Love at First Flight - Tess Woods
Yesterday afternoon as my older boys left for swimming and my wee one was playing at a friends house, I guiltily closed the door on my ironing basket and picked up my kindle, ready to delight in an hour of peace curled up on the armchair and sink into my next novel.
Love at First Flight, appeared on my kindle first, and as I slowly slipped into the story I lost all track of time, until the bedlam that accompanies my boys burst through the front door. Looking at the clock I realised my hour of indulgent time with my kindle had in fact been three and a half hours.
As soon as the boys were in bed I had to return to the story and so I am writing this review rather bleary eyed as my resolve to read only one more chapter continued throughout the night and into the small hours of the morning until I had finally reached the end of the book.
Love at First Flight follows the story of Mel, a late 30's part time GP who has an amazingly perfect life, and is looked upon with envy. Two gorgeous teenage children, an extravagant home, a job she adores. Her husband is successful, handsome, charming, an amazing father and a loving husband. What more could she possibly want?
That is until she boards a flight for her girlie weekend, ditching the mumsy clothes for a glam girls only time for her annual trip with her best friend. She forms an instant connection with her fellow passenger Matt and realised what that something more is that she is looking for...excitement. Her husband no longer pays her compliments or looks at her with lust clearly reflected in his eyes. He doesn't give her the butterflies or belly flips that this gorgeous younger man does. Matt has her enthralled not only with his obvious desire for her, but also his intelligent conversation.
Throughout the flight her thoughts swing on a pendulum between desperately wanting this new attention and encouraging it, to feelings of guilt and trying to call a halt to their flirtatious conversations. After the flight her she replays their conversations over and over in her mind, able to concentrate on little else. That night as sleep eludes her, she picks up her novel she had abandoned on the plane in favour of conversation with Matt to discover he has left his phone number tucked between the pages.
What should she do? What would you do? Chase the excitement, the instant connection the one that makes you feel young and alive again, or, forget such foolish thoughts and return to your loving family.
You will just need to read the book to find out!
A few chapters in and I thought this was going to be another predictable romance where there is an instant connection, sparks flying, a sizzling romance and a happily ever after. Boy was I wrong. This book took me on a roller coaster journey with some very unexpected twists and turns. The story is so realistically portrayed, and I found myself connecting with and able to relate easily with the main character. Each characters thought process and reactions were as understandable as they were realistic, there is no fairy wand to make everything rosy as so many romance books portray.
On finishing the story I felt as though I had been through an emotional wringer, it has been a very long time since a book has had me hooked as much as this one.