Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw, #1)
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.*As noted, this is Book 1 in a series. The series is best read in order.

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw, #1) Details

TitleFlying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 25th, 2016
PublisherElizabeth Jane Watson
ISBN-139780989521970
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw, #1) Review

  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    4☆ A Light hearted, Humorous Adventure!First of all I want to start by saying I absolutely LOVE the title for this book. It had me giggling and I just had to find out more!Flying by the Seat of My Knickers is a Light hearted, warm and fun read with a good dash of laugh out loud moments. It's the first book in the series and I'm excited for the next one!Caity has lost her job and going through a pretty rough break up, so when her mum persuades her sister Rachel to hire her she has no choice but t 4☆ A Light hearted, Humorous Adventure!First of all I want to start by saying I absolutely LOVE the title for this book. It had me giggling and I just had to find out more!Flying by the Seat of My Knickers is a Light hearted, warm and fun read with a good dash of laugh out loud moments. It's the first book in the series and I'm excited for the next one!Caity has lost her job and going through a pretty rough break up, so when her mum persuades her sister Rachel to hire her she has no choice but to go along with whatever her sister throws at her... even if it means dressing up in a crazy costume for a promo event.Caity has no self confidence and doubts her abilities all the time. Her abusive ex played a major part in her anxiety and low self esteem.Rachel and Caity Aren't particularly close and it seems pretty obvious that Rachel is the sister that's excells at everything. So it was really nice to see them eventually cone together and bond as they explore their Irish roots.I thoroughly enjoyed the warmth and humour, it was refreshing to read a Light hearted story with fun, relatable and quirky characters, a strong storyline and a zest for adventure.It was a compelling and fun read with plenty of laugh out loud moments, mishaps and drama.A fast paced shorter read, perfect for a warm lazy afternoon.I can't wait for the second instalment to see what's next in-store for Caity.Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2019/0...
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  • Samantha March
    January 1, 1970
    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 bec 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!
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  • Zoe (Attic Salt Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know if I’ve ever read something this fun and lively! Flying by the Seat of my Knickers had it all; stimulating writing and an original plot topped off with a quirky main character. This is a brilliant read for anyone looking for something amusing and upbeat. When Caity is fired from her first proper job, her only fall back is to work for her sister, Rachel, as an event planner in Dublin. Jumping at the chance to travel, even if it means dealing with her overbearing, workaholic sister wh I don’t know if I’ve ever read something this fun and lively! Flying by the Seat of my Knickers had it all; stimulating writing and an original plot topped off with a quirky main character. This is a brilliant read for anyone looking for something amusing and upbeat. When Caity is fired from her first proper job, her only fall back is to work for her sister, Rachel, as an event planner in Dublin. Jumping at the chance to travel, even if it means dealing with her overbearing, workaholic sister who is as much a stranger to her as the others working with her. Longing to prove her worth, Caity sets out to become Rachel’s best employee while reconnecting with her Irish heritage and hopefully her sister along the way. But nothing can separate her from the problems back home. As her possessions dwindle, her mother becomes more overbearing (if that’s even possible), and memories of her controlling ex bear down on her, Caity struggles to pull her life together.This book is a short, silly, feel-good story that also carries some powerful messages. A little ditsy and vertically challenged, Caity is an interesting and quirky character that I wanted to know more about. While she didn’t fully appeal to my ideals of a strong female character, she did get herself through some hard times and eventually learnt her worth, growing a backbone and a bit more self-confidence which was fantastic.The male lead, Declan is such a sweetie and it seems like he’s been crossed in love in some way or another. He deserves some loving – which I hope will happen sooner or later. He’s the mysterious, handsome and charming Irishman, the girl should go with him right – everyone knows I would… The only thing I really had a problem with was, at times, I felt some of the characters came straight out of some soppy, over-stereotyped, teen romance. Gretchen was probably the worst I mean, the girl’s name is Gretchen and if that isn’t a blaring sign for 'evil bitch' in today’s literature then I don’t know what is. She’s the chick who can’t let go of the guy and so strives to ruin everyone else’s chances. I can understand why Gretchen was included and, fortunately, she didn’t have a huge part the story but I wasn't a fan.As for the ending, this book left me aching for the next one. There wasn’t much of a wrap up regarding relationships, no final direction for Caity’s life or even hints of a decidedly happy future. Sure, there is stability assured but, by the end, we know that our leading lady is still working on finding who she is, a mere step away from her forever.View my full review on my blog here
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    :: 5 Pretty Little Stars :: This is a such a fun novel! I read it in one day as it is not only fast paced but extremely interesting! Seeing as I am not much of a traveler I really look forward to reading books that take place abroad and this one did just that! Not only this, the characters in this novel are extremely relatable. I truly felt like the heroine, Caity, could be a best friend of mine. This is honestly one of my favorite things about this novel. If I cannot relate to the characters, :: 5 Pretty Little Stars :: This is a such a fun novel! I read it in one day as it is not only fast paced but extremely interesting! Seeing as I am not much of a traveler I really look forward to reading books that take place abroad and this one did just that! Not only this, the characters in this novel are extremely relatable. I truly felt like the heroine, Caity, could be a best friend of mine. This is honestly one of my favorite things about this novel. If I cannot relate to the characters, it’s a wash for me. But this one definitely had a set of characters that were relatable. In addition to all this, character growth and real life situations are prominent in this book. Everyone has a past and some of us have even had to live through some tough times. This is the same for Caity (which is why I think she is one of those characters that we all fall in love with). But us readers can see her growth and the way she is able to overcome her hardships. All in all, I loved this book. I can’t wait to see the series continue and will definitely be picking up the others books when they are available. This is one of those feel good novels that will leave readers feelings its positive energy and wanting more. I highly recommend it!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a series of books following Caity and her travel adventures. This particular novel is set fully in Ireland which you really get a great sense of what Ireland is like, as in the people and certain things that it is best known for.Caity is almost a disaster waiting to happen. Her life just seems to be one disaster after another and she doesn’t have much faith that things are going to get any better when she comes to Ireland to work with her sister Rachel.There is a lot go This is the first book in a series of books following Caity and her travel adventures. This particular novel is set fully in Ireland which you really get a great sense of what Ireland is like, as in the people and certain things that it is best known for.Caity is almost a disaster waiting to happen. Her life just seems to be one disaster after another and she doesn’t have much faith that things are going to get any better when she comes to Ireland to work with her sister Rachel.There is a lot going on in the novel with Caity trying to find out more about her heritage, with her mothers family coming from Ireland. There is also Caity’s past with her ex which especially doesn’t seem to have been a happy time which has left Caity very wary.Flying By The Seat Of My Knickers is a relatively short and entertaining read. It was fun joining Caity on her journey of ups and downs. The authors writing skills make this a compelling and light hearted read and very much look forward to more in the series.My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. My opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Megalion
    January 1, 1970
    As fluffy "chick lit romance" goes, I enjoyed this one. I don't read this genre much anymore as I prefer more substance to my "female centric" fiction. Characters of substance and all.However, something about the title, cover, and premise tickled my fancy and happily... delivered on its promise.Usually the problem with this genre is that the heroine has too much of "TSTL" (too stupid to live) to tolerate. But Caity Shaw, while flighty, simply needs to grow up a bit.It's a fun lark with added goo As fluffy "chick lit romance" goes, I enjoyed this one. I don't read this genre much anymore as I prefer more substance to my "female centric" fiction. Characters of substance and all.However, something about the title, cover, and premise tickled my fancy and happily... delivered on its promise.Usually the problem with this genre is that the heroine has too much of "TSTL" (too stupid to live) to tolerate. But Caity Shaw, while flighty, simply needs to grow up a bit.It's a fun lark with added good drama of estranged sisters learning to love each other as the adults they now are.Easy recommend to fans of good beach reads or light chick lit reads. The romance was a fun romp too.Thank you to the publisher for this free copy of the book in exchange for this honest review.
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  • SheLove2Read
    January 1, 1970
    Not the cute and charming story the title and blurb would have you believe. Our main character is a bumbling twentysomething woman who's also hiding out from her ex. She talks about applying for executive assistant jobs yet doesn't know basic geography? I'm sure to some this would be a fun read, but to me it was just annoying. DNF
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story, perfect light read. Caity is likable without being a damsel in distress. Also hats off to the author for bringing to light important messages about domestic abuse - that it can be emotional as well as physical. Starting book two now!
  • LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book awhile ago, because I just loved the title but unfortunately it’s been sitting on my kindle for a while now but like most things I haven’t got around to it until now. Caity has just escaped from her controlling ex, in desperate need of money, she takes a job with her sister at her event planning business.She jumps at the chance to go to Dublin for a week but when she gets there she gets into mishap after mishap.Can Caity get her self confidence back and put her past behind I picked up this book awhile ago, because I just loved the title but unfortunately it’s been sitting on my kindle for a while now but like most things I haven’t got around to it until now. Caity has just escaped from her controlling ex, in desperate need of money, she takes a job with her sister at her event planning business.She jumps at the chance to go to Dublin for a week but when she gets there she gets into mishap after mishap.Can Caity get her self confidence back and put her past behind her?This is quite a short and fun read, which is set in Ireland, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. While at times it is light hearted, it also covers the serious topics of toxic relationships and emotional abuse.Caity is flawed and slightly vulnerable character, who seems to have disaster after disaster. I did keep wishing something would go right for her but on the other hand I couldn’t help but giggle at some of the things that went wrong.I have to be honest at time I felt it was hard to like Caity because she felt quite judgy towards other women yet she kind of falls at the feet of Declan when he gives her the slightest bit of encouragement...it just slightly irked me.Overall flying by the seat of my knickers is quirky and entertaining read, perfect if you’re looking to escape from reality for a few hours.
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  • Petra Q
    January 1, 1970
    What a gorgeous book cover and very apt title for this book!I was contacted by Eliza Watson to read and review the first book in the Caity Shaw series called Flying by the Seat of my Knickers and I must say this book tick all my bookish boxes. It is a quick paced, refreshing and romantic read. I loved the very well developed characters, the fantastic setting and the mystery surrounding the Shaw family history.When we first meet Caity Shaw, she is in a very vulnerable position in he live. After b What a gorgeous book cover and very apt title for this book!I was contacted by Eliza Watson to read and review the first book in the Caity Shaw series called Flying by the Seat of my Knickers and I must say this book tick all my bookish boxes. It is a quick paced, refreshing and romantic read. I loved the very well developed characters, the fantastic setting and the mystery surrounding the Shaw family history.When we first meet Caity Shaw, she is in a very vulnerable position in he live. After being fired from her job and scared to death by her ex-boyfriend stalking tendencies, Caity jumps at the chance to fly to Dublin and help out her sister plan a fantastic event in one of the most gorgeous and mysterious cities in the world. It takes a few embarrassing mishaps for Caity to learn the ropes and perhaps even gain some much-needed respect from her sister and her new colleagues. Caity certainly takes her new job seriously and as the book progresses, she is becoming more confident and stronger. It also helps to have a gorgeous Irish mentor to help her navigate the merry Dublin way of living.I really enjoyed this book. I instantly bonded with the leading character Caity Shaw. There is definitely more to her personality and I can't wait to see her grow into even more of a confident woman as she takes on this new high-flying job. She is scared by her ex-boyfriend controlling behaviour and the way she had to change her life to please him but she had a lucky escape and now she is determined to mend her relationship with her sister Rachel.Aside from her new job Caity struggles to keep the charming Declan in the arms length after her previous experience and the gossips swirling around this Irishman are a lot to deal with at the moment. But there is so much a girl can do when the man in question is so gorgeous, friendly and very helpful!The strong attraction between Caity and Declan is very clear from the beginning. They both have a lot in common and I can't wait to see where the story will take them next. I loved the way Caity wants to know more about the history of her family and why her grandmother fled Ireland and made her new home in America. There is a mystery to solve and Caity and Rachel are prepared to dig deep into their Irish family connections to find out the truth. It may also bring them closer together.What a fantastic book! I can't wait to delve into the second book in this series!
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  • Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on my blog: Review: Flying By the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Book 1) by Eliza Watson.“What better place to reinvent myself than a place where nobody knew me. I could be whoever I wanted to be.”Caity Shaw finds herself in Ireland recently broken up from an emotionally abusive relationship that eventually caused her to lose her job. She now relies on her sister to save her from being totally money less. It seems that Caity’s life had reached a low point Originally posted on my blog: Review: Flying By the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Book 1) by Eliza Watson.“What better place to reinvent myself than a place where nobody knew me. I could be whoever I wanted to be.”Caity Shaw finds herself in Ireland recently broken up from an emotionally abusive relationship that eventually caused her to lose her job. She now relies on her sister to save her from being totally money less. It seems that Caity’s life had reached a low point and she is constantly nervous because of the stalker status she put her ex in. There are a lot of relatable characteristics that Caity has and one of them is her low self esteem. She is far from perfect and seeing her perfect sister, the one that doesn’t screw up and has a secure job, makes her even more vulnerable. However, besides the fact that she has every right to be depressed, it’s her funny outlook on her situation that really made the book shine. I loved her mishaps. Her tripping in front of the boss, her Irish undies and socks, and her crush on her hot Irish co-worker, made me smile a lot. She is such a dork and that makes it all the more fun to read. The writing style is fun and witty. I can only imagine what Caity’s adventures throughout this series will hold. Because it doesn’t end in this book. I’d wager that this series will not read as a standalone. So it’s best to read this one first. I think that her growth as a character is not over, she has still has a lot to overcome. I can’t wait where her research into her background will take her and I hope she hooks up with Declan. Surely, there’s more to him than a seemingly playboy personality. Caity is definitely flying by the seat of her “Irish” knickers, which totally suits her personality and tone of the story.*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Javeria
    January 1, 1970
    My rating: 4.5 stars Flying by the Seat of my Knickers follows Caity Shaw and her journey to find herself/hide (?). After getting fired from her job Caity travels aboard to work for her sister, Rachel. However, things don’t go as planned and Caity ends up suffering a few mishaps causing her to lose more self-confidence. With the help of her co-worker, Declan, Caity starts gaining more confidence and learning more about her Irish grandmother.This is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. I’m st My rating: 4.5 stars Flying by the Seat of my Knickers follows Caity Shaw and her journey to find herself/hide (?). After getting fired from her job Caity travels aboard to work for her sister, Rachel. However, things don’t go as planned and Caity ends up suffering a few mishaps causing her to lose more self-confidence. With the help of her co-worker, Declan, Caity starts gaining more confidence and learning more about her Irish grandmother.This is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. I’m still on high from it. It’s a power pack filled with laughter, joy, and growth. Caity is an amazing and relatable protagonist. She was sucked into a relationship with a manipulative ex and once she got out she didn’t have a lot of self-esteem. I adored her growth in this book, she worked really hard to impress her sister and when it backfired a few times she was really bummed. But, I love how that didn’t stop her from trying again. The mystery of her Irish grandmother is quite intriguing and I cannot wait to find out more about it. I also loved the romance - it's going to be a slow burn and I'm so excited. :D I cannot wait for more Declan and Caity.When I first started I had a feeling it would remind me of Confessions of a Shopaholic, however, it didn’t. Don’t be fooled by the synopsis. The plot, characters, writing style, everything about it is near perfection. I can already tell this will be a go to book for me and Watson can easily become one of my go to authors. I received a reader's copy in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Erin Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This book was darling. I really loved the main character Caity. She was completely likeable, relatable and just a joy to follow. Her story was far from perfect and I think a lot of readers can relate (or could relate) to that time of struggling financially, trying to figure out who you are meant to be, trying to please a sibling, navigate romantic relationships and deal with the parents who "just want the best". I thought Caity was very well developed throughout, yet she still is a work in progr This book was darling. I really loved the main character Caity. She was completely likeable, relatable and just a joy to follow. Her story was far from perfect and I think a lot of readers can relate (or could relate) to that time of struggling financially, trying to figure out who you are meant to be, trying to please a sibling, navigate romantic relationships and deal with the parents who "just want the best". I thought Caity was very well developed throughout, yet she still is a work in progress. I have to say I was pretty excited to read that there will be more to come of this character. While its sometimes nice to have everything tied up into a neat bow, I enjoy that there is more to Caity in the future. In addition, I have traveled to Ireland in the past so appreciated the Dublin setting descriptions- it felt very authentic. I would recommend this book and really look forward to more from this author to come. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Did you ever just meet someone and before you could decide if you liked them, they launched into a long winded story? That is the feel of this story.I could never decide how I felt about Caity. Mostly she was just a screw up with a self esteem issue. It got much better about three fourths in but I thought about giving up a lot.Her mother was a nag. Gretchen was just horrible. Rachel was so A type personality that I kept rolling my eyes. Declan was the only highlight. At one point it seemed like Did you ever just meet someone and before you could decide if you liked them, they launched into a long winded story? That is the feel of this story.I could never decide how I felt about Caity. Mostly she was just a screw up with a self esteem issue. It got much better about three fourths in but I thought about giving up a lot.Her mother was a nag. Gretchen was just horrible. Rachel was so A type personality that I kept rolling my eyes. Declan was the only highlight. At one point it seemed like Declan was going to be the bad guy and holy cow I growled. That turned out ok though.I feel like this is the back story of the story that the author actually wanted to tell. Not much of anything happens. You'd have to be emotionally attatched to Caity or her and Declan's budding romance to continue this series.
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  • Lyra
    January 1, 1970
    Flying by the Seat of My Knickers is a fun, fast read that reminded me of all the joys of my first major travel experience. Caity, an American hoping to escape a string of bad luck, takes a job assisting her event-planer sister with a week-long meeting in Ireland. More of a women's fiction, this first person focuses on Caity as she works to impress her sister and regain her shattered confidence. I loved the character's voice and how she provided a voice of optimism and compassion in spite of the Flying by the Seat of My Knickers is a fun, fast read that reminded me of all the joys of my first major travel experience. Caity, an American hoping to escape a string of bad luck, takes a job assisting her event-planer sister with a week-long meeting in Ireland. More of a women's fiction, this first person focuses on Caity as she works to impress her sister and regain her shattered confidence. I loved the character's voice and how she provided a voice of optimism and compassion in spite of the jaded professionals around her. I was surprised how quickly I finished the book and the journey and the end left me wanting more, so I was glad to see a second book in another city will be coming soon. I don't get to travel as much as I would like, but this book was like virtual vacation and a reminder of why Ireland is on my to-do list, as is the next book in this series.
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  • Alexia Adams
    January 1, 1970
    As a somewhat jaded traveler, Flying by the Seat of My Knickers let me relive the joy and excitement of that first trip abroad where everything is different and new. I've never been to Ireland so I was really keen on the descriptions and little insider information for this destination. The characters were well-rounded and interesting and by the end I was really rooting for Katy. Just a note, this is not a traditional romance but anyone who secretly dreams of going to Ireland will love it. A thor As a somewhat jaded traveler, Flying by the Seat of My Knickers let me relive the joy and excitement of that first trip abroad where everything is different and new. I've never been to Ireland so I was really keen on the descriptions and little insider information for this destination. The characters were well-rounded and interesting and by the end I was really rooting for Katy. Just a note, this is not a traditional romance but anyone who secretly dreams of going to Ireland will love it. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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  • Christy Newton
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant! When the story starts out you can't help but feel sorry for Caity and all she has been through, but you'll soon stop feeling bad for her and be cheering her on. The characters are all relatable and well written. Full of comedy, hope, adventure, and even a hint of romance. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next. Well done, Watson!
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  • Nadishka Aloysius
    January 1, 1970
    Caity Shaw has just lost her job. She is being stalked by her abusive ex-boyfriend Andy. She has had to move back to her family home and her domineering mother. So when she gets the chance to assist her successful sister Rachel with an event in Ireland, she jumps at the chance. Having visited Ireland, reading this book was a trip down memory lane. The story was humorous, with a touch of pathos, and the heroine likeable. It was truly a series of unfortunate events - falling on her face in front o Caity Shaw has just lost her job. She is being stalked by her abusive ex-boyfriend Andy. She has had to move back to her family home and her domineering mother. So when she gets the chance to assist her successful sister Rachel with an event in Ireland, she jumps at the chance. Having visited Ireland, reading this book was a trip down memory lane. The story was humorous, with a touch of pathos, and the heroine likeable. It was truly a series of unfortunate events - falling on her face in front of the CEO, having to dig through garbage to locate a post-it note, being assigned to bathroom duty, enjoying a gift basket meant for the guests, pepper spraying a colleague... the list seems endless. However, Caity manages to overcome them all and find some self confidence. Recommended for those who love to travel, and anyone who is an event planner themselves!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this read, love the cover, such a great read ... I am new to Eliza, I have never traveled overseas. I would love to one day. it is a light hearted read and I was immediately pulled in ... such a quick read for me. I will look forward to reading more from Eliza soon enough. Well done. ( :
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  • Alice Teets
    January 1, 1970
    For some reason I thought this was a cozy mystery, but it was more like chick lit. Regardless, I liked it a lot. Caity was fun, and the story moved quickly. I will read more in this series.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Cute book. Good enough I want to read the next 2. Need to find out about the Grandma. Very quick read.
  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book that I have read by this author. I loved this book! Great story with lots of humor. I can hardly wait to read the next book!
  • Samantha Glass
    January 1, 1970
    Very quaint. Fun, easy read. Makes me want the book a trip to Ireland. New to me author, but enjoyed her story telling and pacing. Will read others of hers.
  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me giggling like a loon from the very beginning. This is the story of a young woman who has been thrust into a world and job she is completely unprepared for and the mishaps she finds herself in while she finds her feet.Caity has escaped from a toxic relationship with an emotionally abusive narcissist and she’s afraid that he’ll find her, half a world away. This little thread of darkness adds a hint of realism to an otherwise quirky and light-hearted novel, which I found to be a ni This book had me giggling like a loon from the very beginning. This is the story of a young woman who has been thrust into a world and job she is completely unprepared for and the mishaps she finds herself in while she finds her feet.Caity has escaped from a toxic relationship with an emotionally abusive narcissist and she’s afraid that he’ll find her, half a world away. This little thread of darkness adds a hint of realism to an otherwise quirky and light-hearted novel, which I found to be a nice touch.The only issue was that the tone used when describing this relationship was a little ambiguous, though it wasn’t intended to be. The point was that Caity had indeed been emotionally abused by this git and that her self esteem was at an all time low, that emotional abuse is a serious issue, (which I totally agree with), but I don’t think that the author quite put enough emphasis on the damage that his hurtful behaviour had on her to make the message hit home all the way.Now that she’s had to rely on the charity of her sister to get a job as an event planning assistant and escape from her life back home, Caity feels like she can’t do anything right and she finds herself blowing all her little rookie mistakes out of proportion, backed up by her sister’s disapproval and panic every time something goes wrong.Declan, her lovely new colleague and friend, is quick to point out that everyone makes mistakes, and that she isn’t expected to be perfect at her job right from the beginning and without training so he takes her under his wing. This supportive, considerate version that she’s come to know doesn’t fit in with his deserved reputation as a love’em and leave’em kind of man and she finds herself having to work to keep her feelings in check.While she’s helping her sister with her tour in Ireland, she discovers that her mysterious grandmother was actually born in a nearby town. It turns out that her lost family may not be so lost after all and with Declan’s help, she begins researching her roots and building a connection with a her late grandmother who managed to move to a new country on her own and find happiness all those years ago.So far, this book doesn’t sound like the barrel of laughs that I said it was, but trust me…. it was. While Caity is busy empowering herself and discovering her roots (you go girl!), she’s also dressed as a promotional sausage, eating $200 gift baskets by mistake, pepper spraying people by mistake and flashing her leprechaun socks at rich CEOs.Eliza Watson’s writing style is very easy to read and very enjoyable, she brings the character of Caity to life as an American exploring Ireland for the first time: picking up on things that Brits might not automatically see as unusual, which was refreshing and interesting. She managed to take what was actually a pretty heavy back-story and make it fun to read, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!This was a great laugh with a nice strong message of a beaten down woman taking control of her life, I would recommend this book to any fans of feel-good chick lit, especially those looking to avoid romance.Reviewed by Nia at www.whisperingstories.com
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  • Meghan Lloyd
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! That's really my first reaction after reading this book, and it happened at the end of just about every chapter. I L-O-V-E-D this book! It should never have ended. I need more. Thankfully there is a second book coming out, so I won't have to wait too long.Caity Shaw's life is a train wreck. She has an ex who has become a stalker, she was fired from her last job because of said ex, and she is working for her sister who trusts her not at all. The story opens with her in a bratwurst costume fo Wow! That's really my first reaction after reading this book, and it happened at the end of just about every chapter. I L-O-V-E-D this book! It should never have ended. I need more. Thankfully there is a second book coming out, so I won't have to wait too long.Caity Shaw's life is a train wreck. She has an ex who has become a stalker, she was fired from her last job because of said ex, and she is working for her sister who trusts her not at all. The story opens with her in a bratwurst costume for an event her sister is running. The hilarity continues from there. Caity must navigate her new job and Dublin, while fending off the snide remarks of her co-worker, Gretchen, and avoiding an attachment with her hunky, charming Irish co-worker named Declan. While doing all of that, she also tries to work through her insecurities and prove to herself and her sister that she can be successful. It's a funny, laugh-out-loud book about a young woman's misadventures that will leave you smiling and clamoring for more.I laughed. So much. At least once per chapter but usually more than that. Caity reminded me of myself, and her internal dialogue was hysterical. At one point she made a comment to herself about her social life consisting of playing bingo and eating fries at home with her parents, and I almost spat out my drink. I have been there and said the same thing! (But to be fair, bingo is freaking awesome) Declan was dreamy but definitely a player. I was proud of Caity for being strong enough to recognize that in spite of his nice butt and his charming personality. I'm interested, though, to see how their relationship develops in the next book. Because he will definitely be in that book, no doubt about it. Gretchen will hopefully be nowhere to be found. And Rachel, her sister - ugh, she is why I am glad I am an only child.All I can say is read this book. Buy it, borrow it from a friend, get a copy from the library - whatever you have to do! If you're having a bad day, this will cheer you up. If you're having a good day, this will be the cherry on top.**I received a free copy via NetGalley for an honest review.**
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  • Nandika Kaul
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWhen Milwaukee girl Caity Shaw is given the opportunity of working in a job where she isn't expected to dress like an elf with those horrible pointy shoes and annoying golden bells , she readily accepts it , expecting to have an unforgettable experience with her sister & event managing goddess Rachel in Ireland and in the process,  recovering from the damaging effects of her former emotionally abusive relationship. Little does she know about the series of mishaps the journey has in 3.5 starsWhen Milwaukee girl Caity Shaw is given the opportunity of working in a job where she isn't expected to dress like an elf with those horrible pointy shoes and annoying golden bells , she readily accepts it , expecting to have an unforgettable experience with her sister & event managing goddess Rachel in Ireland and in the process,  recovering from the damaging effects of her former emotionally abusive relationship. Little does she know about the series of mishaps the journey has in store for her !I received an e - version of " Flying By The Seat Of My Knickers " in exchange of an honest review and found it absolutely fantastic!I found Eliza Watson's writing style somewhat similar to that of Sophie Kinsella , where humour was cleverly brought out in awkward situations taking place in the protagonist's life. Eliza indeed added a unique touch to the book however, it did have some dull moments.Although Watson worked well on her main character Caity , making her a likeable and highly relatable one, some of the other characters do not seem very well crafted.The character development of Caity Shaw however,  is a plus point as, she goes from being a low-esteemed harassment victim to a confident and efficient girl , in an extremely realistic way. Shaw, despite all the obstacles that come her way , gaines confidence bit by bit throughout the course of the book.The 'Irish Grandma' twist pertaining to the American protagonist also adds to the overall charm of the book although not too much attention is paid to it.All in all,  ' Flying By The Seat Of My Knickers ' is a thoroughly enjoyable and incredibly loveable book with a set of imperfect yet interesting characters in a wonderful backdrop of Ireland , which makes me eagerly look forward to reading the next book in the series!
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  • Ladyp
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was so much fun to read! I couldn’t wait to keep reading to see what happened in Caity’s life! We all need to travel to another place and read about the escapades of others. Imagine dressing up like a bratwurst in a bun, as that is the first of many jobs her sister Rachel has in mind for Caity. Of course she is bold and says I’ll do it! Her life had taken a turn for the worse in the states as her ex-boyfriend is stalking her and as a result he helped get her fired from her last jo I thought this was so much fun to read! I couldn’t wait to keep reading to see what happened in Caity’s life! We all need to travel to another place and read about the escapades of others. Imagine dressing up like a bratwurst in a bun, as that is the first of many jobs her sister Rachel has in mind for Caity. Of course she is bold and says I’ll do it! Her life had taken a turn for the worse in the states as her ex-boyfriend is stalking her and as a result he helped get her fired from her last job. Rachel is an event planner and working in Dublin Ireland. Wow, Caity gets to go abroad and seize the day for this time in her life, as her sister gives her a job working with her in Dublin.Meet Gretchen, Rachel’s right hand worker with these events and Declan who would become a friendly cohort for Caity. Gretchen is clearly one who thinks everyone should wish to be her. No way, would Caity want to be like Gretchen. She will find herself and when she does it will be because she has kept the faith. Does falling on her face, dancing leprechauns, male masseuses, wrong hotel room numbers mean Caity is up to shenanigans? No, they are the unfortunate things that happen to her. When she starts becoming more knowledgeable in the job and starts to have a little faith, Caity amazes even herself.Caity’s family has not always been open books when it comes to their lives but after hanging out with Declan and learning about his ancestry, Caity finds out from her mom that her grandma was born in Ireland! Does Caity find her ancestors? I am looking forward to finding out in the next “The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw” book!I can’t wait for the next book!I, was given this book, by Netgalley.com for review purposes.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun book. It is certainly a great summer/beach read. This is the first in the series and I am really looking forward to reading more about the exploits of Caity Shaw. She is a great chick-lit character. I give this book 4.5 stars.Caity is lacking self-confidence at the beginning of the book, but with some rather interesting and hilarious situations in Dublin Ireland that she handles in a typical Caity fashion, she begins to boost her confidence in herself. When she loses her job, her m This is a fun book. It is certainly a great summer/beach read. This is the first in the series and I am really looking forward to reading more about the exploits of Caity Shaw. She is a great chick-lit character. I give this book 4.5 stars.Caity is lacking self-confidence at the beginning of the book, but with some rather interesting and hilarious situations in Dublin Ireland that she handles in a typical Caity fashion, she begins to boost her confidence in herself. When she loses her job, her mother convinces her sister to hire her to work for her event planning company. The event just happens to be in Ireland. Because she has no experience, her sister gives her all the low level jobs, but even those things can go wrong when Caity is involved. So many situations made me laugh out loud, but fortunately, there were no serious consequences. There is an ex mentioned many times that had a lot to do with the way Caity thinks of herself and it is great to see her getting over that situation. When Caity and her sister find out that their gram was from Ireland, they begin to bond over the search for her birthplace and for relatives. The other characters in the book really let Caity shine and show her at her best as she plays off of them.Eliza Watson did a great job with this book. She made it so much fun that it was easy to read, unfortunately the house did not get cleaned until I finished this book. I am looking forward to the next adventure of Caity Shaw. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Chick Lit and those who love to see the underdog grow and succeed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Grass monster
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Caity Shaw, after being sacked from her job because of her stalking ex, she finds herself single after getting out of the emotionally abusive relationship. Life couldnt get much worse for Caity. She decides to get on a plane to Dublin to help out her sister, Rachel at an event. As Caity settles into the job things dont go quiet as planned. From falling flat on her face to wrong hotels and rooms, Caity dosent get an easy ride. Co worker Declan seems to always save the day. They have a little Meet Caity Shaw, after being sacked from her job because of her stalking ex, she finds herself single after getting out of the emotionally abusive relationship. Life couldnt get much worse for Caity. She decides to get on a plane to Dublin to help out her sister, Rachel at an event. As Caity settles into the job things dont go quiet as planned. From falling flat on her face to wrong hotels and rooms, Caity dosent get an easy ride. Co worker Declan seems to always save the day. They have a little spark between them and will be interesting to see if this developes.Whille hanging out with Declan, and learning about his ancestry, Caity becomes interested about her own family and learns her Grandmother was born in Ireland. And wants to know why she left to live in America.It was nice to see Caity grow in this story, she takes her job in hand very seriously and the mishaps are not always her fault. I think its lovely we get to explore some family history.This was a bit of a slow start for me but by the end i was looking forward to book 2 and to read more about Caity and her life.
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  • Clive Gerrard
    January 1, 1970
    When I downloaded this book it came under the category of 'Humorous' but subsequently it also appeared as 'Chick lit', which was too late as I'd already started it .... However, it a wasn't bad read. It was light reading, fairly innocuous in an airport novel kind of way. The story of a divorced/separated woman starting off in a new life, new career and in a strange country (Ireland) was light-heartedly amusing without being laugh out loud funny. Her trials and tribulations are fairly run of the When I downloaded this book it came under the category of 'Humorous' but subsequently it also appeared as 'Chick lit', which was too late as I'd already started it .... However, it a wasn't bad read. It was light reading, fairly innocuous in an airport novel kind of way. The story of a divorced/separated woman starting off in a new life, new career and in a strange country (Ireland) was light-heartedly amusing without being laugh out loud funny. Her trials and tribulations are fairly run of the mill, but the story generally is quite enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend it to another male but as I'm not an expert on 'Chick lit', I cannot comment on its quality in that genre. As a male it feels like has a female slant on the way the heroine is sympathetically perceived in the story.One of a series, which meant that it had no ending as such ... which was disappointing, unfortunately. Would I read others in the series ? probably not.
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