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The Sunday Times top five best-seller.

One of ELLE UK's Best Audiobooks of 2020.

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 rule book out the window....

This audiobook contains an exclusive interview with author Beth O'Leary and narrator Carrie Hope Fletcher. 

©2019 Beth O'Leary Ltd (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"The new Jojo Moyes.... This has all the ingredients of Me Before You." (Cosmopolitan)

"Funny and winning...a Richard Curtis rom-com that also has its feet firmly planted in real life. A real treat." (Stylist)

"In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes' Walsh sister books...." (Claire Allan)

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Loved it!!!

I needed a lovely story to brighten my life. This was it. Absolutely perfect. Beautiful narration, just perfect as Tiffy and Leon. I usually send my read books to the cloud, but this is staying. I will listen again and again. Can't wait to hear another from Beth.

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Unique, feel good love story!

This book is amazing! I pre-order it after reading about it and it did not disappoint. I loved the premise of the story and seeing it develop was amazing. It’s engaging, with a lot of depth and still has that feel good love story in it despite the dark themes at times.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a interesting London love story which has character, humour and the grit of London living.
Will definitely listen to this audiobook again!

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A new favourite romance

Tiffy needs somewhere cheap to stay. She sees an advertisement for a flat bed share. Leon works night shifts and needs extra money to pay for his brother's lawyer fees. They come up with an arrangement: Tiffy has the flat during the evenings, weekends and nights, Leon during the day. The number one rule of the bed-sharing: don't meet your roommate.

Leon was the sweetest character. He was reserved, almost shy, and only comfortable around a few people he was close to. He works night shifts as a hospice nurse. When we first meet Leon, he is in a relationship with Kay, who subtly seems to put him down, hates Leon talking about his brother (who is in prison for a crime he did not commit) and thinks he's wasting his time trying to track down one of his patients' long-lost love. Needless to say, Leon needs a more supportive, caring girlfriend...

Enter Tiffy! Tiffy works for a DIY craft publisher, a job which pays her poorly yet she absolutely loves. Her love for bright, unusual clothing continues into her own wardrobe and - to Leon's horror at the beginning - their flat. Tiffy was "quirky" without it being over the top; both characters seemed like real, whole, actual people.

Tiffy is also reeling from a recent break up with her ex, who has left her for another woman. The author tackles emotional abuse in relationships so well with Tiffy and Justin's past relationship. How someone can be gaslighted and manipulated and not even realise this is what is happening to them. How the impact of such a relationship can be carried forward in your life long after it has ended. Tiffy's experience is something that sadly happens and the author broached this topic in a sensitive yet empowering way.

In the first half of the book, our main characters don't actually meet. This is something that would usually put me off, yet the tension kept me hooked. Instead, Tiffy and Leon communicate through the use of post-it notes they leave around the flat. This was so cute! Tiffy and Leon's post-it note conversations were endearing and funny.

I have never wanted two characters to end up together so much. They were the perfect balance for each other and - especially after their past relationships - both deserved a kind, loving partner. The build-up of their relationship was tension-heavy and had an amazing pay-off. I honestly don't know how anyone couldn't love these two.

And I also loved the supporting characters! Mo and Gerty, Tiffy's friends from uni, were great. Gerty appeared cold and blunt but was also incredibly loyal. Mo was just a sweetheart. I also loved Richie, Leon's brother, and the side-plot of his wronged imprisonment was engaging; tragic yet hopeful.

Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune did a wonderful portrayal of these characters and their narration added an extra sparkle to the already wonderful story. At the end of the audiobook Carrie also interviews the author which was really interesting.

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Rubbish

One of the worst and most obvious books I have listened to, thank goodness it’s finished, I must of fast forward most of it, not necessary to listen as the outcome was inevitable

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feelgood with a bit of depth

I loved the story and the characters. I did not appreciate the sound effects when they were talking on the phone, that made it hard to hear what they were saying.

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Beautifully written, beautifully narrated

I loved this story so much! The characters felt real and despite the fact that both narrators were reading seperate chapters you still felt so connected to the story. Very enjoyable and the pacing was very nice.

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Annoying mobile phone audio!

I couldn’t get on with this book. I was a bit doubtful as to the storyline as it just didn’t seem plausible that two strangers would share an actual bed as well as a flat! But I thought I’d give it ago as some reviews were good. Sadly my initial thought was right and I just couldn’t get into it. In addition within the first hour alone there were about 3 phone call conversations that were very annoyingly narrated like the person on the other end of the phone was miles away! It was very irritating and also me and I had to keep turning the volume up and down! Just not for me to have returned for a refund!

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Cute easy read

Cute fun chick-lit book. The bits about the ex-boyfriend made it stand out from other books in the genre.
Both narrators do a good job; however I did not care for the way the audio was set up during phone conversations

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Really great!

I really enjoyed this book. It is such a nice concept for a book with the way the characters don't meet for the first half. The narrators were wonderful too, which is quite rare. I looked forward to listening to it whenever I could!

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Beware heroine is quirky girl with vintage clothes

I obviously mis-read the blurb on this because I hadn't realised this was going to be 100% chick lit. So whilst this story is based on a good idea and is very well read it really wasn't for me. Perhaps I am just a miserable old codger or perhaps we were very different back in the 60'and 70's but I don't relate to these gushing multicoloured clad girls at all. Certainly none of them are going to further their careers if they don't actually get their head down and do some decent work... The author sounds particularly nice from the interview at the end and so I'm sorry not to be giving it a 5 star review. However bear in mind the 2 stars only relate to people like me, I tend to think if this is your sort of thing you will love this (and even I almost shed a tear at the end!).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-19

Feel good listen

Great narrations. Feel good story with recognisable moments and characters you can identify with! Listen to it! :D

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  • Marina Alencar Sousa
  • 24-11-20

WARM HEARTS ALLL OVER

Just the best, the best, the best! You won’t regret it, believe me! Just listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Loved it

Loved every minute of this book! Easy listening and funny moments. Really a great relaxing book to listen to.

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  • Claire Vanderhaeghen
  • 01-10-20

Slow start

Really had to push through to get in to the story. After a 2 month pause, I finally gave it another go and turned out it was surprisingly cute.

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  • Nguyen L.
  • 26-07-20

This book makes me want to love again

It's so uplifting and interesting story about 2 people can fall in love in a witty way.

Imagine how much we can know about one person without the benefit of his/her appearance. By the coffee cup in the sink, the clothes left in the rack, the book he is reading in the bed stand and the smell of her perfume lingered in the flat. It is just defined a new kind of romantic gestures when you are learning how to take care of one and another.

Leon, Leon, Leon... my heart can't stop humming his name.

Post-it notes replace messenger and bring the air of vintage into their daily conversation just like a slow dance.

One more positive thing about this book is it brings up the information of female's emotional abuses and I'm happy that contemporary now is doing a good job to convey controversial and necessary issues to readers.

And I must give the author credit for her well plot. It's quite simple but the series of events have arranged intentionally and rationally.

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  • SarahH
  • 24-07-20

Perfect!

I loved this book so much! It’s funny, heartwarming, beautifully written and unique. I loved the idea of two people sharing a bed but never meeting, it’s such a fun idea and so very different. Leon and Tiffy are both fantastic characters and I loved watching them get to know each other through just sharing a space together and their post-it notes to each other.

I’m so pleased I chose to listen to this as an audiobook as the two narrators are absolutely perfect in their roles and bring the book to life beautifully. I can’t rate this highly enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

The best love story of this year

Love the story, full od bumps and turns, not boring any second. The end scene with Justin was little too rush for me but ok. Just I really had to get used to narrators voices, esp. Leon. Not the most pleasant one.

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  • Melissa
  • 30-06-20

Lovely, original rom-com with excellent narration

I enjoyed this audiobook very much. It's perfect, light escapism combined with the kind of originality that hooks a reader from the blurb to the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program," tagline. The narrator choices are both excellent, and both voice actors do an excellent job in bringing their characters to life with apparent ease. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loved a good rom/com, especially one with a twist - a genuine delight in this dark, uncertain time.

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  • Janne Janssens
  • 09-03-20

so much more than romance

I rarely pick up a book in the romance genre, and now I wonder why. Because. I. Loved. This. Book.
The synopsis gives you the feeling that this book will be cute and fluffy, but it isn't. This book deals with some heavy topics (phsychological abuse) and the author succeeds in carefully handling this topic without making is seem less problematic than it is.
Tiffy and Leon are both very loveable characters. Although Tiffy has been mentally abused and her self-confidence is almost completely gone, she still remains true to herself. She demonstrates this through her exuberant clothing style and she does not let her friends' or colleagues' opinions change this.
The way Leon deals with Tiffy's eccentric personality and her deep emotions is heart warming. Can there be more Leons in this world, please?

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  • LR
  • 04-06-19

Absolutely loved this book!

The performances are absolutely fantastic and draw the reader in from the very beginning. A modern day fairytale.