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The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
Tiffy Moore has been dumped and desperately needs a new flat, but her minimum wage isn’t going to stretch far.
Leon Twomey is a palliative care nurse, working long night shifts with a brother wrongfully imprisoned in jail. He urgently needs to raise money to cover the cost of his brother’s lawyer.
Leon only uses his flat from 9 to 5, Tiffy works 9 to 5 and only needs somewhere to sleep. Could a flat share, or a bed share, be the solution to both of their problems?
The arrangement is soon a reality with Leon and Tiffy conversing only through Post-It notes left around the flat. Can you get to know someone only through their letters? Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never actually met?
I will fully admit, that this novel exceeded my expectations by a mile! I was not prepared for such depth and emotion from this story. I was convinced from the synopsis that it would be a fun yet cliche read, I was wrong, and I’m so happy about that!
The characters are fantastic, Leon is a very humble and caring young guy who is trying to please everyone, he’s instantly likeable. When we meet Tiffy she’s a naive young woman who hasn’t realised the effect her previous relationship has had on her. In my opinion, Tiffy shows the most growth throughout this story, she becomes a much stronger person by the end of the book.
Tiffy’s harassing ex boyfriend is a problem many women face, but it’s not something I’ve seen addressed properly in fiction. The author has written a superb story that subtly shows us how controlling and manipulative Tiffy’s ex is, as well as demonstrating the caring nature of someone who actually cares about their partner.
The sub-plots were very surprising, I was expecting a fairly straight forward tale, but we were introduced to a war veteran with a love affair he couldn’t forget, an eccentric author discovering the benefits of social fame and a brother wrongfully imprisoned. Every character was a wonderful addition to this story.
The dual POV story telling was fantastic, both Tiffy and Leon’s separate personalities shone through the writing, giving you an in-depth impression of both. As well as laughing on occasion, this book also brought me to tears! It is an emotional story full of brilliant writing and fantastic characters. To think this is Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, it is a masterpiece! One of my favourite contemporaries of the year.
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I was sent a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in an way.