Title: The Flat Share
Author: Beth O’Leary
Release Date: April 10th 2019
Genre: Fiction, Romance
*talk of emotional and psychological abuse
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?
Why I Love This Book
“Being nice is a good thing. You can be strong and nice. You don’t have to be one or the other.”
I could not get away from this book! Everywhere I looked, this book would pop up and because I’m such a sucker for a good romance story, I just had to go out and buy it immediately.
There wasn’t anything in this book I didn’t. The main characters, Tiffy and Leon had such strong personalities that you couldn’t help but love. The anticipation of when they would both meet made the story so captivating. But finding out what is happening in lives such as Leon’s brother being falsely accused of a crime and Tiffy’s creepy ex-boyfriend, you can’t help but turn the page to see what happens next.
“Often think it must be very tiring, being Tiffy. Even in note form, she seems to expend so much energy.”
This is such a cute non-traditional story love story. It’s not your regular boy meets girl. In-fact Tiffy and Leon have never met, but do share a bed together. Weird right? Apparently not so much to them.
I admire Tiffy’s courage of trying to release herself from the grasp of her manipulative ex-boyfriend. But the only way to do this is to flatshare with Leon, meaning Tiffy has the flat in the evenings and weekends and Leon has it during the day. With busy work schedules and unexpected events, it takes some time for the two to eventually meet up. They adapt to the situation by leaving chains of post-it notes around the flat. Asking about each others day, learning more about each other and finding out they have more in common than they think. Eventually, this leads to, well, a very awkward meet-cute.
As well as an endearing love story, the author also tackles emotional abuse, gaslighting* and other psychological abuse. She addressed these issues so well and through Tiffy’s character, the reader can see what effect this has on people.
“It was never home until you were there, Tiffy.”
I’m usually not a massive fan of a story being told from two different points of view. The standard finds out as you go a long approach is normally enough for me. However, I found this book so exciting to read from Tiffy’s and Leon’s point of view. As they don’t meet until much later in the book, it’s harder for them to find out information about each other but as the reader, we get to get to know both their personalities before they do.
I adore both Tilly and Leon’s character. It’s very clear in each chapter who is narrating out of the two of them. Not just through their personalities, but the writing style as well. They both had issues that they were dealing with throughout the story and it was so lovely to see them support each other and slowly bring each other into their lives.
I enjoyed nearly all of the supporting characters we got to know them from the view of two different people and uncover more details that make them likeable to the reader.
“Remind myself that there is no saving of people – people can only save themselves. The best you can do is help when they’re ready.”
Overall, I had such high expectations for this book and I was a bit nervous to read it, incase it didn’t live up to all the hype… I don’t know why I was so worried. Apart from a bit of a slow start, I was still captivating from beginning to end and can’t wait to find the time to read this all over again!
I cannot stress enough how much I recommend this book. Anyone who loves romance, it’s perfect for you. Even if romance isn’t your favourite genre, you might enjoy the twist on boy meets girl typical romance.