#BookReview: Flying By the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

flying by the seat of my knickersSummary:

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.


For full disclosure, I was a beta reader for this novel in the early stages. I was full of excitement when I read an early draft, and even more excited once I was able to dive in to the finished manuscript. This is a book for me! As someone who loves travel, reading a novel set in Dublin had me all kinds of hooked. But more than just a very cool setting and reading about castles, there is a solid plot here. We follow Caity who has always been in the shadow of sister Rachel, and now is at her beck and call after being fired from her job and getting thrown a bone by Rachel, an event planner. What Rachel doesn’t know is the real troubles Caity is fleeing from – namely, an abusive ex-boyfriend who had a hand in causing Caity to lose her job. The sisters clash over a multitude of items while working together, but also bond over their Irish heritage and the mystery of the grandmother. I loved the way this book ended also, and am really hoping for another novel following Caity. Wait! Looking on Amazon, it says this is Book 1 of The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw series. YES!  She made for a fantastic heroine and I truly enjoyed watching her journey and can’t wait for more to come. One for your reading list!

5 stars

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