Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

by Eliza Watson
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989521970
Publisher: Elizabeth Watson
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caity may not have everything figured, but she steadily progresses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different and interesting story;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
EPClark More than 1 year ago
"Flying By the Seat of my Knickers" is part of the burgeoning genre of...I don't know exactly what to call it...stories about hapless young women who have to turn their lives around by having adventures and finding love. It's chick lit of a very specific sort. Of course, what it really is at its heart is a heroic journey/coming of age tale, but presented in the lightest, most cheerful and upbeat version. Heroines in these tales often have dead-end jobs (or no jobs at all), failed relationships, and everyday problems like that, but they rarely come under deadly danger or face anything really world-shattering. Which is fine. That's how most people live most of the time, and one of the main strengths of these kinds of books is that they put everyday and largely feminine problems and concerns front and center, in a fun and readable fashion. And "Flying by the Seat of my Knickers" is great fun, with some seriousness as well. Caity Shaw is trying to rebuild her life after getting out of an emotionally abusive and controlling relationship with an older man. She takes a temp job helping out her event-planner older sister at an event in Dublin, which leads to the expected round of humiliating tasks, embarrassing mishaps, eventual realization self-worth and competence, plus the possibility of a little romance with a handsome Irishman. It's all par for the course, but it is great fun, and Caity's struggles to pull herself together after her disastrous relationship lend some genuine pathos to the story. A sweet little short read (I read the entire thing while spending a morning sitting in various waiting rooms) for those looking for some good-natured women's fiction, or who just want to read about romance with handsome Irishmen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been emotionally abused, she needs of rebuild her confidence. Enjoyed her traveling adventure and her efforts to regain herself. Got the next in the series to enjoy Paris and watch her continued growth and adventures. Also want to see the family dynamic evolve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself skipping several pages at a time. Might have been better if the author had a good editor; the story was too disjointed or something, j'ne sais quois.
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
AWFUL! This made no sense!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light-hearted break between more serious reading. Caity was a bit too immature and lacking in confidence, though, for my taste so I will not be reading more in the series.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
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 and in turn others begin to have more confidence in her. 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 not experience, her sister gives her all the low level jobs like dressing up as a sausage, directing people to the washrooms at the dinner venue and putting guests in their cars. Even those things can go wrong and she ends up embarrassing herself in front of the "Boss" of the company they are working for. So many situations made me laugh but fortunately, there were no bad 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. I am looking forward to the next adventure of Caity Shaw. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Chick Lit and who loves 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.
CarolD59 More than 1 year ago
Caity Shaw leaves her emotionally abusive stalker ex husband behind when her sister Rachel gives her a job in her event planning business in Ireland. Caity sees Rachel as a perfectionist who never does anything wrong and Caity cannot do anything right. With the help of hot co worker Declan and her funny mishaps, Caity starts to gain her confidence. This book was enjoyable to read and Caity's mishaps had me laughing. There was even a little spark of romance between Caity and Declan. Looking forward to more of Caity's adventures.
DeborahONeillCordes More than 1 year ago
How I loved Caity Shaw, one of the most original young women I've ever met. Notice I didn't write "character" in my previous sentence. That's because she seemed as real as one of my friends or nieces, a young woman alive with hope, angst, foibles, humor, fear, and love. I will never forget her, and I look forward to more of her adventures. Kudos to Ms. Watson for a terrific novel. Five stars!
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
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.