Flying by the Seat of my Knickers: Volume One (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw) – Eliza Watson

April 12, 2016 Book Reviews 0

UntitledWhat they say:

Why run from your troubles when you can fly instead? When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn’t require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there’s no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex. While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel’s respect—and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm’s length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity’s butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future.

What we say – review by Nikki Mason:

This is a book filled with so much warmth and energy, it’s like meeting up with a close friend. There is a hint of family drama, a hint of romance but the focus is mainly on Caity rebuilding her self-esteem after a difficult relationship. Indeed, although there is a sweet leading man in Declan, the focus on a girl trying to learn to love herself is refreshing – finding her own identity is more important than finding a boyfriend but we still get some tantalizing glimpses of sexual tension.

It is hilarious following Caity crashing from one misadventure to another and yet you continuously pray for her to get it right. You feel this girl really deserves some good luck and for someone fighting her corner, be it sexy Declan, her physically distant yet interfering mother or her spiky, over-driven sister.

There’s a great balance between fun and mischief and seriousness on the book. The struggle with the fear of her ex feels very real and is sensitively tackled but it is offset with such funny incidents and is written with such a light touch, that it never becomes wallowing or hard work to read. The whole story is more-ish and hard to put down. It feels like a big cheeky wink of a book!


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