ARC Review – The Flatshare


Title: The Flatshare

Author: Beth O’leary

4 stars

I received this book as an ARC on Netgalley. By no means does this change my opinion of the book and the thoughts and opinions in this review are 100 % my own.

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 really, truly enjoyed reading this book. It’s one of those quirky romantic books you only get with a British setting. USA, take note.

Books where the MC works at a publishing house is almost automatically a win for me and this is no exception.

The whole concept of flatmates that never see each other is interesting and not totally unheard off. My older brother currently has one of those, although they do not share a bed. So it might sound totally weird, but it does happen in real life. The falling in love part may be stretching it a little, but hey, that’s why it’s fiction, right?

I like Tiffy as a character. She’s a good-hearted British gal with her heart in the right place.

Leon is an enjoyable and heartwarming character who wants to help everyone around him as much as he can and with his brother in prison awaiting trial, he really needs help himself. Enter Tiffy.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot; it made me smile, laugh and only slightly roll my eyes at the “coincidental” way things worked out sometimes. But again, it’s fiction and sometimes they have to be predictable and almost served on a platter for you.

Also, I discovered that Carrie Hope Fletcher is doing the voice of Tiffy on the audiobook! I love and admire that young woman so much, so I’m thinking that the audiobook is worth a listen.

Do I recommend this book?
Yes. Absolutely yes.
To anyone looking for a cute, British, romance novel.

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