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.
I received a copy of this book from Aria via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Another original romantic comedy from the author, whose love of Yorkshire is evident from reading her believable, hilarious and romantic stories.
This story’s characters are the members of a pub quiz team, a quintessentially British pastime, ‘The Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers’. A friends to lovers trope, this a gentle romance, despite the often raucous goings-on, and language that dominates the story.
Clarrie and Si have been friends since pre-school, Clarrie harbours a secret and inconvenient passion for her friend, who constantly asks her out, but never she believes in seriousness. She of course, always makes a joke of it and refuses. Now Si has changed the rules, he wants Clarrie to agree to a date if the team win the pub quiz league, what will she do?
The romance is predictably full of obstacles, most of which are Clarrie’s internal battle over her feelings and whether she is brave enough to take a chance on love. Suffering from anxiety issues that already make her life choices difficult, whether or not to risk the friendship they have, for something romantic is a major issue for Clarrie.
The village life experience is interwoven into the story, the gossip, the interfering, well-meant of course, and the secrets that everyone knows. The sense of community and the tight friendship amongst Clarrie and Si ‘s group are realistic and give this story depth and interest.
The romance although slow to start is lovely and worthwhile, enough to satisfy the romantics, and melt the cynics a little.
If you are unfamiliar with the author’s take on life in a Yorkshire village, this book is an experience you won’t forget, and for those of us, who are already fans, this is another great story full of fun, heartache, quirkiness and romance.
Guest Post – Mary Jayne Baker – A Question of Us
Maserati Tim’s Big Pub Quiz – Mary Jayne Baker
In my new Yorkshire-set book A Question of Us, which is published this month, heroine Clarrie’s ladykiller best friend Simon bets her a date their team will win that year’s pub quiz league. As Simon starts putting every spare minute into trivia revision and their team The Mighty Morphin’ Flower Arrangers find themselves climbing up the leaderboard, Clarrie is forced to confront her true feelings for her oldest friend. It looks like Clarrie is going to lose the bet – the question is, does she want to?
To celebrate the release of A Question of Us, quizmaster Maserati Tim has put together twenty fiendish questions to test those little grey cells. Get yourself in the mood for a trivia-filled read below! Hint: you can find some of the answers in the book…
- What type of monkey commonly accompanied organ-grinders?
- What was the favourite food of Dandy cowboy Desperate Dan?
- By what name is the peace agreement reached in 1998 between the British and Irish governments commonly known?
- By what nickname was Louis Armstrong known?
- “The lighter way to enjoy chocolate” was an advertising slogan for which chocolate treat?
- What were the names of the seven dwarves in the Grimm Brothers fairytale Snow White?
- In 1951, which area became Britain’s first national park?
- Which persona did David Bowie retire in 1973?
- What animal has the Latin name ursus arctos horribilis?
- Which movie monster’s enemies include Mothra and King Ghidorah?
- Which king did Shakespeare refer to as the “bottled spider”?
- In 1477, King Edward IV ruled which traditional sport illegal?
- Which dinosaur’s name means “swift robber”?
- Who succeeded Richard II to the throne of England?
- Who was the fourth actor to play The Doctor in Doctor Who?
- James Hargreaves invented what piece of industrial equipment in 1764?
- Until the 1980s, which football team’s players were known as “The Biscuitmen”?
- Which planet in our solar system is the sixth furthest from the Sun?
- In the Old Testament, what were the names of Noah’s three sons?
- When sending an email, what do the initials BCC stand for?
So get reading ‘ A Question of Us’ this weekend, answers next Friday
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.
For those of you who had a go at Mary Jayne’s quiz, here are the answers.
- Cow Pie
- The Good Friday Agreement
- Satchmo or Satchel Mouth
- They weren’t given names
- The Peak District
- Ziggy Stardust
- Grizzly Bear
- Richard III
- Henry IV
- Tom Baker
- The Spinning Jenny
- Shem, Ham and Japheth
- Blind carbon copy