Book Review: Up The Seine Without a Paddle by Eliza Watson!

Release Date: 29th October 2016.
Publisher: Elizabeth Watson.
Twitter: @ElizasBooks

Firstly, I just want to point out the cover of this book, I mean how absolutely gorgeous is it?? It makes me smile just looking at it! :) I can not tell you how happy I am that Eliza Watson got in touch with me about reviewing 'The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw' series. I adored book one: 'Flying by the seat of my knickers,' and practically devoured book two; the one you probably can't take your eyes off at the top of the page! Really though...stunning!

'Up the Seine without a Paddle,' has us meeting Caity in Paris, where her wonderful co-worker and friend Declan has managed to get her another event planning job. He may have exaggerated with a few of Caity's qualifications but hey she's in Paris and she'll learn as she goes right? Well kind of, instead of adding new experiences and important responsibilities to her resume, Caity ends up babysitting a clients six year old son. This isn't what she had in mind and instead of a Seine Cruise and learning from the grown ups, she's attending puppet shows and getting kicked out of museums! At least she has Declan, who she is starting to learn a lot more about. Their friendship might be a little rocky at times, as Caity has to learn to not let her past relationship control her, but he's still there for her when she needs him and believes in her more than anyone. With a beautiful city to discover, jobs to be done and plenty of things to learn, Caity sets about making the most of her situation whilst still delving more into her family's past.
There is something about Caity that I absolutely love. I feel connected to her almost, just the way she acts and attacks certain situations. She gets anxious and nervous easily and doesn't have a lot of confidence in herself, but even so she will do what she has to do and often ends up surprising herself. I can relate to her worrying and overthinking, so when she then proceeds to do something and it goes well, it gives me a surge of confidence. Even when things don't go so well, she handles it like a pro and shakes it off. This is something I'm learning as I get older; situations happen and you just have to make the most of them, life's too short to get embarrassed by a genuine mistake. Having a book friend who is going through this too, who is learning and making mistakes along the way, is reassuring and a lovely thing to have. It's one of the many wonderful things about being a bookworm, finding those characters that speak to you and that you connect with, who make you feel like you can conquer anything, just like they can. I don't think there was a second that I was reading this book or book one for that matter, without a smile on my face. Being in Caity's world just makes me happy. I can confirm this by the fact that when I finished the last page and the sadness at coming to the end of the book took over, I flipped the page to see the title for book three and suddenly found myself grinning from ear to ear again. I even had to tell my husband in the morning because it made me so happy, oh and because the next title is so good, in fact, that's another thing I love about this series, each book title is awesome. They make me happy just saying them out loud. Book three is titled 'My Christmas Goose is almost Cooked.' :) It's out next year and I can't wait to see what other adventures Caity and Declan get up to. Oh and also to see the cover!! Yay! 
Make sure you pick up Book 1 and Book 2 in 'The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw' series!

Happy Reading!
Love Kelly xx


  1. I've never heard of this book and didn't even know there was a series! It sure does sound interesting though so thanks for sharing this review! (:

    Single Vegas Girl

  2. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy them! :)
    Kelly x