Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

About this book (from Goodreads)

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.  Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.  Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.  Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…  As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.  Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?  Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?  Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

Review: The Flat Share by Beth O'LearyMy thoughts:

Within the first couple of chapters I realised that Beth O’Leary probably spoiled me for all other romance authors.  I read “The No-Show” a couple of weeks ago and simply could not put it down.  And my experience was pretty much the same with “The Flat Share”.  Although the idea of sharing a flat – and bed – with a relative strange may sound a little far-out, I so enjoyed the way Leon and Tiffy became friends and got to know each other by simply exchanging notes and visual clues.  The book is also written from the two protagonists point of view – there are “Leon” chapters and “Tiffy” chapters.  It is not all fluff and moonlight though, they both are fighting their own demons and personal issues as well, so there is quite a bit of real-life intensity and realism as well.  And, the fact that – as in Emily Henry’s “Book Lovers” I read just before this, Tiffy works in the publishing industry as well, so I found that part of the story quite fascinating.  I can highly recommend this book, the pure escapism we all need.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for the opportunity to read this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Also be sure to check out this author’s newest novel The No-Show by Beth O’Leary