The House Swap: An absolutely hilarious feel-good romance

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10 reviews

About this ebook

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 Flatshare, The Hating Game and movies like The Holiday will fall head over heels for The House Swap.


The House Swap.


What readers are saying about The House Swap:


‘I really loved this book. It's funny, endearing, sweet, and just makes you feel good. It's the kind of book you can read and smile… isn't that what we all need right now? Something comforting and fun. I can't wait to read more by Jo Lovett!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


I loved this book. I read it all in one sitting, I could not put it down… The characters are so relatable and lovable. I felt everything they were feeling… The writing was so amazing you really do feel everything. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This was a super cute book!… incredibly fun… kept me hooked the entire time!Brinns Books


I absolutely adored The House SwapA delightful, warm hug of a book. I loved it... Perfect comfort reading.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


Such an adorable readI loved every second… you can't help but smile while you read this book.’ NetGalley reviewer 


A fun Rom-com with heart. Fun and sexy… had me hanging on every word!’ Goodreads reviewer


‘An unexpected delight. I smiled my whole way through reading it.’ @EricasLittleLibrary


I absolutely loved this… A definite to add to your reading list.’ NetGalley reviewer


A light breezy read that is a welcome relief from the heavy atmosphere of reality.’ Book Reads by Prairie Girl

Just loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘The whole time I was reading this book, I was thinking “I wish I had an extra copy to give to my mum to read too”. It was just so cute!’ Goodreads reviewer


Hilarious! Goodreads reviewer

I absolutely loved this… A definite to add to your reading list.’ Goodreads reviewer

Ratings and reviews

10 reviews
Sierra Lee
April 20, 2021
Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC to read and review! Cassie, a writer who lives on a small island off the coast of Maine, and James, an uptight finance guy who lives in a swanky London apartment, are both looking to swap places. James is looking for an escape, while Cassie must move for work and to confront her past. Where James is closed off and seemingly cold, Cassie is bright, friendly, and quirky. At first, the pair don't get along and frequently call each other to complain about something the other did. Over time, they continue to learn about the other person in their respective homes and what they want from life. James tough exterior softens as he falls for the people (and alpacas) of the island and faces trauma from his past, while also falling for Cassie. I loved the vivid details of the settings and could easily picture what Jo Levett was describing. At first, the pacing of The House Swap was slow, and as a reader it was hard to gain momentum reading until about 4o% into the book. By the end, I loved James and Cassie as individuals and together, but I would have liked more details about their time actually together rather than apart. I enjoyed seeing how they helped each other face their fears and grow as individuals throughout the book, so it would have been rewarding to see how those elements impacted their relationship in-person. TW: miscarriage and IVF, addiction, and death
Daina Brown
April 19, 2021
I chose this book because I found the idea of house swapping interesting. I could tell from the cover that it would be a Rom-Com type of book. The house swap is between James, an uptight financial guy who lives in the centre of London, and Cassie. Cassie is an author who writes children’s books who lives on an island off the coast of Maine. Cassie is a detail-oriented and outgoing person. As expected, as they as going through the details of the house swap, Cassie and James get off on the wrong foot. The rest of the story is quite predictable. I don't usually mind when a story leaves the realm of reality, as long as it stays entertaining enough to keep my attention. And, interesting enough to keep my attention watching it evolve. I could predict within the first few pages what the outcome was going to be. I did not realize that it would involve some touching moments. I would call it “substance” popping up in a light read. There were lots of touches of humour too, a perfect balance! I always like a book where I learn something. In this book, I learned that there is such a thing as a “tuna and sweet corn sandwich”. After Googling, I see that it is a British thing. Who knew? In conclusion, the characters were cute, the plot was cute, the ending was cute. There are times in our lives when we need something like this book.....and I read this at the right time. It turned out to be a real “feel good” book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Ticey Geyer
April 19, 2021
I loved this fun, charming & easy read. I instantly liked Cassie and James and enjoyed it even more that they annoyed each other! Enemies to lovers always makes for a fun read! This story was told from dual viewpoints which really allowed the reader to get to know each character, their struggles, and their growth. I loved that they each had their own demon’s to slay and watching their story unfold both individually and together made the story even better. Aside from James and Cassie’s story, I thoroughly enjoyed James’ transformation while in Maine. I found it hilarious that he became quite the animal farmer. I mean who wouldn’t love chickens and alpacas?! Plus, anytime he spent with Laura always brought a smile to my face. She brought a little extra spunk to the island. She was my favorite minor character as I'm a sucker for an elderly, quirky neighbor. Overall, this is a very sweet story and I think fans of Beth O’Leary will want to snatch this up. TW: Miscarriage, IVF, Alcoholism, & Drug Overdose

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