OK, better late than never!
Here is the opening line to one of Barbara Pym's novels, No Fond Return of Love, which I read a few years ago. It's in keeping with my current Paris 'fin de ciecle' and American 1920s infatuation ...
I actually looked Barbara Pym up a few years ago when Alexander McCall Smith mentioned in an interview that she was one of his inspirations. I can see why, because they both enjoy making light of everyday and sometimes seriously awkward situations; and they both are the type of authors best enjoyed with a cuppa at the ready, and a smile on your face:
"THERE are various ways of mending a broken heart, but perhaps going to a learned conference is one of the most unusual."
As a bonus, I will include the next line too, because it gives a great taste of the whole book!:
"When Dulcie Mainwaring realized that her fiance did not want to marry her after all - or that he was not worthy of her love, as he put it - she endured several months of quiet misery before she felt able to rouse herself from this state."
She makes a great and likeable heroine and I highly recommend the read! Only 254 pages, with a satisfying ending to boot!