Review: The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5-4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actually done it. And the life she’s run into is her best friend Heather’s. The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather.

The summer job at the highland Scottish hotel that her world class wine-expert friend ditched turns out to be a lot more than Birdy bargained for. Can she survive a summer pretending to be her best friend? And can Birdy stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked, but who thinks she’s someone else?

One good friend’s very bad decision is at the heart of this laugh-out-loud love story and unexpected tale of a woman finally finding herself in the strangest of places.



My Thoughts:

The Summer Job is very light on romance, but it is a fun and frothy read. Thirty-year-old Birdy is somewhat lost in life. She doesn’t have a passion or a calling and flits from one failed job to another, just making ends meet. When her more sophisticated and accomplished best friend decides to follow her heart and spend the summer in Italy instead of working at the job she took at a remote hotel in Scotland, Birdy volunteers to call the hotel and break the news. When she forgets to do so, she jumps in to “save” her friend’s reputation. The only problem being that Birdy knows nothing about wine or being a sommelier.

While Birdy and Heather left me wanting in terms of primary characters, I did truly enjoy the staff of the Loch Dorn hotel. Birdy and Heather are opposites, but they’ve been best friends since childhood. They’re very different, but they have one thing in common, both are searching for love and a sense of belonging to a community. James, Irene, Anis and Roxy round out the staff of the Loch Dorn, and each are grounded, interesting characters.

I enjoyed this fun and frothy read, but I didn’t love it. Birdy’s mishaps provide plenty of humor. The plot premise is fun, the pace and character growth is good, but in terms of journey fulfillment, it is soft.

About the Author: Lizzy Dent (miss)spent her early twenties working in Scotland in hospitality, in a hotel not unlike the one in this novel. She somehow ended up in a glamourous job travelling the world creating content for various TV companies, including MTV, Channel 4, Cartoon Network, the BBC and ITV. But she always knew that writing was the thing she wanted to do, if only she could find the confidence. After publishing three young adult novels, she decided to write a novel that reflected the real women she knew, who don’t always know where they’re going in life, but who always have fun doing it. The Summer Job is that novel.

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