A Question of Us 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?
Love the title - so appropriate for the subject matter!
You know how some woman's fiction can be sweeter than a cake in a patisserie? And some can be earthy and much more real? This story falls under the latter category. The banter is so realistic, it's eyewateringly, gut-laughing accurate. Clarrie is one of the lads, and fits in perfectly, but she can also be girly, and I envied her the wonderful friends she had. At first glance, they don't appear at all supportive, but they SO are!
And Simon is a dish. Watching their relationship fall apart and come together again was a delight (nope, no spoilers - you know what;s going to ultimately happen because it's a romance, for goodness' sake!).
I'll definitely be reading more of this author's work in the future.
About the Author
Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë 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. More information can be found about Mary Jayne on her website at www.maryjaynebaker.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter, @MaryJayneBaker, or like her Facebook page by going to Facebook.com/MaryJayneWrites