A review copy was generously provided by Macmillan Audio
A few weeks ago, I finally got around to reading The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. It was one of those books that had a ton of hype in the romance genre – and, for me, it definitely lived up to the hype. Recently, when Netgalley debuted audiobook review copies, I was over the moon – and when I saw that The Switch by Beth O’Leary was a Read Now title, I didn’t even hesitate before downloading it.
Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…
When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.
Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.
Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?
I’m a sucker for a good illustrated cover – and The Cactus has a gorgeous one – however, after reading the book, I can unequivocally say that the cover is misleading. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start with this one – I picked it up because it was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection. Typically, her selections are pretty darn good, but unfortunately, this one was a huge miss.
Even the prickliest cactus has its flower…For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.When she learns that her mother’s will inexplicably favors her indolent brother, Edward, Susan’s already dismantled world is sent flying into a tailspin. As Susan’s due date draws near and her family problems become increasingly difficult to ignore, Susan finds help and self-discovery in the most unlikely of places.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books I Loved but Never Reviewed. Honestly I kinda have three different reasons that I won’t review a book: it’s a classic (for these, I feel like they’ve been debated over and over and that I would not bring anything new to the conversation), it’s an autobiography (especially if it’s a celebrity one), and sometimes I just plain run out of time and forget how I feel about it.
The Flatshare was one of the most hyped up books in romance of the last year – everyone from bloggers to booktubers to casual readers, it seems like every who has picked this book has loved it – and that kind of reputation around a book tends to make me hesitant to read it. Fortunately, when I set my hesitations aside (and sat down to read it) I was blown away – The Flatshare was a truly unique story with genuinely quirky characters and deft handling of serious topics like gaslighting and emotionally abusive relationships.
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 rulebook out the window…
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite has been on my radar since its release – the title alone was enough to draw my attention. The concept sounded like a quirky thriller – I mean, how many books have you read that are about a character who reluctantly helps her sister get away with murder? Since this is such a short book, I’m going to keep my review short.
Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.