Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare
Beth O’Leary


Tiffy Moore owes money and is short on cash. And she needs to get out of her ex-boyfriend’s place as soon as possible. Leon Twomey has an apartment and also needs money. To earn extra cash, he’s been working the night shift as a palliative nurse, but how to get more? Why not rent out his apartment while he’s at work? That should work, right?

Tiffy has looked everywhere and when she sees the ad for Leon’s place, she thinks this unusual arrangement just might work. Since she works days at a publishing company, they could share the apartment and never even meet. One tricky part is that the flat is so small that they will also be sharing a bed, at different times, of course.

That’s the premise of this cute romantic story, about two people who aren’t looking to get together and must learn what to do when the sparks fly.

The story takes place in London and is told from both characters’ points of view. They get to know each other through running conversations on Post-It notes, stuck in various places in the flat. For me, this is the best part of the story. The notes are clever and fun and reveal their personalities as they become more comfortable telling each other about themselves.

But they both have problems and emotional baggage and these back stories slowly come out, making The Flatshare more than just a fluffy story. And while readers know they are in for a romance, it’s not clear how Tiffy and Leon will get over the many hurdles they encounter.

I enjoyed this story because of its pure entertainment value. The characters are likable, modern and fun. While the plot is improbable and sometimes silly, there’s no harm in giving in to a story like this. I can picture The Flatshare as a romantic comedy film.

I recommend The Flatshare to readers who are looking for a quick romantic story, with a little spice.

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30 thoughts on “Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I agree this would be a cute movie. I heard that this author’s most recent book (The Switch, which I haven’t read yet) has been optioned for a movie already. Thanks for linking to my review, too!

    1. Hi Stephanie. Yes, I thought it was cute. Not exactly heavy reading, but I think we’re all allowed to read something light an fun now and then! I haven’t heard about The Switch. I’ll have to look for that. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are doing well and staying healthy 🙂

  2. I am glad you enjoyed this one, as I had been eyeing it for a while and finally ordered it this week from Amazon (in print).

    Thanks for the great review.

  3. I loved this book – couldn’t help but give Tiffy a Scottish accent in my head though… no idea why! 😂

  4. Great review. I haven’t read this one, but I’ve heard good things. I need to get to it soon!

  5. Great review! I really enjoyed this one — despite the silly aspects, and the fact that in reality, I can’t imagine someone sharing a bed with a stranger!!

  6. It would be interesting to see their relationship develop through Post-It notes. The story of getting to know someone in a strange way like that makes me think of movies like The Lake House or Just Like Heaven.

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