The Flat Share By Beth O’Leary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Flat Share follows Tiffy and Leon who share a one bedroom flat even though they have never met before. Tiffy gets the flat at night as she works 9-5 as a editor and Leon gets the flat during the day since he works nights as a nurse. The two only communicate via notes, this is how they become friends. This arrangement is made because neither of them can afford to rent their own flat in London.
I really loved that the two characters narration was different so their chapters matched their personality. There was also so much depth to all the characters, I really felt like I knew them and was cheering them on! This is one of those books that pull you out of a reading slump and put a smile on your face.
There is so much more to this book than it just being a romance! Tiffy is dealing with a abusive ex-boyfriend and Leon’s brother has been convicted for a crime he has not committed. This added so much to the book and also meant that a lot of quite serious topics were incorporated into the plot in a very respectable way. I thought that the way emotional abuse was presented was done really well and quite accurate in terms of what I have experienced before. I really valued this as I haven’t really read many books where emotional abuse was a main theme.
I loved that it was a happy ending because the characters had grown as people, I’m a sucker for character growth! I also really enjoyed that the timeframe of the story was really long so there was no Romeo and Juliette quick romance which made the story much more realistic. I also LOVE that the chapters were relatively short, i get really bored with big long chapters so this definitely made the book better for me.
I really would recommend this book it is such a lovely read!