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    Adored it!

    The highlight of any book for me, is when I finish reading it and all I want to do is start reading it all over again. "The Flatshare" by Beth O'Leary was one of the those books. I fell head over heels in love with the characters Tiffy and Leon and found their story truly adorable. "Tiffy and Leon share a flat. Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met....... Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they're crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy's at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want the perfect home, you need to throw the rulebook out the window...." The author has written a really funny, realistic yet utterly bonkers premise that had me entertained from the very first page. I was so addicted to it, I found it very hard to put down and completely devoured it in less than two days. I'm not normally a 'chick lit' or romance fan but this grabbed my attention as soon as I saw the bonny cover and upon reading an initial first impression of the book, I knew I was going to find it immensely entertaining. Such a feel good and uplifting story you instantly feel like you are friends with all the characters. I did have a particular soft spot for Leon's brother Richie, who I was rooting for all the way through the story that he'd get his appeal. His lawyer, Gerty (who is Tiffy's friend) is just brilliant and together with her 'are they, aren't they' flatmate Mo, they make a fabulous pairing too. I loved the ending and found it so appropriate considering Tiffy and Leon's relationship being based on messages written on post it notes left all over the flat. You cannot help but be left with a big smile on your face and all I wanted to do once I finished the book was jump straight back into the story and read all about it once again! Would I recommend? Most definitely!! A truly delightful read, perfect for anyone looking for a nice, easy uplifting read, you won't disappointed and I hope to read more by this exceedingly talented author in the future. 5 stars and then some!
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    Fresh, funny & original

    The cover of this really jumped out at me and upon reading the blurb I knew this was a book I really wanted to read. Some books require a few chapters to get you hooked, with this I felt right at home from page one. Tiffy (Tiffany) is a fantastic character, she reminds me a little of Lou from ‘Me Before You’ so I can see where the Jojo Moyes comparison comes from. Leon takes a bit more getting to know but underneath the reticence he’s a very likeable character. Throw Tiffy’s eccentric friends and Leon’s imprisoned brother into the mix and you have the makings of a fabulous story. The concept of renting a bed is fresh and original yet weirdly works in this story, the alternating chapters work well and the notes and dialogue gave me quite a few laughs. Many books are described as funny but few really amuse me as much as this does. Rarely does a book merit 5 stars in my opinion but this is a total gem.
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    Unputdownable!

    I absolutely loved reading this book! From page one to the end I could not do another thing apart from read it through. New fan for life, thanks Beth for the adventure. Highly recommended read, treat yourself.
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    Butterfingers

    What an emotional wringer this book puts you through. There is an enormous amount of joy in this book, despite covering some quite emotive subjects the writing itself is warm and full of a soft, dry wit. The reading experience was one where I actually felt cosseted by the book and I just know this will be a go to pick me up book. Really this is quite odd as it deals with some quite difficult subjects - relationship breakdown, emotional abuse, life threatening illness, miscarriage of justice and just the general slog of trying to make ends meet. It isn't one of those books that shies away from things going wrong for the characters, veracity is paramount throughout. Maybe that is why I enjoyed it as much as I did and seeing as I read 300+ pages in one sitting it is safe to say I REALLY enjoyed it. Tiffy has a great job - Assistant Editor at a Publishing House. Unfortunately, they publish rather niche DIY jobs so it has little in the way of glamour, prestige or anything like a living wage. She has also found herself needing to rent somewhere in London for £400 a month - an exceptionally tall order. Leon has a tough job - night shift Palliative Care Nurse at a local hospice. He is not much of a one for talking and has an issue with using personal pronouns but does seem to be genuinely good at his job. Somehow he needs to scrape together an extra £350 for Sal and he can't keep asking his girlfriend, Kay, for the money. So, the meet cute is set up for Tiffy and Leon. Except they don't meet. They share a flat, they share a bed, they write notes but they have never met. Very odd set up but somehow by the time you get 150 pages in, it all seems perfectly normal. To be honest, I think if you are in a similar situation this could actually work and is a clever work around - then again I work night shifts so I never know what day of the week it is, let alone figure out anything more complicated. As their separate tales unfold you realise that they are both carrying around quite a lot of excess baggage of varying types but their struggles are related so matter of factly that the character's voice is allowed to come through. With a varied supporting cast, including the glorious crocheting Katherin, you get a glimpse of real lives that reflect many of our own experiences. The real star of the story though is the humble Post It Note (other brands of sticky note are available); without it there really isn't a story. I could happily sit here and discuss the plot scene by scene or speculate on certain character's behaviour at certain times but then why would you need to read this book? Trust me if you like no nonsense characters, if you like a little romance and you like a lot of friendship then this would be a wonderful read for you. If you like Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde or Jilly Cooper (and I love all 3) then I am pretty sure you will inhale this book in great big chunks of enjoyment. THIS IS AN HONEST REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK RECEIVED FROM READERS FIRST.
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    Fabulous book

    Bridget Jones-ish but with Heart. Could not put it down and sad when it ended! Loved it!!
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