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The No Show By Beth O’Leary

The No Show‘The No-Show’ is the latest book by Beth O’Leary.

Three women. Three dates. One missing man. 8.52 a.m. Siobhan is looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it – she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast on Valentine’s Day surely means something … so where is he? 2.43 p.m. Miranda’s hoping that a Valentine’s Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It’s a fresh start and a sign that her life is falling into place: she’s been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn’t he shown up? 6.30 p.m. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at an engagement party. They’ve not known each other long but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he’s not here. Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.

Beth is back with another thought provoking, warm and charming story that gripped my attention this weekend.

The story is seen from the narrative of three women, Jane, Siobhan and Miranda who all have one thing in common, they all know a man called Joseph Carter. All women are completely different in personalities and situations, Jane is a quiet, meek woman who volunteers at a charity shop, she keeps to herself, living a life of routine and living her messy past behind, Siobhan is a fiery Irish woman who’s a life coach and travels to London every month for work whilst Miranda is a tree surgeon, enjoys working amongst a team of men. All three women are all falling for Joseph with his charms and good looks, until one day he doesn’t show up and they all wonder what’s Joseph Carter’s story.

The story flows between the three women during a period of time and it really does make for fascinating reading as the three of them interact unaware of their connection with Joseph. I loved reading how each one of them were affected by Joseph and the huge differences he made to their lives.

The mixture of personalities and scenarios made this story a joy to curl up with. Beth has written another brilliant multi-layered story that is poignant, rich in humour and packed with relatable characters. The various narratives weave beautifully together, bringing the story to a tidy conclusion that really warmed my heart.

‘The No-Show’ is another beautifully written story. From the first page, Beth has delivered a story that will make you cry, swoon and your heart ache about love, friendship and new beginnings.

You can buy ‘The No-Show’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Switch By Beth O’Leary

The Switch‘The Switch’ is the latest book by Beth O’Leary.

Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and L Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?

‘The Switch’ is the welcome return to Beth O’Leary who after the success of her debut called ‘The Flatshare’ has become one of my favourite authors.

Like ‘The Flatshare’, her latest book is another dual narrative and this time it’s from grandmother and grand daughter duo, Eileen and Leena who both are at turning points in their lives and need a change of scenery, so they decide to switch homes and take a break from their lives.

Leena has to take a break from the busy streets from London and her grandmother is tired of the countryside and wants the opportunity to kick up her heels. A young woman at heart, age is but a number for Eileen and enjoys spending her days between the sheets with her dapper lover called Jackson, whilst getting to enjoy Leena’s friends. Leena has enjoyed the slower pace of life in Yorkshire, blending in with the community and getting to know Ethan, a handsome and kind man that the elderly ladies are fiercely protective off.

Beth is genuinely a lovely writer, a fresh voice in fiction. Her books pull the readers in with their charm, unique plots with relatable characters that makes for addictive reading.

This book is a lovely coming of age story about 2 people trying to find their place in life and sometimes to do that, you need to mix things up a bit to get on the right path. I loved Leena, a relatable woman who’s trying to find the right career for her and establish herself into a successful relationship. In London, we seen a struggling young woman who blossoms and glows in the slower pace of life in the Yorkshire village, helping with events and making new friends along the way. I adored Eileen, her passion for life and voracity to have fun radiated from the pages with her sharp tongue and creativity.

A heartwarming and charming story, that tackles the hardships of mental health and grief with sensitivity, ‘The Switch’ is another uplifting and slice of feel good fiction from Beth O’Leary. With drama, humour and poignancy throughout, Beth has successfully mastered the second novel with an outstanding triumph.

You can buy ‘The Switch’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

My Top 12 Books Of 2019

My Top 12 Books Of 2019

Every year, I spend some time looking over my reviews of the books from that were published during that year and find myself faced with the same quandary. What have been my favourite books? The books that I recommended, enjoyed and passed onto friends to share the experience.

2019 has been no different, it’s a cracking year for debuts, ‘The Silent Patient’, ‘The Flat Share’ and ‘The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ were all fantastic books that have soared through the books charts

After ten years of writing, C.L. Taylor received numerous accolades for her book called ‘Sleep’ and who can forget that sunny day in July when I read both ‘Those People’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’.

This was initially a list of my top 5 books of 2019, then it became my top 10 before finally becoming a top 12 books of 2019.

So, if you’re looking for some ideas for the book lover in your life, then look no further!

1. ‘Lies Lie Lies’ by Adele Parks
2. ‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs
3. ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ by Anstey Harris
4. ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell
5. ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce
6. ‘Those People’ by Louise Candlish
7. ‘Half a World Away’ by Mike Gayle
8. ‘Tell Me Your Secret’ by Dorothy Koomson
9. ‘Sleep’ by C.L. Taylor
10. ‘Louis and Louise’ by Julie Cohen
11. ‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary
12. ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides

The Flatshare By Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare‘The Flatshare’ is Beth O’Leary’s debut novel and it’s also Quercus books most anticipated debut of the year.

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.

The story is seen through the narrative of Tiffy and Leon, who flat share, but have never met and communicate through post its to each other. Tiffy, is struggling for money and having come out of a toxic relationship needs somewhere to live urgently. So, when she sees the advert for an unconventional flat share, she jumps at it. Much to the dismay of her best friends. Leon needs someone to help pay the bills, whilst he works at night in a hospital as a palliative care nurse. Whilst he works at night, Tiffy has the house to herself and sleeps on the left side of the side. Then, when she’s at work, Leon sleeps on the right side of the bed.

As the months pass, they confide in each other and become close friends as they deal with problems in their lives and they find it easier to chat through the medium of notes instead of face to face, as they can be brutally honest with each other.

Like many others who’ve read ‘The Flatshare’, I adored this book. The plot is such a unique concept and the story is cleverly written. I loved both Tiffy and Leon, they were such interesting characters that complimented each other. Tiffy is outspoken, adventurous and with a vibrant wardrobe. Her confidence is low, from a bad relationship and as the story progresses, we see her blossom and grown in confidence, all down the post its that the quiet and gentle Leon leaves for her.

I read this book in a couple of sittings and found it difficult to put down. It’s deliciously written with warm and kind characters, that I fell in love with. With a stunningly pretty cover, and an unique premise, ‘The Flatshare’ is a captivating and funny story, of love, friendships and new beginnings.

You can pre-order The Flatshare from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th April 2019