“Athletic, outdoor type, good cook, good with people, wanted for work on the canals….” Newly not engaged and suddenly out of work, Julia Fairfax needs a new direction. The classified ad that catches her eye sends her on a delightful, hilarious adventure along the English canals on a rickety old hotel boat. Among the twists and turns, Julia encountersa passel of persnickety guests, an irritating ex-boyfriend, the challenges of cooking in a galley kitchen the size of a closet, and a whole lot of rattling tea cups. Add some frighteningly narrow bridges to steer through, and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable journey. Part romp, part romance, part step-by-step guide to how “not “to see England’s scenic canals, “Life Skills “will delight fans of intelligent romantic comedy, as well as anyone looking for a few tips on staying afloat.