The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is your run-of-the-mill chick lit, but because it’s set in London it’s somehow more charming. That’s what I tell myself anyway! I don’t like to read too many “romance novels” but coming off of several war novels, I just needed a lighthearted break!
Tiffy needs to find a place to live after calling things off, for good this time, with her ex. She has very little money and after checking out her options decides to move into a flat with a roommate. They work opposite schedules, so they will never cross paths. OF COURSE, that’s not what happens, since then we wouldn’t have much of a story! As she gets to know her roommate (and in such a cute and charming way!) we learn about Tiffy’s past relationship and how on this side of things she can see how bad her ex was for her. It’s a cute easy read, but also has some depth to it.
I should issue a warning that the topics of gaslighting and emotional abuse are discussed, so be aware of that!
If you are looking for a light, fun, easy read and enjoy chick lit (I am using this term in this post because I can’t stand to call these books “romance” novels and I think these have a BIT more to them than your typical romance novel, or that’s what I’m telling myself!) in a British setting, check out these that I have enjoyed:
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood – A 45-year-old single woman who finds herself pregnant and her life turned upside down.
One Day in December by Josie Silver – It’s love at first sight for Laurie as she spots handsome Jack from her bus window and she spends the next year looking for him.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Eleanor is a social misfit who becomes entranced with a singer in a band. This story explores some deep themes of manipulation, loneliness, abuse, and abandonment, but still is able to be mostly a positive story about Eleanor overcoming her obstacles.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh – After spending a week with Eddie, Sarah never hears from him again and becomes obsessed with finding him and unraveling the mystery of his sudden disappearance.
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – Ella’s wish of studying at Oxford is coming true right as she’s offered an unbelievable position working on a major political campaign. She decides to work remotely and return after one year at Oxford where she meets Jamie and has a choice to make. This book is sweet and a little sad, too!
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – American Rebecca Porter meets a Royal at university in this story loosely based off of William and Kate’s love story. If you have fallen in love with the Royal Family over the past several years, you will enjoy this book!