The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The lowdown on The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary from Goodreads
Publication Date April 19th, 2019
Would you do it? Could you or would you share a flat with someone you never met? Not only are you sharing a flat, but you’re also sharing a bed. Sure, it’s not at the same time, but still. The plan is for you to live at the same home. Yet, with your opposite schedules, you never see your flatmate. It could work, right? Well, Tiffy & Leon think it will.
More Heartfelt Than I Expected
Based on the synopsis of The Flatshare, I’m expecting a rom-com. While there are some funny moments, this story is really tender. Both characters are kind of muddling through life at this stage. The Flatshare arrangement is meant to help propel both of them forward. A mutually beneficial arrangement if you will.
Once they start leaving notes for one another, their connection begins to grow. It’s like the magic of a long distance relationship that’s happening within your home. Slowly, they both get to know one another & dare I say, begin to feel some type of way. What happens when they meet? Will their relationship change when they meet? These are the questions that keep me listening.
Both Tiffy & Leon are dealing with their own challenges in life. I certainly don’t want to spoil anything But, Beth O’Leary does a great thing & makes these characters more complex. As they both find their way through obstacles, they have in each other to lean on. Again, they haven’t met. For me, this makes their connection more meaningful and valuable.
As much as I love dual timelines, I also love dual narrators! Thankfully, Macmillan Audio gave me the opportunity to be an early listener Now, I love my audiobooks. Trust me when I say the audio is the way to go! I haven’t heard of anyone who didn’t enjoy it. For starters, the book is written in a similar manner to Bridget Jones’s Diary. While that format doesn’t bother me, I know some people struggle with it. OLeary really gives readers an inside look into both characters so some of the writing is internal dialogue.
Truthfully. the audio brings the story to life. Both narrators are fantastic. There is a part in the story where someone sheds a tear & I love that the narrators voice cracks during this part. It made me choke up & really is a fantastic audio performance.
I am Really Into This book! For me, the audio made this sweet love story come to life. I highly recommend it.
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Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).