Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

cover90589-mediumAuthor: Eliza Watson
Publisher: Elizabeth Watson
Published: 20 February 2016

The Blurb:  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.

The Review: The cover of this novelette is just gorgeous, if I hadn’t been captured by the title this image would have pulled me in. Not necessarily linked to the bulk of the story, but I don’t think a conference room with a girl dressed as a bratwurst in a bun would have had quite the same effect!

My first impression of Caity is that she is a clutz. A true bafflement. She is intelligent, but has no real aim or reason for being. Caity is currently in Dublin, helping her sister Rachel with a promotion event. She’s not there through choice, and it wasn’t her sister’s idea either. Nope, this is down to her mother. Caity has recently had a bad breakup, and with one thing and another she managed to lose her job. Emotionally and financially low, and her only other work experience being that of Santa’s little helper in a mall the decision was made on her behalf to help her event-planning queen of a sister out on this occasion.

I think it is fair to say that Rachel is somewhat apprehensive about having her sister on the team. Unaware of the reasons for her losing her last job, she and her right-hand woman Gretchen sees her as a disadvantage and hindrance. Thankfully Caity finds an ally in Declan, an easy on the eye local with a silver tongue, obviously the by product of kissing the Blarney Stone when he was a nipper.As is par for the course these days Caity is off the market, past experiences have put her off men and rocked her trust and confidence for the foreseeable future. Declan, somehow, is able to see over her thorny wall and sees her potential. Slowly we see the true Caity reveal herself to those around her.

Flying by the Seat of my Knickers is a story of discovery. About finding yourself when your back is against the wall, about where you come from, also the importance of family – even when you are 4,000 miles away from home.

This was a lovely book, light but full of heart.

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