The Flatshare

Flatiron: Macmillan. May 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781250295637. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250295644. F
OrangeReviewStarDEBUT In this delightful book, Tiffy needs to find a new living situation. Preferably today, as her ex-boyfriend has been bringing around his new girlfriend to the flat. Leon needs to scrape up money for an attorney for his brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of a burglary. These two are a match made in heaven and decide to share a flat—but there's a twist. Leon, who works nights, will have the only bed in the flat during the day; Tiffy will sleep in the bed at night. To make all of this less awkward, they agree to leave the flat during the hours of the other person's occupancy. Tiffy and Leon still have to communicate, which they do via notes scribbled to each other.
VERDICT This charming debut features lovely characters being nice to one another. It's easy to root for them to get together and solve the problems in each of their lives. Be prepared to hand-sell this one. It's a sweet romance that will win over readers once they discover it on the shelves.

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