Chick lit

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

As of writing this post, the book is still available for request at NetGalley. You can click on the cover page to be lead to the page.

Sometimes, you need a good book with endearing characters and few crazy and some heartwarming situations to make your day. The story has to come together in just the right way to make you tear up/laugh. This book does a large chunk of that job.

Tiffy is at her wits end when the story begins. She talks herself into an arrangement to share a flat with a person who she never actually meets but works as a palliative nurse. A man with a job like that cannot be too bad is something of a subtext in this situation. We are then introduced to the extended supporting cast., the friends, the co-workers and the ex. Each of the good smaller characters make their presence felt in the tale itself as well as the soothing effect they have in the daily life of our principal characters. I read an advance e-copy but I hope the final print copy has all the notes (that constitute Tiffy and Leon’s primary mode of communication) as actual sticky notes and not blurred with the text for maximum effect.

The entire thing is straightforward with a few surprises but for the most part you know what to expect but enjoy it all the same. Leon does not understand Tiffy with her job as Asst. Editor at a publisher who only publish DIY books (something that I have a personal vested interest in!) or her verbose oversharing. I like the way he sometimes finds her communication tiring but in a ‘good way’. Leon’s communications are more abrupt but he grows on the reader as does Tiffy’s rebuilding of her own confidence. I highly recommend this book to people loving for a reasonably fast paced, good-hearted tale and people who like this genre. I am sure most people will like getting to know these people as much as I did.

I received an advance copy of the book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but this has not impacted my review in any way.

If you want to purchase the book: Book Depository (Affiliated link)

 

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