Since it is July and there is a giant inflatable Santa at the north end of town I decided to read one of the several Christmas books I had not been able to get to this past Christmas season. After searching through several titles I selected My Christmas Goose is Almost Cooked (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw book 3) by Eliza Watson. I had read book one a year ago and loved it so much that I bought the second book and then the third (there are now five books in the series) but I had not had a chance to read them. I was a little nervous wondering if I would be able to follow the story when I had skipped the second book in the series but I was happy to discover that the story had enough of a recap spread throughout it that I was not left confused from having missed an important detail.
This story was beautifully written. I love that Eliza Watson often travels to Ireland and has experience researching family geneology because it really shows in her work. The story of Caity Shaw is a beautiful story about a young woman who has come out of an abusive relationship and is rediscovering who she is, regaining her confidence, and learning to stand on her own all while trying to solve the mystery surrounding her grandmother’s past. A grandmother who had told everyone that her family was dead, when Caity learned that they were not she decided to find her family and discover the truth about her grandmother. Caity took a job with her sister who is an events coordinator which allows her to travel the world. In book once she is in Ireland, book two France, and book three she is back in Ireland.
I don’t want to ruin any of the first book for you in case you decide that this series is something you want to look into so I will do my best to not say too much. I read this book in a rare moment when I had my house to myself, which I think was a good thing because I laughed out loud several times and found myself reaching for the tissues a few times. Seeing Caity find herself is absolutely beautiful. Watching her piece together her family history is inspiring, it makes me want to go out and do the same. Now that I finished this book I am moving on to the next one! Absolutely loved it!!
What do you do when your Christmas goes from white to blue?
Despite a few setbacks, Caity Shaw’s future no longer looks as emotionally and financially bleak as it did a few months ago. Rather than working as an elf this holiday season, she is the head photographer for a group event in Dublin. Not only is Caity mending family ties, she’s learning to trust men again, thanks to her hot Irish coworker, Declan.
That is, until Declan and Caity visit rural Ireland and their relationship comes to a crossroads. Declan’s family welcomes Caity into their home with open arms, but they are tight-lipped when it comes to sharing memories that could send Declan running from his past—just when Caity is learning to face hers. However, facing her grandmother’s mysterious past is a different story. With the help of her quirky Irish rellies and a local historian, Caity uncovers secrets about her grandmother that may cause her family ties to unravel once again.
When Caity experiences her biggest mishap to date, everyone is forced to face their pasts and nobody’s life will be the same.