She’s starting life again… with new friends and plenty of men.
Divorced from her high-school sweetheart at twenty-seven, Laura Baker finds herself single for the first time in her adult life, her now-gay ex-husband the only man she’s ever slept with.
Looking for a fresh start, Laura moves into an apartment on Sydney's Northern Beaches where her two new eclectic roommates convince her that she needs to get herself out there and start dating (and sleeping with) as many men as possible.
But as Laura’s fun new lifestyle kicks off, her work ethic begins to slip. Her mum won’t stop pestering her about her biological clock and trying to set her up with Eric from the pub. And to make things even worse, the volleyball-playing guy with the sky-blue eyes and rippling muscles that Laura has become infatuated with is hiding a secret that could shatter her world.
Amidst all the change in her life, Laura is forced to confront one crucial question: does she even know who she is anymore or how to be happy?
A fast-paced, fly-on-the-wall account of one woman's hilarious adventures in the contemporary Sydney dating scene. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Sex and the City.
What readers are saying about Laura the Explorer:
'Readily readable and highly entertaining.' The BookLife Prize
‘Such an entertaining read! I love Laura as a character, and her adventures made me laugh (literally out loud). If you like Sophie Kinsella - you'll love this book. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Hilarious, heartwarming and fun! I read this book cover to cover in one sitting, the lives of Laura and her friends drew me in from the start!’ Amazon reviewer
'A modern day Australian Sex and the City, crossed with The Wrong Girl by Zoë Foster Blake ... Laura the Explorer is an insightful, hilarious and fun journey into the modern dating world.' Mrs B's Book Reviews
‘Very fast-paced and enjoyable. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This is Sarah’s debut book and it certainly doesn't seem like one. It flows so well and I was able to get caught up in the story and I was rooting for Laura to get her happy ever after.’ Goodreads reviewer
Australian author Begg's debut totters unevenly between its moments of sexual slapstick and broad humor about 20-something anxiety, and its overly complicated small-world romance, never quite committing to either. Laura Baker tries to make a fresh start with a move into a Sydney flat after her marriage to her high school sweetheart, Jack, ends with the revelation that he is gay. Her new roommates, Ben and Kalina, convince her to revisit her missed opportunity to sleep around. Meanwhile, she avoids her mother's matchmaking and develops a crush on the mysterious Lucas, whom she keeps running into around town. The roommate dynamic has smart dialogue and energetic playfulness, but Laura's relationships with family and work friends are stereotyped, and her internal monologue is obvious and fussy. Though there's true humor in the bad sex vignettes, Begg never allows her heroine to really enjoy her casual encounters, denying frustrated readers the joy of the vicarious romp in favor of a milquetoast romance and vague self-discovery. If Begg commits wholeheartedly to her comedy in future books, she could be an author to watch. (BookLife)