The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary



Beth O’Leary:  The Flatshare

Published By: Quercus Books

Buy It: here


What The Blurb Says: 

Tiffy and Leon share a flat

Tiffy and Leon share a bed

Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy 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…

What I Say

Tiffy Moore has just dumped an awful boyfriend called Justin.

Tiffy works at a publishing house and Leon is a Palliative care nurse.

Tiffy has a scatty client called Katherin, who is just about to hit the big time with her book about crocheting, and she needs Tiffy just as much as Tiffy needs her.

Tiffy decides to rent half of Leon Twomey’s bed.

Tiffy is at work when Leon isn’t and vice versa.

Tiffy starts to leave post it notes for Leon, little ones at first, longer ones as they start to communicate.

Leon starts to learn about Tiffy from the notes she leaves him, and Tiffy starts to learn about Leon, and they start to cook and look out for each other.

Leon has a brother called Ritchie who is in prison for an armed robbery he says he didn’t do, and is waiting for his uselesss lawyer to speed up his appeal.

Leon nurses a man called Mr Prior who was in love with a man during World War II and before he passes away, Leon wants him to be reunited with the love of his life.

Leon and Tiffy start to edge closer to each other, realising that they are attracted to each other.

Leon and Tiffy go to Brighton to find Mr Prior’s Mr White, Tiffy hurts her ankle and Leon and Tiffy spend the night together… but nothing happens.

Leon and Tiffy return back to their flat, and suddenly everything has changed between them.

Their Flatshare is no longer as uncomplicated as it should have been, as more things happen and other people get involved.

Leon and Tiffy realise that sometimes, you have to take chances and go beyond what you have accepted for so long, to understand you are worth so much more.

Leon has to try to open his heart and life up to the things he has tried to run away from, to finally find the happiness he deserves.

Tiffy has to realise that the man of her dreams is not the one who controls her every move, and that she has to believe in herself to really find the love she deserves.

Leon and Tiffy are relatable, flawed and fully formed characters who will come into your lives and are impossible to forget.

Leon and Tiffy share the novel with their unique voices and viewpoints, and the story moves along at a perfect pace, filled with normal friends like Mo, Gerty and Rachel.

The Flatshare is the novel we all need to read, especially now. It is a gorgeous, joyous, unapologetic, heartfelt book that is impossible to put down, and even harder to forget.

The Flatshare is a novel that restores your faith in people and in love.

The Flatshare shows that you can read a romantic, comedic novel that will turn all the cliches on its head, but at the same time it is whip-smart, genuinely funny, and made we wish I had a Leon in my life.

Beth O’ Leary has written a novel that I absolutely loved, cannot stop recommending, and was just what I needed to read.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat.

Tiffy and Leon share a bed.

Tiffy and Leon finally meet.

Tiffy and Leon’s story is The Flatshare.

I am so glad that I met them, and I think you will be too.



8 thoughts on “The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

  1. justsamanthae says:

    I just read this book (and loved it)! I have to tell you, I’ve been obsessively scrolling through your blog for hours now (started this morning, kept a tab open all day), and I’ve added so many books to my to-be-read list! I’ve noticed a lot of thrillers/psychological fiction and such—which I do admire but are out of my comfort zone at times— and I was really glad to see a romance review.

    Anyways, I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts! I love your blog and the sincerity with which you approach reading (plus the enjoyment that comes across in all of your reviews). At this point, I have to accept that one of your posts could probably convince me to read a horror novel (where I tend to draw the line). Thank you so much for writing! ❤

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    • yearsofreadingselfishly says:

      I have just seen your comments this morning, and I genuinely don’t know what to say! I have to tell you that earlier this year, I came very close to giving it all up, due to a number of frustrations and feeling that my posts were repetitive and quite frankly not very good.
      To hear this feedback has honestly given me such a boost, and a renewed drive to keep going – I can’t thank you enough for your fabulous comments, and for taking the time to make them. I hope you know how much they mean to me, and that your kind and considered words are just what I needed at the moment.
      If it makes you feel better – I don’t read horror novels – not my genre at all, but if you ever see anything on my blog you want to ask about, just shout!
      Would it be ok for me to share your comment on my Twitter and Instagram? I will of course hide your name, and if that’s not comfortable for you, that’s not a problem at all.
      Thank you so much again, and have a wonderful weekend,
      Love and best wishes,
      Clare xx

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      • justsamanthae says:

        Ahhh I’m so glad to have helped! I know that blogging can be very hard to keep up (especially book blogging, because there are so many blogs out there and views and likes are extremely hard to come by) but I completely agree with your posts about book blogging that I’ve read! From what I’ve seen, you share your genuine thoughts and love for each book, and that’s something that can’t be repetitive. Everyone has different experiences with books (and sometimes even a different experience with the same book— I can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-read Harry Potter), and sharing your experience is awesome to see for other readers. So yeah, I totally understand your frustration, but I’m very glad to have helped in any way!

        And of course you can share my comment! I’d be honored. I hope you have a good weekend too! ❤

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      • yearsofreadingselfishly says:

        You really did! More than you know! Sometimes you get so wrapped up in it all you forget that the whole reading thing is the reason you started doing all this. I looked at your blog too, and your passion and enthusiasm bursts out of every single post. My son is a huge Harry Potter fan, and I’m going to show him your blog- he will love it.
        Have a wonderful weekend – and let’s both just keep reading!
        Clare xx

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