Hello and welcome back to another book review! I have recently finished reading a wonderful book ‘The Flatshare’ by Beth O’Leary. This is Beth O’Leary’s first published novel which is about two people who share a bed, but who have never actually met!
‘Tiffy and Leon share a bed, Tiffy and Leon have never met’…
What a fantastic idea for a novel! From the moment I saw this title on the shelf in Tesco I was intrigued and couldn’t resist purchasing. I could just tell this was going to be a fulfilling romance novel as soon as I picked it up and I could not wait to read.
‘The Flatshare’ is told from the point of view of both Tiffy and Leon, the two main characters (obvs). The chapters alternate between Tiffy and Leon’s POV written in first person, and although at first I wasn’t keen on ‘Leon’s’ writing style- short and abrupt, it seemed to be only in the first of his chapters that this bothered me. As I read on, his chapters became easier to read, and the abruptness wasn’t so noticeable. Maybe it was like that in his first chapter just to set the tone, and maybe it became more flowing throughout the book to show his character growth, but that’s just my thoughts anyway.
‘The Flatshare’ was a lovely, lighthearted read with lots of romance and although slightly predictable at times, it was also as unpredictable as it was predictable which kept it fresh and exciting. There was a great depth to the story as it touched on a more serious topic of emotional abuse in relationships, and it was amazing to see the character development of Tiffy as she grew through that, strengthening and healing after said relationship. There was a great amount of character development from both Tiffy and Leon’s part, which I always think is important in a story. If the characters remain stagnant, I almost feel what is the point? A character needs to develop just as much as the plot of the story after all, that’s relative to real life. We are always growing and developing.
There was a ton of romance in this book, which made me want to go out on a date so much because all the lovey vibes made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside, it made me want to have that exciting romantic connection with someone myself! If you love a good romance novel with passion, excitement and anticipation, The Flatshare is most definitely a book for you. Along with lots of friendship too, I love how this book is all about friendship. Signifying the importance of good friends and how supportive they can be, Tiffy’s friends Gerty and Mo were a symbol and guide of what being a good friend is which was beautiful to read, making me feel the ultimate power of friendship and inspiring me to better myself as a friend also, as Gerty and Mo are a strength and pillar of support to Tiffy, that’s just what I want to be to my friends.
I believe The Flatshare is a very empowering book and I personally feel it teaches great lessons simply on how to be a wonderful person. The positive characters in this book are so positive, with kind, compassionate, loving, supportive and generous hearts, in this novel the good characters aren’t just good, they are REALLY good! In Tiffy, Leon and Tiffy’s friends Gerty and Mo especially, you truly see what pure goodness is, these are wonderful, inspiring characters and just the type of people you’d want in your life and who you may aspire to be like!
Along with the relationships and friendships, there are some great subplots in this novel which are truly heartwarming… I don’t want to drop any spoilers so you are just going to have to take my word for it but yes, there are some very uplifting and beautiful subplots in this book which make you feel loving and joyous. What more could you want from your read, hey!? I think what stands out most in this book for me however, is the sheer love that shines through the characters (the good characters obvs), the good characters in the book, Tiffy, Leon, their friends and family: the love of their characters absolutely shines through and is so beautiful, they are pure goodness and kindness which to repeat myself here, I think is so inspiring. If the world had more people like these beautiful characters, it would for sure be a better place.
I totally enjoyed this wonderful book by Beth O’Leary ‘The Flatshare’, it was a heart warming, uplifting, page turning read which I enjoyed so much, I didn’t want to put down! There was never a dull moment, and I applaud Beth O’Leary for writing such a feel good, beautiful novel whilst also highlighting important issues which need to be raised awareness of (emotional abuse). I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend!
As I mentioned The Flatshare is Beth O’Leary’s first novel and was published this April, I have to say, I am so excited to see what she brings out next!
Have you read Beth O’Leary’s ‘The Flatshare’? Do you plan to? What’s the best book you’ve read recently? Please let me know in the comments below!
As always thank you all for reading,
so much love and light,