Book Review & Interview: Love at First Flight

love at first flight
Title: Love a First Flight
Author: Tess Woods
Publisher: HarperCollins

 What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. the second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. the me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don't regret it.

 What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you? Mel is living the dream. She's a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever. 

 What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming.

Mel's dream life turns into her worst nightmare. Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head. 

Book Excerpt:

At the mention of her husband, I couldn’t help myself asking about him, despite the knot in my stomach.

‘His name’s Adam,’ said Mel. ‘He’s an anaesthetist. We’ve been married fourteen years.’ She bit on her lower lip.

‘Is he a good guy, this specialist who never tells his wife she’s beautiful?’ I asked, narrowing my eyes.

I expected her to laugh at my expression but she didn’t.

‘He is a good guy. He’s a really great guy, actually.’ She looked at me for a second. ‘I do love him.’ She chewed on her cheek, hesitating. ‘But he doesn’t make my belly flip.’ She hung her head as soon as the words were out.

That’s the moment when everything changed. When she said that. That’s the moment she was exposed and I knew for certain I had a real chance with her.

My Review:

Mel is a torn woman, at least she is within the first few pages of the book.  She wasn't planning it, and she didn't want it, at first.  Mel is a great character to portray the struggles that often come with Love.  She's a Doctor, she's been married many years, she's got great kids and friends and she has a happy life, or so she thought.

It's amazing what one unplanned situation can do to your entire life.  Everything she'd ever loved was shattered when she met Matt.  

Mel struggled with what's right and what's wrong.  What's Love and what's not.  What's important and what's not.  Her inner struggle was just as real as her physical struggles.  Unfortunately Mel's feelings didn't only affect her.  She didn't just turn her own world upside down, but her kids, her friends and her husbands world as well.

I saw true love in this story, I saw an older marriage that had as much love as anyone could have but lust got in the way.  It really made me think if falling in 'love' is as easy as Mel thought it was with a man she'd only known a few days.
In the end it appeared no one was truly happy and no one truly knew what would even make them happy.  That made me sad.

I gave this book 4 Stars:

Overall I liked this book.  Tess is a wonderful writer, the characters and the emotions that are written in this book are top notch.  I may not have loved the overall story but I enjoyed reading this book.  It makes you feel feelings and it makes you feel for the characters.  It is a little heavy in content but the story that's being told is a tad dark and heavy.

I Loved:
-I loved the emotion in this book.  Tess did a fantastic job capturing the true feelings and emotions that I imagine might go on in the situation Mel found herself in.
-I loved seeing the turmoil that Mel's selfishness (if you could call it that) brought to every character in the book.  Just like it would in real life.
-I loved that I felt for all of the characters.  I wanted so much for them all to get everything they wanted and be happy but that wasn't in the cards.
-I loved that Mel chose her husband over her fling.

I didn't Love:
-I didn't love the turmoil of the emotions that this situation can make a person feel. I'd never want to go through this and reading it was enough for me to ever need to experience.
-I didn't love that Mel confessed her 'love' for Matt, when that obviously isn't what it was.  It was lust, infatuation and 'newness'.  It was that feeling you get when you're in a brand new relationship.
-I didn't love that after all Adam had endured through the mess Mel created that his ending is not great, or even good.  I really felt for Adam, he deserved more than he got.

About the Author:

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Author Bio: 
 Tess Woods is a health professional who lives in Perth, Australia with one husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of them. Love at First Flight is her first novel for HarperCollins. When she isn't working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey and tending to the veggie patch. 

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Interview with the Author:

I was able to Interview Tess Woods and her Interview turned out awesome!

1. What was your inspiration for this book?

I've always been inspired by the tragic love story, the story of great love that just can't be. My favourite book The Bridges of Madison County stayed with me years after reading it and played on my mind. Then I read Twilight and out of nowhere I had to write my own book. Before this I had never entertained the idea of writing. But the longing in Twilight and the knowing that the one you love is the one that is dangerous for you resonated with me and I just had to write about that. So with the themes of desire and danger, I wrote a book about a married mother, because I wanted to write of what I know. I wanted to bring the great love story into the world of the typical suburban mum who is chasing after kids, working and running a home. I wanted her to have that Romeo and Juliet moment. So I wrote 'Love at First Flight'.

2. When you were in grade school what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?

I wanted to be an actress, a writer, a doctor, a teacher, you  name it. More than anything though, even when I was very young, I wanted to grow up get married and become a mum.

3. Are any of your characters based off of people you personally know and what made you choose them?

Hell yes! I really do believe you write what you know. Of course the novel is a novel, not a biography, and I credit my imagination for it, but I have definitely taken inspiration from events and people in my life.

It is no coincidence that Mel has long black hair and is a health professional who falls for a tall, dark, handsome and broody, moody physio. That’s me and my husband! But the great thing about writing is that I get to make Mel as hot as I like and morph her into someone as sexy as Angelina Jolie - hey, it’s my prerogative isn’t it? Matt’s parents are very much inspired by own mother and father in-law who lived out in the country on a sprawling property where we used to go to wind down from the city with them. Matt’s sister is a powerful human rights lawyer, just like two of my world-beating cousins. I even used my children’s names for characters - Tom, Lara and Lachlan. (Lara has a blink and you miss it part because I am saving her. I have big things planned for Lara in book two!)

And I incorporated many real life events into this fictional story. My husband and I tragically lost our third child Lachy at birth, my darling friend Jess committed suicide, my darling friend Julie fought a fierce battle with cancer and those stories and a few more events that shaped my life made it into the book.

4. Is there any life event that really molded you as a writer?

I think there were many. I had a difficult childhood and upbringing and I think that made me the emotional and vulnerable woman I grew up to become which is the sort of writer I am too. Writers need to feel things deeply to be able to express them with passion and I think the trouble I had in my home life growing up really influenced that. I also think kids that grow up in a difficult environment have greater resolve and determination which is what is needed to succeed as a writer and not give up when things get tough. And it also gives you empathy so you can then write with empathy and connect with your readers. So there wasn’t really one life event but more just my early life that moulded me.

5.  Has the becoming an author experience been what you had expected? And why?

It is not what I expected in any way! I had no idea what-so-ever about how many new and amazing people I would meet. That has been a beautiful surprise! Since getting published I have a whole world of new friends including other authors, bloggers and readers. I didn’t expect this feeling of community and it has warmed my heart.

On the flip side, I had no idea how hard I would have to work to sell the book myself. When I landed the publishing contract with HarperCollins I kicked my heels up and thought my job was done. But a lot is expected of authors in terms of marketing and promotion so that has been a steep and scary learning curve!

Thank you Tess for allowing me to interview you!!

Thanks for allowing me to read and review this book:

Tess Woods
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