For all those who have stood in airports or spent too long
on flights, here is a book for you. Don't you think it
would be interesting if a dating service was matching up
the single flyers and seating them together? LOVE IN ROW 27
takes this fun idea and runs with it.
Cora works for Aer Lingus the Irish airline at London's
Heathrow Airport check in desk. For the purposes of the
story, we accept that a security alert has obliged all
travellers to return to queuing at check-in desks to be
checked visually and assigned seats. Cora, miserable after
a failed relationship, starts to pair up travellers who are
flying to visit the Game of Thrones sets in Northern
Ireland. When you put it that way, it seems quite natural.
Next thing, she's assigning Row 27 to single flyers,
snooping online for details that might make them
compatible. A flight attendant friend strikes up
conversations and reports back to her.
The sub-plots include colleagues who are competing in
reality shows, a mature Aer Lingus worker determined not to
be promoted from her easy job and comfortable stool at
check-in, and the gradual decline of Cora's mother who has
Alzheimer's. So plenty is going on to keep readers
interested, in between the vignettes about the flyers
seated in Row 27. Obviously, the dating game doesn't
This is an enjoyable light read, more modern than chick-lit
used to be in that some serious issues are addressed other
than dating, shopping and the workplace. I found occasional
strong language and adult references so it's a book for
adults or mature teen readers.
Eithne Shortall is an arts journalist for the Sunday Times
newspaper, and she is based in Dublin. She has lived in
London, which doubtless provided her with many of the
locations in the story, and as she has also lived in France
and America we can take it she's done a lot of flying.
LOVE IN ROW 27 is her first novel.
Still reeling from a break-up, Cora Hendricks has given up
on ever finding love. For herself, that is. To pass the time
while working the Aer Lingus check-in desk at Heathrow, Cora
begins to play cupid with high-flying singles.
Using only her intuition, the internet, and glamorous flight
attendant accomplice Nancy, Row 27 becomes Cora's laboratory
of love. Instead of being seated randomly, two unwitting
passengers on each flight find themselves next to the person
of their dreams - or not.
Cora swears Row 27 is just a bit of fun, but while she's
busy making sparks fly at cruising altitude, the love she'd
given up on for herself just might have landed right in
front of her...