The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Series Review

The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Series

By Eliza Watson

Genre: Chick Lit

I read book one and enjoyed it so much I had to quickly read the other two books in the series! There should be more books in the series coming out eventually. Check out my review of each book below.

Flying By The Seat of My Knickers (Book 1)

4/5 singing chickadees! I’m so glad I downloaded this book while it was free! It ended up being really good. Caity has just gotten out of an abusive relationship. She is desperately trying to become her own person and leave her fear behind. Her sister, Rachel, owns an event planning company and at the request of their mother, she hires Caity for a gig in Ireland. Caity doesn’t have much work experience and she’s trying not to embarrass Rachel, while hoping that they can get their sisterly relationship of the past back. Caity also finds out that their grandma was from a nearby town in Ireland. She is determined to find out why her grandma lied about her past.

This had similarities to a chick lit, but also dealt with the seriousness of moving past an abusive relationship. I really liked Caity and could empathize with her. We got to see how grow in this story. I will warn you that the book did end unfinished and you’ll have to keep reading the series for a satisfying conclusion. I liked the book so much, that I immediately purchased the second one!

Up The Seine Without A Paddle (Book 2)

4/5 singing chickadees! I really enjoyed the second installment in this series. These books are quick reads that keep your interest the entire time. Caity is working her second ever travel event in Paris. Declan, the one who recommended her and her possible love interest from the last book, is along as well. Caity learns more about event planning and is starting to grow in her confidence. Well, when she isn’t stuck playing nanny to the funeral director’s son. Meanwhile, Declan opens up about his past and Caity is wondering if she can trust him with her own story. She’s also trying to get up the confidence to tell her sister.

Caity annoyed me at certain parts in this book, with her desire to push Declan to open up more, while concealing her own past. She also overreacted to a lot of situations. Some of that was understandable with the relationship she just got out of. The first book’s summary gave me the impression that the series was a lot more focused on uncovering Caity’s grandmother’s history. That storyline takes more of a back burner than I had expected. However, these were minor complaints. I still really enjoyed this book. These are likable characters, the locations are interesting and detailed, and the pace is quick.

My Christmas Goose is Almost Cooked

5/5 singing chickadees! I’m happy to report that we finally find out about Caity’s grandma’s secrets in this book. Caity starts the book working another event with her sister, Rachel. They plan to go to Dublin to research their grandma’s past, but it turns out that only Caity is able to go. Declan volunteers to accompany her, as his family lives in the area. So Caity ends up meeting Declan’s family and trying to help all of them open up about and properly mourn Declan’s first love.

This was another enjoyable installment of the series. It’s fun to see Caity grow and become more confident with each book. I like that these books have hilarious escapades and romance, but also cover serious topics. I love the focus on family, too. I highly recommend you start the series soon so you can read this latest book around Christmastime.

 

 

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The Girl I Didn’t Marry Review

The Girl I Didn’t Marry

By Annabelle Costa

Genre: Romance

I was a huge fan of another one of Costa’s books- The Time-Traveler’s Girlfriend. When she asked me to review her latest book, I couldn’t say no! I am voluntarily reviewing a free copy from the author. When I started reading this book, I did not expect to like it and be as sucked in as I was! It starts with a guy who seems to be a gangster getting a lap dance. Then the story goes back to high school when this gangster named Nick is a straight A student with a major crush on the new girl- Jessie. The story goes back and forth between Nick and Jessie and tells of their Romeo and Juliet-like relationship. Tragedy strikes in An Affair to Remember-style and Nick and Jessi lose touch after high school. We find out where they are now and the book ends with them finally meeting again. Unfortunately, it ends on a total cliffhanger in preparation for the next book.

You can’t help but feel for our main characters and the difficulties that life throws their way. This book truly is like a Shakespearean tragedy! Yet it totally sucks you in and doesn’t let you put it down. I can’t wait to read the next book in the hope that these star-crossed lovers get their happily ever after. I didn’t always like the main characters, but they’re so well-written and fleshed out that I could understand their choices even when I didn’t agree with them. I would highly recommend this to fans of romance.

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Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse Review and Giveaway

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse

Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse

Author: Lilly Bartlett

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Christmas novella, chick lit

Michele Gorman is re-releasing her previous book, The Reluctant Elf, under her new rom-com pen name, Lilly Bartlett. I’m excited to have the opportunity to read it! I was given a copy of the book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. 

Lottie gets a dreaded, middle of the night phone call that her Aunt Kaye is in the hospital. She rushes to rural Wales to run her aunt’s Victorian B&B because she has an important reviewer coming over the holidays. The bank is going to take Aunt Kate’s home unless she gets a good review! 

Lottie has never seen the place and it turns out to be much less elegant and much more shabby than she ever imagined. She and her daughter, Mabel, only have 3 days to turn the place into a proper B&B worthy of a good rating. She ends up hiring her taxi driver, Danny, to stay on to do the cooking and help with repairs. 

Chaos ensues, as this place could rival the money pit. When the reviewer shows up, he’s accompanied by his always-cranky sister and her husband, who tries to hit on Lottie. If that weren’t bad enough, they have twins who are bored by everything and just want to use wi-fi. Danny, Lottie, and Mabel truly have to “fake it ’til they make it!” 

This was such a cute romantic comedy for Christmas! I laughed pretty hard when Lottie found out why she was told to wait 5 minutes between flushing the toilet and washing her hands! My heart was warmed as Lottie started to develop feelings for Danny. Mabel was such a precocious, yet sweet, little girl. With the descriptions, I really felt like I was in the once-grand mansion. I love novellas at Christmas and this sweet story did not disappoint! It was a quick, entertaining, and heart-warming read.

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A Vicarage Christmas Review and Giveaway

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A Vicarage Christmas Summary

Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1

Genre: Women’s fiction/romance

Release Date: October 18, 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.

When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

 

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My Review

This was a lovely book for Christmastime. Anna has been avoiding coming back home to Thornewaite, where her father is the vicar. She doesn’t like all the attention she gets from the small village because of who her father is nor the memories it brings back of her deceased brother. Anna runs out her first night at home and meets a man at a pub. She ends up spilling the truth about how she feels about her family. The next day, she discovers who this man is and feels horrified. 

There was so much to love about this heartwarming story. Anna has a close and loving family, even if she doesn’t always realize it. The man she meets at the pub, Simon, is sweet and patient. Anna is a very realistic and relatable character with her social anxiety challenges. I believe the series is going to do a book about each sister and I’m excited for that. Each one is at a very different point in their life at the end of this book. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read, I would highly recommend this book. 

About the Author

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Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.

 

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Out of Play

Out of Play

By Joy Norstrom

4 out of 5 chickadees singing!

When I read the hilarious plot summary of this book, I knew I had to get it. Gillian is fed up with her husband, mainly because of his hobby of LARP (live action role play). Her husband, Ralph, dressed up in costumes with like-minded individuals and pretends to be a character like a banshee, knight, etc. Gillian starts seeing a therapist to get help for this issue and is shocked when she advises that Gillian go on a LARP’ing trip with her husband.

Gillian ends up not telling Ralph she’s going to come along and volunteers as a kitchen wench. She acts like she’s taking her therapist’s suggestion, but she can’t help spying on her husband. She gets herself into some crazy situations and meets some, um, interesting people.

This book was completely unpredictable, which I was not expecting. It was a welcome surprise. It was also very funny, with the characters and situations. Yet it somehow also managed to do justice to the serious topic of a relationship on the rocks. A good read.

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