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Beth O'Leary

Autor(a) de The Flatshare

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Oxford University

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Beth O'Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote her debut novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from her job at a children's publisher. She now lives in the Hampshire countryside and writes full time.



I finally understand all the hype and praise that The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary was given. As two roommates who never meet face-to-face fall in love through notes, the reader can’t help but join them. As romantic comedy novels go, this one was top-notch.

Tiffy who works as a publisher of DIY books, and is going through a difficult break-up from her nasty ex-boyfriend, discovers a flat that is within her budget. Leon, a palliative care nurse, works nights so the arrangement is easy, Tiffy has the use of the bed at night, while Leon sleeps in the day. But as they exchange notes on day-to-day things their lives start to entwine and slowly they discover what the reader already senses, these roommates could soulmates. Of course there are a number of things to sort through before these two can live happily ever after and it’s a fun ride with these two lovable characters.

The Flatshare is a clever, slightly quirky story. The two main characters are fun to follow and the author gives us some interesting secondary characters who help move the story along. I liked how the characters developed a friendship before getting romantic and that they both had issues to deal with. I was surprised that this is the author’s debut novel but happy that I can now search out more of her stories.
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DeltaQueen50 | 109 outras críticas | Apr 16, 2024 |
A combination of things I love in a story, young and elderly people interracting in a found family sort of way, a sprinkling of romance but the heroine has other stuff going on, too, like figuring out her career, family, and healing emotionally. If you’ve read and enjoyed The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole, you’ll probably like this one, too, the stories differ, but I felt like there’s a similar vibe.

Sometimes with dual POV’s, you’ll favor one much more than the other, happily, I found both of these women very easy to like, and there’s also such an entertaining sense of community established on both sides of their home swap, the supporting characters are just as engaging as Leena and her grandmother.

As mentioned, there is romance in this book, but not enough that I’d qualify it as a romance novel, so if that’s what you’re craving this might disappoint. There are hints of romance building throughout and I did like the two resulting couples, however, if I had one minor complaint, it’s that I would have preferred that their other romantic relationships were out of the way a bit earlier so that getting together could have felt slightly less rushed in the end.

While this does have some serious stuff going on, adultery, an abusive marriage, grief, and some good dramatic conflict between Leena and her mom, this book is most often humorous and uplifting.
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SJGirl | 61 outras críticas | Apr 9, 2024 |
Ordinarily, I leave romances on the shelf where they belong. Two of my favorite people recommended this, though, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is one of the best romances I've ever read, and uniquely told from both perspectives. I loved it!
pianistpalm91 | 109 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2024 |
This was a fun book. I enjoyed that the author brought an older person (aged 79) into the life of a younger person (aged 29) - grandmother and grandchild.

The Switch is a lighthearted novel where grandmother has just been dumped and granddaughter has just royally flubbed a work presentation. Both are suffering from grief (loss of grandchild/sibling). The two decide to switch lives, taking the elder Eileen to live in London with the younger Eileen’s (“Lena”) flatmates. Lena moves into her grandmother’s home and steps into her grandmother’s life.

Through some fun twists and turns (grandma gets on a dating site and Lena falls for the local primary school teacher) the story weaves in and out of the lives the two now lead. And without much strife, all the hiccups and loose ends are tied into a tidy bow. And yes, they all live, as expected, happily ever after. I’m not generally a huge fan of this type of “as predicted” trope, but in this case, I thoroughly enjoyed, The Switch.
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LyndaWolters1 | 61 outras críticas | Apr 3, 2024 |



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