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?
Synopsis from Goodreads
Thank you to HQ Digital and Net Galley for sending me an advanced copy of The Accidental Life Swap in exchange for an honest review.
I saw this book on Net Galley and thought it had all the signs of a classic rom-com (you know, those ones that are on the Hallmark or Lifetime channels that you love, even if you know what's going to happen?). I was happy to give this ARC a shot and see what Jennifer Joyce had written for us!
Awkward Word Choices
I found myself a little annoyed by some of the verbose language used in this book. I get that we're supposed to understand that Rebecca is smart and super overqualified for her job, but does she really need to walk around talking as if she swallowed an encyclopedia. Sometimes it's ok to use basic language, especially when trying to ensure that the reader can connect to the characters. I found myself rolling my eyes more than once while reading this book.
Rebecca is Frustrating (but Eventually Redeemed)
I had a really hard time buying that Rebecca just did everything her boss demanded, without any real refusal. I understand being anxious about your job, but jeez, does she give "pushover" a new name. That said, it was really great to see her eventually learn to stand up for herself. Although it took a long time, she finally finds her self-worth and realizes that she deserves so much more than what she's been settling for. Yay, Rebecca!!
A Predictably Cute Romance
There are no surprises about who Rebecca is going to end up with, but I still loved watching it happen. With the predictable twists and turns and mini dramas along the way, the book gives us a sweet love story. I'm a sucker for a cute romance, and The Accidental Life Swap does a great job setting that up for readers. I specifically loved the Epilogue and getting to see what the future looks like for Rebecca. I feel like she's on such a great path for her future and I couldn't be happier for her.
Overall, there was nothing overly surprising about this book. This story could have easily been a movie on the Hallmark channel as one of their Halloween specials, which seems fairly self-explanatory for the kind of book it is. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves classic rom-coms, it looking for an easy seasonal read, or just something light to enjoy in between novels. The Accidental Life Swap comes out September 1st!
FINAL RATING: 3/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
Follow Me on Instagram