Thursday, May 2, 2013

Guest Book Review: Love Me Anyway

By Marlene Engel

Come take a ride with Emily, KC and their crew as they travel the world in hopes of discovering themselves and maybe even love along the way. But life as a flight attendant isn’t always a smooth ride. They will encounter turbulence along the way. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Most young adults would jump at the opportunity to experience the world, travel to exotic destinations and get paid while doing so. Emily Cavenaugh isn’t most people. At twenty three years old, she has already been married and now is in the process of trying to get away from her abusive husband. What better way to do that and gain distance between them than by working as a flight attendant? Wanting to make a fresh start to her life, Emily moves from her small town of Bakersfield to San Francisco where she shares an apartment with six other flight attendants. Determined to get away from her husband and gain some independence from her father Emily takes to the skies. Little does she realize that you can’t run from your problems because they are never far behind and the loneliness from never being in the same place for too long gets daunting. Thankfully she has the support and companionship of her roommate and fellow flight attendant, KC Valentine. KC is everything that Emily is not … confident, free spirited and sexy. KC’s determined to transform Emily from her plain Jane appearance and shy ways and bring out her wild side while taking on new experiences. But who would’ve thought that this little transformation would lead Emily into the arms of an older, married man and fellow flight attendant?

Just like Emily, KC’s quest to become a flight attendant wasn’t for the freedom to travel to world. She holds her own secrets and reasons for taking to the skies. Back in Las Vegas her mom lays in a hospital bed dying of cancer while her father, who left them when she was only a little girl, enjoys the life of paradise while living in Hawaii with “the bimbo“. KC’s main reason for becoming a flight attendant was to take advantage of the flight incentives and, without her mom’s knowledge, fly to Hawaii to finally confront her father. But will she be able to find the man who left her and her mother sad and alone? Or will her feeling of abandonment just grow stronger?

Love Me Anyway is Tiffany Hawk’s debut novel. Having worked as a flight attendant, Hawk knows firsthand all that happens behind the scenes as a member of a flight crew. She’s able to give the book an intimate feel while also providing an accurate depiction of life in the air. This book takes you on an adventure around the world. I felt like I was right there with them as they flew to London, India, Hawaii and beyond. I found the characters to be likeable and I enjoyed seeing how they each overcame their struggles, who they turned to and how their lives changed. I thought the book was very well written and enjoyed it very much. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It was the type of book that you hated to put down and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the book in exchange for an honest review. They're giving away the book over at Tiffany's interview. (US/Canada only.)

Marlene Engel is a stay-at-home mom who runs a home daycare. She lives in Clifton Park, New York with her husband and three year-old daughter. She also has three older boys who live away from home while attending college. She is an adoptive/foster parent and an advocate for the special needs population. In her spare time she enjoys reading and getting together with her book club. 

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