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Up the Seine Without a Paddle
What do you do when the City of Love doesn’t love you? Caity Shaw takes on Paris and her next event planner job with a bit more confidence—which is immediately shot down when she’s forced to take responsibility for a six-year-old brat. They’re kicked out of a famous museum, and she goes from being a glamorous event planner—for a funeral directors’ group—to a reluctant au pair. Just what she doesn’t need as she struggles to regain self-esteem whittled away by an emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend.
Declan, Caity’s hot Irish coworker, helps her maintain her sanity and sense of humor when she is repeatedly thrown out of places in Paris. He also perpetuates her facade as an experienced planner, a goal she’ll never achieve if she’s spending her days at puppet shows. Caity and Declan spend evenings exploring Paris and researching her Irish grandmother’s mysterious past, uncovering secrets that could tear Caity’s family apart. Declan reveals his own secret, which might bring Caity and him closer, despite her attempts to keep an emotional distance from the charming womanizer.
However, the only way to help Declan open up and heal might be to confide in him about her past. Caity finally has faith in herself—can she learn to have faith that others won’t judge her mistakes?
Caity is back and her mishaps just keep piling on! Up the Seine Without a Paddle by Eliza Watson is the second book in The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw. This time she is in France and her job as an event planner is taken to the next level.
Caity is still the insecure but charming character that she was in book 1. Maybe slightly bit more paranoid. It causes her to have some regrettable outbursts that even made me cringe. She is still trying to prove herself to her family and co-workers; but it really is about her finding her own confidence. Her bad breakup with her ex is part of the reason for her insecurity. She wants to do things on her own without anybody telling her what to do. Poor Declan (her co-worker and crush) is caught in the crossfires of her temper quite often.
“Just because you loan me money doesn’t mean you can tell me how to spend it. What to buy, eat, or…”
Besides her somewhat psycho outbursts and thought processes, her antics really are quite amusing. Her relationship with Declan advances but of course it wouldn’t be complete without the trust issue thing.
“He had all this faith in me and my abilities, but I didn’t have complete faith in him. Was it because of his playboy reputation, or was it because he was a man? Had my relationship with Andy ruined me for all men, for life?”
Yes, you can add melodrama to her traits as well, but seriously she makes the book so fun. I just have to know what she will get herself into. So much has happened to her, you just have to give her a chance. The sub-plot of her finding out about her family past continue in this one, but no conclusion about that is reached.
If you like your heroines to be klutzy, to say the wrong things, are insecure, and who are funny, then you will like Caity Shaw.
A little note…
This series is best when read in order.