Written by Mary Jayne Baker
Two best friends. Eight pub quizzes. One shot at love…
There are some people who seem like they have all the answers in life. Clarrie Midwinter isn’t one of them.
At the age of 26, tomboy Clarrie is still struggling to become a ‘proper’ grown-up. She’s eternally strapped for cash, she hasn’t had a date in nearly a year and her attempts to quit smoking tend to take a nosedive after the second pint. Most annoyingly of all, her ladykiller best friend Simon just won’t stop asking her out. The only thing keeping her sane is her pub quiz team, the Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers.
But when Simon bets her a date their team will win the quiz league, Clarrie is forced to confront what she really wants out of life – and love. Is it finally time for her to grow up?
Gloriously irreverent, badly behaved romantic comedy from the author of Meet Me at the Lighthouse.
A Feel-Good Read, Full of Humour!
This is a refreshing read; warm, realistic and so very absorbing – I almost feel as if I’m part of this one!
Clarrie Midwinter is not comfortable in her own skin. At the age of twenty-six she still feels that she hasn’t grown up, despite running her own small bookstore and living in the flat above. The highlight of her week is competing with a group of friends in the local pub quiz league; the bane of her life is long term friend Simon continually asking her for a date, despite have a legion of girls dropping at his feet any time he as much as looks in their direction. In order to get him to stop, she agrees to a bet where she will go out with him if they win the league – highly improbable given their team’s history.
This is strong story about a group of friends in their mid-twenties who have grown up together and know each other inside out. They are a fantastic bunch of characters, each completely realistic and wonderfully created and described. The in-jokes could only come from a bunch of mates who know each other inside out and the humour runs throughout the book and had me smiling and laughing all the way. However, there is a serious side to this one, and it unfolds slowly, tantalisingly and is quite beautifully told. I really lost myself in this one; it’s very much a feel-good read and the author displays a terrific story-telling talent which, for me, has propelled her onto my ‘must not miss’ list. No less than five stars will do for this .. and it has earned each and every one!
My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and to Vicky Joss for my spot in this blog tour. All given opinions are completely honest and entirely my own.
- Format: ebook
- Size: 310 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 5 September 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Bronte country … and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.