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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

(The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,576 ratings  ·  257 reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published February 20th 2016 by Elizabeth Watson
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Dash fan
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
Samantha March
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Zoe (Attic Salt Reviews)
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
Elle's Book Blog
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
:: 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,
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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I only stuck with this because, Ireland. It disappointed.
Petra Quelch
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
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 p
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

Erin Kathleen (CTBookGirl)
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Alexia Adams
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Excellent and well written book. I hated to book down I loved it so much. Before I finished the book, I was hooked and looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I highly recommend it. Easy to read. Will read again and have.
Christy Newton
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read any Eliza Watson and found this book purely on the title, which leapt out at me and said you have to read me.
It was a lighthearted easy read which I thoroughly enjoyed. Its quirky main character keeps you wanting to read more to find out what was going to happen to her next. Although it's very lighthearted it covers some serious subjects of abuse and low self esteem in a relatable, sensitive and at times humorous way.
when I was three quarters of the way through I started to w
Nadishka Aloysius
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I found my long lost kindle. When I turned it on this was the book on the front. I can't say how when or why it was in my library, but I opened and started reading after breakfast. Then after lunch I realized I'd read the whole thing in one go(, minus family lunch time, thanks to COVID19.) This was a great chick-lit read. Made me think of my time in England and Wales (haven't been to Ireland) and with just a beginning glimpse of her mysterious grandmother, her family relationships, and the guy, ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ( :
Srivalli Rekha
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a series and cannot entirely be read as a standalone. It does have a proper ending, but there are unanswered questions.
The storyline is interesting enough and I might buy the next books in the series soon.
Alice Teets
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ending the year with a quick chick lit read
Melani Jaffe
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a meeting planner and TD I loved this book and laughed out load at many parts !! Eliza was spot on !!!! Heading onto another one of her books !!!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book. Good enough I want to read the next 2. Need to find out about the Grandma.
Very quick read.
Samantha Glass
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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