THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary

**********BOOK REVIEW**********

the flatshare

**********BOOK DESCRIPTION**********

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…

 

**********MY THOUGHTS**********

Having broken up with her boyfriend and not for the first time, Tiffy is still living in his flat.  But having just heard he is now engaged to his new girlfriend! it’s time to realise it’s finally over and to move on, or in this case move out!!  However, everywhere is so expensive and those places she can afford are….. well ‘hellholes’ as her friend calls them.

Leon, a palliative care nurse who works nights and spends every weekend at his girlfriends, is looking to make some extra money.  In order to do this he has decided to advertise for a room-mate, or in this case as the flat is a one-bedroom flat, a bed-mate!  A curious situation to say the least but as the new occupant will use the flat between 6pm and 9am and Leon there between 9am and 6pm they will never have to be there at the same time, and with Leon’s girlfriend keen to be the one to make all the arrangements they don’t even have to meet!  A fantastic plan…..surely??

This was such a fun read.  Short, sharp chapters with lots of dialogue makes it a super quick read, which lead me to think why on earth hadn’t I read this sooner??

The character’s are all so wonderfully portrayed that you can’t help but like them.  All except one or two but I will leave you to read about those!  They are quirky and funny yet down to earth and totally believable.

As Leon and Tiffy don’t actually meet for some time they start to leave post it notes for one another and with Tiffy’s energetic, enthusiastic and quirky personality rubbing alongside Leon’s more quieter and shy nature the ‘coming together’ of these two characters makes for a lovely story.

It’s not all fluffy and light as the book deals with a number of more sombre and serious issues.  Tiffy’s ex and their toxic relationship, Leon’s naturally moving place of work and the story line of Leon’s brother all made this book far more than I expected.

A delightful read that I would recommend.  Only wish I had read it sooner!

Thank you to the publishers for my copy via NetGalley.

 

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