Saturday, 11 June 2016

Book Review - Flying by the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson

Amazon UK
Title: Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Book 1)
Author: Eliza Watson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 20th February 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

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. 

If you have never been abroad this may be a hilarious book for you, or even if you want to reminisce about your first time in a foreign country, or even in a proper job. For this is Caity Shaw's first time properly abroad, and has only been hired for the week because her mum persuaded her sister Rachel to take a chance. 

Caity by the sounds of it has a bit of a nightmare ex, back in the States so this week in Dublin is a welcome chance to prove herself as well as have a bit of time out even if its working. However things don't get off to that smooth a start, and leaves Caity desperate to gain confidence and show her sister she can do things without messing up. 

There are some other storylines in this relatively short book, including discovering more about Caity's Irish heritage but as this is the first book in a series, I suspect more will be learnt in upcoming books. 

My favourite parts of the book were when fellow employees Gretchen and Declan are telling Caity all about previous events they have worked, in a variety of costumes, and all other sorts of mishaps that can occur on the job. Due to work I've done in the past I did recognise some of the potential pitfalls, and really enjoyed seeing Caity deal with various situations. 

The title of this book is brilliant, the use of the word knickers is definitely deliberate, as there is a fair amount of novelty knicker shopping involved, even when Caity doesn't really have the time to. Some amusing descriptions not only of the various knickers, but valid reasoning why they are mentioned, and even I was slightly shocked at the prices of them! 

This is an enjoyable light hearted story, and an excellent start to a promising series. This is the first book I have read by Eliza Watson, and I'm already eagerly awaiting my next. 

Thank you to Eliza Watson for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Awww, what a fab review. And I just love that title. Definitely has my interest, Rachel. Thanks for sharing! :) xx


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