Published: April 10, 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
“The art of letter writing. A profoundly… intimate thing, a letter, isn’t it?”
Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.
Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.
Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.
Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…
As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.
Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?
The Flatshare is a story about two individuals, Tiffy & Leon, sharing the same flat but have never met and have only communicated through post-it notes. And of course, we knew how stories like this ends.
I was enjoying the first half of this book because I really like the troupe where the characters have not met yet but they develop friendship and eventually fall in love. However, the other half feels too much. Other than the story of Leon and Tiffy, there are a lot of subplots – a crazy ex-boyfriend, a hunt for a missing lover and family issue. So while we focused on the getting to know each other stage of our main characters in the first half, we deal with all these issues in the second half. And even though the author wraps-up the plot and the subplots quite well I am not that invested with it rather than the first half.
But I think the biggest issue that I have about this book is Leon’s POV. It’s not even Leon as a character but the writing style or the way the author writes his POV that’s annoying. The narrator feels like a robot. I know that one of the problems of having dual or multiple POVs is distinguishing the characters from one another but this is going on another level. Thank goodness that I pushed through that writing style but I think if the readers would not make peace with this writing style they will not enjoy the book.
This book is enjoyable but I would not recommend it if you are looking for just a good time. It deals with some serious topics like abused though it was not dealt with quite heavily. Just a trigger warning though.
But all in all, this book is a good and fast read. Perfect for those who are looking for a different take in romance.
If you guys have any recommendation about books like this one (where the characters developed feelings even though they are not seeing each other) please recommend it to me. I am so into this kind of books.
That’s all for this review.
Till next time!