10th April 2019 Quercus Books (Hardback)
TIFFANY AND LEON SHARE A FLAT.
TIFFANY AND LEON SHARE A BED.
TIFFANY AND LEON HAVE NEVER MET…
Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution; night-worker 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 to feel at home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
One of Quercus Books major book launches of 2019, The Flatshare generated a lot of hype around publication day back in April. This book is exactly what I expected from a contemporary rom com. It was heartwarming and engaging with wonderful central characters who I found myself invested in. Written in alternating chapters from the first person perspectives of Tiffy and Leon, the reader joins these 2 on their journey getting to know one another, first as ships in the night, communicating only via post it note. But lives inevitably overlap and a friendship develops, they do meet and an attraction is evident, built on the solid foundations of their written acquaintance.
Both characters have interesting lives, Leon is a palliative care nurse and he works nights in a hospice, while Tiffy work for a small publishers specialising in DIY and crafting books. Tiffy has some terrific friends and Leon has his patients and his brother – currently in prison for a crime he did not commit.
This book is funny, entertaining and leaves the reader with a warm feeling. A rewarding read which nicely ties up the happy ending, and while holding no surprises the escapism offered from the ‘happily ever after’ is worthy of the journey. The Cosmopolitan quote on the cover suggests Beth O’Leary is, ‘the new JoJo Moyes’ I wouldn’t disagree, O’Leary has written a solid debut novel, a romantic comedy tackling some serious issues but shrouded in a happy feel good read.
Would I recommend it, yes absolutely – a wonderful read deserving of the hype.
About the Author
Beth O’Leary studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can while still being in reach of London and wrote The Flatshare on her train journey to and from work. She is now writing novels full time and if she’s not at her desk, you’ll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).