reading the 'The Accidental Life Swap' this time. 


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?

My Review

'The Accidental Life Swap' is such a fun and fantastic read. I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca Riley's journey to believing in herself and growing in confidence in her abilities and what she is capable of. I think we all need a bit of a boost sometimes, so it was great to see Rebecca find her feet and learn to love who she is. I wasn't a huge fan of her evil boss Vanessa and at times I wanted Rebecca to see that she herself was kind hearted and lovely and that she really didn't need to aspire to be like someone as mean as her boss. I don't know why she put her boss on such a high pedestal when she wasn't very nice, but Rebecca gets there in the end, staying true to who she is and doing the right thing.

The village of Little Heaton, that Rebecca travels to for the renovation, is utterly delightful. I absolutely adored the cast of characters that Rebecca meets there; especially Oliver and Stacey. Ooh and of course all the cute as can be animals. I very much wanted to go and visit the place myself. In addition, I just loved the cosy and warm vibe of the village and how everyone knew each other so well. This was particularly joyful when the whole village came together for the Charity run and the Autumn festival; yes those had me grinning from ear to ear. Who doesn't love an Autumn festival? And Jennifer wrote it so wonderfully too. 

The sparkle of romance between Rebecca and Oliver had me smiling so big. Their banter was so much fun and their love of board games was rather endearing; their competitive streaks had me giggling. I really enjoyed how their friendship blossomed and found it incredibly heartwarming at the end to see how they made their relationship work. I thought this was a brilliant story of learning to stand up for yourself but remain kind and humble. I also liked that at the end Rebecca remained independent with her own space and new life, but still got to spend time in Little Heaton and with Oliver, they both made it work together which I found to be lovely. 

I highly recommend this wonderful read from the awesome Jennifer Joyce. Get your copy of 'The Accidental Life Swap' today.

Happy reading.


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