Author: Beth O’Leary
Quote: “It’s weird how easily you can get to know someone from the traces they leave behind when they go.”
Setting: Britain, England, Present
Premise: When you’re barely earning more than minimum wage in London, decent housing can be hard to come by. So when your options are between a mould infested mushroom farm and a nice little one bed that’s just within budget it’s a no brainer, isn’t it? There’s only one caveat, you have to share the flat, and the bed, with a complete stranger that you will never meet.
It takes a damn good premise to get me to read pure romance but this one promised an intriguing story. Bolstered by a ton of good reviews and getting inspired by the bookstagram hype, I dove in. After all, if you’re going to explore a new genre, you should start with the best that genre can offer. This book had it all, complex characters, amazing support characters, feel-good plot lines and perfect story beats.
The book has two points of view, Tiffy and Leon. Something I loved about this book was that not only were Tiffy and Leon polar opposites (quite literally night and day in keeping with the book premise!) but the chapters were actually written differently. Tiffy’s first-person account shows us her bubbly, chatty personality in the flowing emotional first-person prose we’ve come to expect of romance. Leon’s chapters, on the other hand, were written almost script-like, a stylistic tweak that really showed how controlled his mannerisms are despite the turmoil beneath the surface. It was an addictive combination that really gets you inside both character’s heads. Tiffy and Leon communicate for half the book through the medium of post-it notes.
Tiffy’s theme follows recovery and rebuilding following a toxic and gaslighting relationship. As her story develops we learn more and more about her ex and the damage he did. Leon’s theme is about keeping hope and faith even when all seems lost, even his job reflects this theme. Together they help each other through their respective challenges and overcome their thematic problems.
At the start of this book, I was a little dubious as to how it would live up to the hype, but I needn’t have worried. This book was the definition of unputtadownable, to the point where whenever I picked up my phone I found myself on the kindle app and not even on Instagram! The feel-good ending was a balm to my anxiety-riddled soul and left me with a happy smile for the rest of the day. A brilliant book, I hope you love it too. Happy Book Hunting!
You’ve heard enough about how much I like this book, but is this book you’re hunting for?
- Do you enjoy character led plots?
- Are you in the mood for a feel good story with a happy ending that will leave you smiling all day?
- Do you want the best book BFFs ever?
If you answered yes, yES, YES! Then this might well be your next favourite read!