Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

This isn’t my usual type of book, but it kept cropping up in various places and the description really grabbed me. I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy to read and review.

I loved it. This book has so much heart. I devoured it in 3 days and every time I put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it up again.

It was so much more than just another chic lit romance novel, in fact I’d say it doesn’t really if in that category at all. Yes, there was romance but that wasn’t really the main focus of this wonderful story. if i had to pick one overarching theme I’d say it was self discovery and self belief.

Tiffy is finding out who she is after the end of an emotionally abusive relationship, Leon needs to work out what is important to him and how to accept that his beloved brother is in jail.

Watching them both heal slowly was wonderful. I adored how they went about sharing a flat without meeting each other and yet still becoming integral to the others life. The idea is frankly bonkers and shouldn’t have worked but it did and it was utterly charming.

The supporting cast are amazing as well, from Tiffy’s well meaning and slightly bossy best friend to Leon’s work patients and colleagues. Everyone is well rounded and delightfully written.

This book made me laugh and cry and I finished it feeling warm and fuzzy (in a good way). I highly recommend this one.

With thanks to Quercus books and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review. The Flatshare is available now.

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