Two couples swap their houses for the summer. Once away from their familiar routines a succession of hopes, secrets, and dreams force new directions entirely and by the end of the year their respective trips are more about life swaps, than easy holiday solutions. Thanks to his colleague, Andrew and his wife, Sophie, jump at the chance to leave London for the summer and stay in Connecticut, while William and his American wife, Beth, take the opportunity to travel to the UK so that William can spend time with his sons from a previous marriage.
Once in the States Andrew is obsessed with furthering his musical career and exploring various leads open to him and begins to move in circles alien to his wife. Anxious Sophie battles with her sense of direction in life, and wonders about the attentions of a neighbour. Meanwhile, Beth is struggling with a culture shock in London and feeling out of the loop while William is drawn into the problems of his ex-family.
I enjoyed this family drama which, although may be classed as light fiction, explores an interesting set of circumstances in order to test just how solid a relationship might be and how far one might be able to strain it in order to further a personal goal or ambition. Add in the push and pull of family ties and this makes for a gently compelling read.