The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Title: The Flatshare, Author: Beth O'Leary The Flatshare. Finished 12-18-19-19, 4.5/5 stars, fiction, pub. 2019

Unabridged audio read by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune and these two completely sold it.  They were fantastic and I looked forward to getting in the car everyday to spend more time with them!  8 CDs.

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…    from Goodreads

This was the perfect time for this!  I was perusing the library shelves when I saw this and recognized it from around the blogosphere.  It was light, but with some heavy issues that figured prominently into the storyline.  Tiffy was a ray of sunshine, but was healing from a breakup, hoping it wasn’t permanent.  Leon had a girlfriend who took it upon herself to screen the girl that would be sharing his flat, but couldn’t muster sympathy for his imprisoned brother.

The two, never in the apartment at the same time, communicated by post-it note.  How weird would it be to come in one day and someone has moved in all of their stuff and you share a bed (different sides of course), but you don’t meet them?  Bizarre.  I loved the months and months of post-it notes that built this relationship into something that both needed.  It was Tiffy who found a reason to finally meet him through their jobs, only Leon bailed and the notes continued.

I loved the romance and the issues.  Tiffy’s boyfriend was emotionally abusive, Leon’s brother was wrongfully imprisoned, and a search for a long lost love brings them both together for a common cause.  This was fun with just enough heft to give it legs.  I do think the audio may have enhanced my enjoyment.  This was a Goodreads finalist for best romance and I would have voted for it if I’d read it in time.

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