Monday, 25 July 2022

The Flat Share - Beth O'Leary

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Book: The Flat Share
Author: Beth O'Leary
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 10th April 2019

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌜
Date Finished: 25th July 2022


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?


I picked this up months ago after enjoying The Switch.

It starts with Tiffy flat hunting after breaking up with her boyfriend of the last several years only there's nothing in her price range apart from a flat share/bed share option with palliative care nurse, Leon. As they work totally different hours, they're never likely to meet and that suits them both...until one weekend when one of them oversleeps and they run into each other in the bathroom. They've grown close over the months by leaving the other post-it notes and leftover food but meeting in person ignites a friendship and more.

I did enjoy this, though Leon's chapter style was very offputting to start with. Conversations weren't done with speech marks and I understand that he's not much of a talker and therefore doesn't internalize much but it took me a while to get used to him. On the other hand Tiffy was bubbly and colourful. She grew on me from the first chapter but seeing the stuff she had floating around the flat really made me like her.

I even liked the two sub plots of this: the prison and the ex things. They added a little bit of drama to what was quite a cute romance. I feel like I should mention the secondary characters in this. There are some great people written in this book and I think I fell in love with them all just a little.

I will be keeping my eyes open for more books by this author.

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