Review: Love Me Anyway by Tiffany Hawk

11th July 2013

pg1*This book was sent to me by the publisher Thomas Dunne Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Since my first flight at age 23, I’ve fantasized about careers that would give me the means to travel for a living. Samantha Brown? I may have said a few bad things about her because I’m green with envy. Yet I never once considered being a flight attendant. Tiffany Hawk’s debut novel Love Me Anyway is a great example of why.

Emily Cavenaugh and KC Valentine meet when they begin training as flight attendants. Both seeking a different life – Emily as an escape from an abusive husband, KC looking for the father who abandoned her – they become friends, or as friendly as they can be when their schedules involve flying to different sides of the world and running into one another infrequently in the apartment they share with four other girls.

KC encourages Emily to loosen up, to really cash in on the experience of literally becoming a world traveler. But Emily falls for the wrong guy, a married flight attendant working a stringent schedule so he can spend more time with his two young daughters.

Problems don’t disappear at 35,000 feet; in fact, the hectic schedules, exhaustion, and loneliness only intensify the challenges as KC and Emily fly from San Francisco to London, London to Chicago, and everywhere else in between.

When the unimaginable occurs, and the September 11 attacks involve their sister planes, the women are grounded and forced to face the reality of who they are and where they’re from. Hawk does such a fantastic job of showing what the men and women working for airlines must have felt in the days and weeks after the attacks. The shock and grief of those moments is distilled in these characters and sharpened as many face layoffs, unable to acclimate to life on the ground.

As Emily says to her father when he picks her up, “I want to go home.” “You are home,” he says. Love Me Anyway is a surprisingly deep look at what that word entails and how finding home may not happen while surrounded by four walls and a roof overhead.

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  • Ti Reed

    I’ve always thought that being a flight attendant would take the zing out of traveling. I think after my 5th flight I would be so over it. LOL.

    • I agree. I like the activity around flying, getting to the airport, the hype, etc., but actually flying? Not my favorite. I am white knuckled on takeoff and landing.

  • Amy Shamroe

    Never would have thought to give this book a second glance, but your review just prompted me to add it to my list.

    • Awesome. Let me know what you think!

  • Wow, I’ve not heard anything about this, but it sounds really great. I’m definitely going to make a note to take a peek at it.

    • I hope you enjoy it!

  • One of my friends in high school told me she wanted to become a flight attendant. I don’t know if she did or not, but that kind of job has never appealed to me. I like to travel but as an escape, not as my job. Also I hate flying. :p

    • Nope. Plus, if you’ve ever been on a bad flight, you know it has to be much more concentrated when you’re flying constantly.

  • I used to think the life of a flight attendant must be terribly glamorous. Until I flew a few times and saw them dealing with passengers 😉 This book sounds like a good read. I hadn’t heard of it before so THANKS! Just what I need, a new book to check out, ha ha ha.

    • Exactly. I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up.