“The story is a delight from start to finish…With likable main characters, spot-on dialogue, a fun premise, and plenty of drama, there's a lot to like in this sweet story. A warm, enchanting love story perfect for fans of classic rom-coms.”
Kirkus, starred review
“The Flatshare is a huge, heartwarming triumph.”
Josie Silver, #1 NYT bestselling author of One Day in December
“The new Jojo Moyes...This has all the ingredients of Me Before You…Seriously funny.”
“The Flatshare is the novel equivalent of a cup of hot tea. It’ll warm you up and heal you if you’re hurting.”
“O’Leary's debut is a sweet, quirky novel about two complete opposites falling for one another under the cutest of circumstances...Perfect for fans of Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient and Sally Thorne's The Hating Game.”
“I finished The Flatshare in one sitting – it is, as promised, incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book.”
Louise O’Neill, #1 international bestselling author of Asking For It
“Clever debut…O’Leary’s story packs plenty of laughs and gasps; fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary will want to give this a look.”
“Its breezy prose and fun plot will have you hooked from the first page.”
RealSimple.com, 5 Best Summer Beach Reads
"The Flatshare starts out as a sweet, funny, beautifully written romance with great dialogue and characters you'd love to share a flat with...and then, once you're hooked, it deepens and becomes so much more. It's a cheering, lovely look at friendship and love and learning to trust after heartbreak. I never wanted it to end." Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners and The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness
"Tiffy and Leon will stay in your head long after you turn the final page. This is a gorgeously written, highly original love story that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the questionable joys of shared living. I absolutely loved it." Phoebe Morgan, #1 bestselling author of The Doll House
“In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes’ Walsh sister books … Fresh, funny and feel-good.”
Claire Allan, bestselling author of The First Time I Said Goodbye
Two London roommates with an unconventional bed-sharing situation get to know—and then fall for—each other via Post-it notes before they ever meet.
When Tiffy Moore finally leaves her emotionally abusive, manipulative boyfriend, she needs a cheap place to live ASAP. Leon Twomey, meanwhile, needs money to help get his brother out of prison after a wrongful conviction, so he's looking for a roommate. The catch? They'll be sharing a bed—just not at the same time. Leon works the night shift as a palliative care nurse, meaning he's only at the apartment during the day, while his roommate can have it during nights and weekends. Tiffy's so desperate that she agrees to this unconventional arrangement even though she and Leon haven't even met in person. They start communicating via Post-its left throughout the apartment, and by the time they finally meet in person (in a hilarious shower scene), they've already started to fall for each other. As they get to know each other better and even become friends, they have to decide if they're willing to risk their perfect living arrangement to take a chance on love. Tiffy and Leon could easily become clichéd characters—Tiffy the quirkily dressed woman with a publishing job, Leon the taciturn night-shift worker who avoids friendships—but debut author O'Leary perfectly captures their unique voices. The story is a delight from start to finish, full of eccentric side characters (including Tiffy's friends and co-workers) and sexual tension. Although the romantic comedy elements are always at the forefront, there are plenty of moving moments, especially concerning Leon's job and Tiffy's quest to overcome the abuse and trauma of her past relationship. With likable main characters, spot-on dialogue, a fun premise, and plenty of drama, there's a lot to like in this sweet story.
A warm, enchanting love story perfect for fans of classic rom-coms.
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