Liv has lost everything. 

She now has no family, no college education, no direction, and no plan. Well, she does have a plan – to dull her pain with alcohol and pull herself together long enough to make a trip to Scotland to scatter her aunt’s ashes. 

A chance encounter on the flight to Europe leads to a lasting friendship that Liv comes to rely on above all else. 

But as Liv grapples with the tragedies of her past, is there room in her broken life for another person?

“The story of one woman’s attempt to find herself in the face of grief, Fear of Flying is a moving and unexpected reminder that fate may deny us what we want, only to give us exactly what we need. Kate Allen is a fresh new voice in fiction.”

Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You 

“…you’ll want to start all over again as soon as you turn the last page, to savour every smart, funny, thrilling line you gulped the first time.”

Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss 

“Kate Allen’s sparkling debut, Fear of Flying, truly soared. From Boston to Amsterdam to Scotland, I loved traveling on this journey – a perfect read during this quarantine. I cheered for Liv from the very first page…a truly honest coming-of-age story.”

Nicole Macaulay, author of Honeymoon Alone

“A fascinating and at times heart-breaking exploration of a young woman drowning in grief and desperate to find air without getting hurt again. Kate Allen is an exciting new author to watch in contemporary women’s fiction.” 

Jennifer Klepper, USA Today bestselling author of Unbroken Threads

“A keen portrait of a shattered woman whose fear of attachment keeps her from recognizing the love she needs. Prose screwed tight with tension held me rapt as I sought hope for Liv, for myself, for us all.”

Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling

“Allen writes with her audience in mind and delivers an intriguing story that will linger in your thoughts long after the final page. If you’re looking for a character-driven novel to lose yourself in, your search can end with Fear of Flying by Kate Allen.”

Readers’ Favorite (5 Star Review)

“Allen’s emotional debut pulls the reader into a gripping slow-burn romance where our lively and relatable protagonist has to find a way to move forward while letting go of her fears and the past. Heartfelt and honest, this book has all the feels.”

Samantha Vérant, author of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux

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CHAPTER ONE There are two competing impulses in her mind right now. The first is to run. To where, she’s not sure. The second, and stronger, impulse is to scream. Instead, she finds herself frozen to the seat.  “Are you okay?”  Liv pries her fingers from the laptop keyboard and manages to move her head…

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