A debut novel, both funny and sad, from a former flight attendant, about two flight attendants.
The chapters that describe the work conditions and requirements of the service end of flying will have readers laughing out loud. The chapters that delve into the painful past experiences of the two young women who took to the skies to find happier futures will draw tears. Emily’s mother left her and her father when Emily was young. Emily got lucky insofar as her father met and married a woman who was a loving stepmother, but her own marriage at a young age to her high school sweetheart did not turn out so well. The postnuptial Carl, overly controlling and increasingly abusive, is not the prenuptial sweetheart she thought she knew. She feels safer leaving Bakersfield behind altogether, and even safer in the sky, when he receives the divorce papers. KC, never married, a free-spirited and somewhat promiscuous young woman, was not lucky growing up. When her father left her and her mother, her mother never remarried but worked hard as a single mom to raise KC, not realizing how much KC wanted to find and confront her father. KC finally finds him with help from the Internet and plans to fly to Hawaii to meet him. When Emily and KC meet as fellow flight attendants and become roommates, KC encourages Emily to loosen up and let her hair down, seek romance and love. But with love come consequences.
Readers will find the book's two heroines well worth knowing.