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The flatshare : a novel
2019
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  Library Journal Review

DEBUT In this delightful book, Tiffy needs to find a new living situation. Preferably today, as her ex-boyfriend has been bringing around his new girlfriend to the flat. Leon needs to scrape up money for an attorney for his brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of a burglary. These two are a match made in heaven and decide to share a flat-but there's a twist. Leon, who works nights, will have the only bed in the flat during the day; Tiffy will sleep in the bed at night. To make all of this less awkward, they agree to leave the flat during the hours of the other person's occupancy. Tiffy and Leon still have to communicate, which they do via notes scribbled to each other. VERDICT This charming debut features lovely characters being nice to one another. It's easy to root for them to get together and solve the problems in each of their lives. Be prepared to hand-sell this one. It's a sweet romance that will win over readers once they discover it on the shelves.-Jennifer Mills, Shorewood-Troy Lib., IL © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Set in the UK, O'Leary's clever debut follows the unlikely romance between two flatmates. Assistant editor Tiffy Moore, who is trying to get over a breakup, and Leon Twomey, who works night shifts at a hospice clinic, agree to live together, though they never run into one another, as their schedules don't overlap. Instead of speaking to one another, Tiffy and Leon communicate by leaving notes about menial things-whose food is whose, when trash night is, etc. In parallel plots, Tiffy tries to overcome the traumatic memories of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, Justin, who strung her along for months while cheating on her. Meanwhile, Leon diligently tries to reopen his imprisoned brother's robbery case. It's only when Tiffy is running late one morning that the two meet-in the shower. Suddenly more interested in each another, Tiffy and Leon find that they are able to help each other in exactly the way the other needs. Somewhat conveniently, Tiffy has just the friend to help Leon with his brother's legal troubles, and Leon is just the person to help Tiffy recover from her breakup. O'Leary's story packs plenty of laughs and gasps; fans of Bridget Jones's Diary will want to give this a look. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways. </p> <p>Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.</p> <p>After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.</p> <p>Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet.</p> <p>Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes - first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.</p> <p>But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea...especially if you've never met.</p>
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