Thursday, May 12, 2011
The House Swap by Amanda Brookfield
Sophie and Andrew are looking for relief from the daily grind - if not each other - so when a friend puts them in touch with William and Beth, newlyweds looking to swap houses for the summer, it seems a solution of sorts. They find themselves in a stylish Connecticut home, a stone's throw from New York, while William and Beth take over their lived in family house in South London, ideal for spending time with Willilam's teenaged sons.
The week away work an unexpected magic for Sophie, who begins to find a sense of happiness...but Beth has no such luck and, no longer the centre of William's world, grows increasingly miserable. And so the two marriages - one crushed by the weight of years, one shinny and new - slide into reverse. But who can forsee the dramatic consequences of their lives, and hearts, intertwining? The innocent holiday might just prove devastating....
Devastating is the correct word to describe the whole situation. Another word is disaster.
I don’t believe that the whole ‘fiasco’ is due to the house swap. I think what is meant to happen will happen regardless of what causes it. The house swap could be just a catalyst. On the other hand, there are others who might feel that some situation happens due to chain or series of events that take place and if the event didn’t happen, situations would be different.
In House Swap, that’s what Beth believed. If she and William had not swap house with the couple from London and if they didn’t spend their holiday there, then she would remain the centre of William’s world and be happily ever after. For me, I think it’s just a matter of time because as you read on, you will find that Beth is self destructive.
The story flow is quite different although the storyline of house swapping between strangers are not new. I didn’t really like this book because other then Sophie, I feel the rest of the characters are rather obnotious especially Andrew. I just hate his guts. Go and get a copy and find out why?
Anyway, I owned this review to a good friend who supplied me a complimentary copy of this book. House Swap is published by Penguin Books in 2010.