Flying by the Seat of my Knickers by Eliza Watson
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.
This isn’t a stand-alone novel and there is at least another book out there. From the cover I expected the story to be a little more “old-fashioned”, but I wasn’t disappointed to discover it was set in the present day (I really should have guessed that from the blurb!).
A short read, but a pleasant read, there’s no great depth of emotion or writing in this novel, but that’s not a bad thing. It kept my interest, in spite of a bit too much repetition, and I was quite disappointed when it ended. I will certainly read the next book – I became quite attached to Caity!
A light summer read, perfect for wittering away a couple of hours.