by Beth O’Learynarrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune
set in West London, present day
The Flatshare is the definition of a romcom. It’s sweet and funny, in a witty way and a breath of fresh air after all the deep thrillers I’ve read recently. Tiffy’s struggle in life and love is totally relatable to everyday life. I found myself laughing out loud during walks around the neighborhood. O’Leary is clearly talented, her characters full of life and thoroughly defined. Each of their personalities are so distinctive that I could open the book to a random page and tell immediately if it was Tiffy or Leon narrating. I totally relate to Tiffy’s panic baking. Filled with emotions, exes and brutally honest best friends, The Flatshare is a slow burn and has a believable build up. The fact that O’Leary addresses psychological and emotional abuse in a sensitive and yet direct way gave substance to the story.
I’m a sucker for accents and the British lilts of Fletcher and Fortune are uplifting and fun. He is endearing and she is packed full of energy- just like Tiffy. They both have a great range of emotions. I love the back and forth of Leon and Tiffy’s perspectives. Romance novels with both viewpoints are my favorite and it’s fun to hear the male and female narratives.
The food! ❤️ I loved the food in this book! I’ve learned about so many British baked goods that I cannot believe I have lived 40 years without!! Tiffin? Come on! Why did I not know about tiffin?!