160: The Flatshare

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

What a delightful read! Tiffy was recently dumped by an ego-maniac (but she doesn’t know that’s what he is even though everyone else does) and is still living in his apartment. After he gets engaged to someone else, she needs to find a new place. Since she’s an editor at a very tiny, poorly paying publishing house, her options are few for an affordable flat.

Enter Leon, a night shift, hospice nurse, who’s only home from 9am to 6pm each day and gone on the weekends. So he’s rented out this flat for the other days. Tiffy inquires and comes around to meet him before moving in, but his girlfriend was taking his place because work. So she moves in without actually meeting Leon and they begin sharing notes back and forth to one another.

Their first meeting is quite comical, but because both of their pasts, it takes a while to get life sorted out so they can be together. Yes, they end up together – that’s not a spoiler, it’s a romance novel. There’s always a “Happily Ever After” for the main characters. This isn’t My Best Friend’s Wedding y’all … what ever did happen to Julia Robert’s character in that movie? Did she find someone? Did she “Eat, Pray, Love” her way around the world later? Did she get a “happily ever after”? So many questions.


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