The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I often lament that romance novels start feeling the same to me after reading as many as I’ve read over the years. It’s hard for me to distinguish the many novels I read unless they are utterly unique.


The Flatshare

by Beth O’Leary


Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 18th 2019

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary


The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary



I often lament that romance novels start feeling the same to me after reading as many as I’ve read over the years. It’s hard for me to distinguish the many novels I read unless they are utterly unique.

I’m happy to say, that Beth O’Learly did what I wish many other authors would do, she wrote a debut novel that was quirky, unique and had a most engaging plot. The Flatshare was a feel-good novel that was hard to forget. Memorable from begging to end, thanks to fabulous, vibrant and distinctive characters and an overall storyline that was heart touching and beautiful.

The author deserves the bestseller lists. The hype is REAL and this book deserves to be read by every romance novel enthusiast.

Because the idea of sharing a flat with someone, but never catching sight of the other person, even though sharing a bed is a daily occurrence, was absolutely intriguing to me.

I think for me the heart and soul of the story was the way Tiffy and Leon communicated with each other. Their post-it notes conversations were heart-warming, funny, touching, and just all around wonderful. A truly refreshing take on a romantic comedy. I actually was looking forward to those notes – maybe even more so than Leon himself.

Besides the post-it chats, there were three major plots that wove beautifully through the entire story. These plots were connected by a cast of wonderful characters. Every single cast member was distinctively different in personality and voice. And I LOVED them all.

Both Leon and Tiffy were genuine and nice. Easy to be liked. And a wonderful addition to anyones circle of friends. I’m not surprised that they drew me in from almost the very beginning.

“Almost” because I needed a tiny bit of an adjustment period until I was truly comfortable with the authors writing style. Not only had the book a distinctive British voice (which I’m a HUGE fan of) but Leon’s alternating POV was quite peculiar. Moreover the author managed to capture the uniqueness of Leon’s personality in an incredibly compelling way.

Honestly, I have only great things to say about this debut novel. It might even be one of the most unique novels I read this year. And it definitely goes on my ‘new to me author list of 2019’.


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The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary



The Flatshare - Beth O'LearyTiffy and Leon share a flat
lTiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

lTiffy 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…



Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).



The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

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