The Flatshare

Beth O'Leary
The Flatshare
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Flatiron Books
Release Date
May 2019
Contemporary Romance

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you've never met.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Mar 23, 2020   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
11 people found the following review helpful
Beth O'Leary has come up with something unique in THE FLATSHARE. Here we see Tiffy and Leon sharing a flat in the non-traditional sense; she gets the flat in the evening while he goes to work as a night palliative care nurse, and he gets the flat in the morning while she goes to work as a book editor.

We see Tiffy's change and growth through the course of this book. While Leon and her friends help her, it's really her who did all the heavy lifting and I was cheering for her toward the end of the book. She's come so far from the Tiffy we saw at the start of the book, and I hope every woman in her situation has such supportive friends. Tiffy is amazing; I love how she's so bubbly and warm, open and tender-hearted. The hero, Leon, is such a darling, and his devotion to his brother endearing.

Tiffy and Leon alternated chapters from the first person points of view, and while I appreciate the author's efforts to differentiate how these two protagonists think, it was hard to read Leon's chapters at first. I have to admit I soldiered on because I wanted to get to the chapter where Leon and Tiffy first interacted. And when I get there, when they started exchanging notes, that's it. I was hooked. I loved their notes; their personalities really shone through.

I also love Tiffy's friends--the brusque Gerty and compassionate Mo. Whatever their qualities, they were both loyal friends who stood by Tiffy and I love that.

THE FLATSHARE is an engaging read you don't want to miss!
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