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Confessions of an Air Hostess is written by Irish author Marisa Mackle and is published by Little Black Dress books. LBD books are modern and engaging romance-led works of fiction and would be slotted into the 'chick-lit' category. This is the first LBD book that I've read and was intrigued by the story, and also by the title - 'Confessions...' makes it sound enticing and scandalous! It's currently available from Amazon marketplace at the ridiculously low price of 1p + postage and packaging.
Back of the book blurb: Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts and listen to the air hostess. She's having a bad day. Don't Make Her Cross.
Air hostess Annie's life takes a serious nosedive after her boyfriend dumps her (by text) and takes off with a thousand pounds of her money.
But before she has time to do what she really wants (lock herself away with her tears and a jumbo tub of ice cream), she has a planeful of passengers to cajole into good behaviour. So it's on with the fake tan (and the fake smile) and off to work as usual. Which is just as well, really. Because you never know, the departure of Mr Wrong could mean the arrival of Mr Right... Couldn't it?
We hope you relax and enjoy the trip. One thing's for sure, you'll never look at a flight attendant in the same way again...
The story centres around Annie, a sweet but sometimes misguided Irish girl in her late twenties working as an air hostess. She has been cruelly dumped by her latest boyfriend Niall, and while trying to put on a brave face and carry on she is caught out by an emotional outburst and inadvertently airs her anger over the microphone on one of the flights she is working. Cue a meeting with her very angry boss and she is landed with suspension for a week. As if things couldn't get any worse she has a near-miss car accident and ends up in hospital with a few minor injuries and a majorly broken pair of shoes.
To try and get away from it all Annie books a spur of the moment holiday in Spain and plans to relax and recharge ready for her return to work. Only things get complicated when she meets dangerous Danny Savage at the train station and they embark on a spontaneous whirlwind romance. Of course no relationship is without its complications and things become more and more difficult, with Annie never knowing where she stands. To add to the already growing list of problems, the very gorgeous and very married man who caused her accident is persistently trying to get her attention, and she's also receiving some anonymous attention with short love notes wishing her well on her work trips. There is a lot going on in Annie's life and she is trying to juggle everything without really knowing what she wants to hold on to.
The book is a very quick read as the narrative is structured in a concise, clear way and there are large amount of dialogue. The chapters are short and passed by quickly. The book is a total 276 pages which sounds like a lot for this type of book, but I was eager to find out more of the story and I had finished it within a week's worth of train commutes to work and back. The writing style is very simplistic and has a warm, friendly tone to it. There is a lot of humour throughout, and it's the simple sort of embarrasing moments we all have that make it believable and funny in the sort of way we all know. It's very true to life and I found myself easily able to relate to the predicaments Annie was facing. She is a likeable character and I was rooting for her to reach a happy ending. The book is girly without being sweet and fluffly, it's got some grit to it and there are some difficult situatiuons that are dealt with tactfully.
This book has got a lot of heart to it and touches on some emotional material, with loss and grievance being part of Annie's daily realities. There is a lot more to it than just a boy-meets-girl scenario, and the different potential love interests are fun and it is interesting trying to work out everybody's intentions. The ending came as a real shock to me, I hadn't seen it coming at all and was a bit unsure of how it fit in with the rest of the story. It added another element to the plot and came out ok even if it did seem to jolt with the rest of the goings-on in the book.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot and would definitely pick up another Little Black Dress book when I come across one.