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Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend's very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life. What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer... Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actuall Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend's very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life. What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer... 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.


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Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend's very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life. What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer... Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actuall Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend's very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life. What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer... 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.

30 review for The Summer Job

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    ‘Heather’ who is really Elizabeth Finch, aka Birdy, stands in for best friend sommelier Heather while she finds ‘ true love’ in Italy. I mean, how hard can it be???!!! Birdy expects to finds a run down no hopes of a hotel in Scotland where she can easily blag her way through but instead finds a swanky two star Michelin turreted dream. Help!!! The premise is crazy, right??? Birdy takes a crash course in wine and blunders around and you can’t help but love her! She has her issues growing up so the ‘Heather’ who is really Elizabeth Finch, aka Birdy, stands in for best friend sommelier Heather while she finds ‘ true love’ in Italy. I mean, how hard can it be???!!! Birdy expects to finds a run down no hopes of a hotel in Scotland where she can easily blag her way through but instead finds a swanky two star Michelin turreted dream. Help!!! The premise is crazy, right??? Birdy takes a crash course in wine and blunders around and you can’t help but love her! She has her issues growing up so there’s much more to her character than meets the eye. There are some fantastic characters in this entertaining and easy read such as easy on the eye chef James and his mother Irene and there’s a couple to loathe in odious Tim, Birdy’s ex who irritates and annoys the life out of me. The Scottish setting is gorgeous and makes a wonderful picture in my minds eye. There are some lovely descriptions to match the landscape. The storytelling has some good elements to it, it’s funny at times with some witty banter and it’s poignant at others. As it progresses it is clear it’s a search for belonging, to find a place and people to whom you belong and just be you. I love the ending which is really feel good. Overall, it’s the character of Birdy that elevates this read. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s a blagger, she’s a very hard worker and she cares! James isn’t half bad either!!! An enjoyable book. 3.5 rounded up. With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House/Viking for the arc for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review also posted on the Blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Impersonating your best friend and pretending to be a World-Class Sommelier at a Scottish Hotel? Sounds easy enough, right? Baawwahh! Birdy Finch’s life is kind of a disaster, thus when an opportunity arises for her to go to Scotland in her best friend Heather’s place and pretend to be a Sommelier for the summer, Birdy takes it. So what if she knows absolutely nothing about wine. Once Birdy arrives at the Hotel, she realizes t Review also posted on the Blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Impersonating your best friend and pretending to be a World-Class Sommelier at a Scottish Hotel? Sounds easy enough, right? Baawwahh! Birdy Finch’s life is kind of a disaster, thus when an opportunity arises for her to go to Scotland in her best friend Heather’s place and pretend to be a Sommelier for the summer, Birdy takes it. So what if she knows absolutely nothing about wine. Once Birdy arrives at the Hotel, she realizes the job is going to be a lot more difficult than she realized and so it begins. The hardest part? Studying and memorizing the wine list and googling food pairings for over 140 wines. Oh, and opening a Champagne bottle. Who knew it was so hard? Good thing the only eye she poked out was her own! Birdy’s, (oh I mean “Heather’s”) winning personality saves the day a million times over and helps her win the heart of James, the gorgeous chef at the hotel. Sweet, funny, and oh so endearing, “The Summer Job” by Lizzy Dent won me over from the get-go and I have a feeling it will do the same for you. This is the Perfect Summer Read! Thank you to Penguin Group Putnam - G.P. Putnam’s Sons & NetGalley for the arc. Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I absolutely loved this one. Birdy is around thirty years old, and she is floundering. Being the daughter of an alcoholic father and mother who did everything she could to pretend everything was fine, Birdy has emerged into adulthood with no support system, except for her accomplished sommelier of a best friend, Heather. While Heather has known and worked toward her professional dreams for years, Birdy has spent years cycling through dead-end jobs, simply surviving life--but doing so hilariously I absolutely loved this one. Birdy is around thirty years old, and she is floundering. Being the daughter of an alcoholic father and mother who did everything she could to pretend everything was fine, Birdy has emerged into adulthood with no support system, except for her accomplished sommelier of a best friend, Heather. While Heather has known and worked toward her professional dreams for years, Birdy has spent years cycling through dead-end jobs, simply surviving life--but doing so hilariously. I found Birdy not only funny and charming but endlessly compelling. I probably would've read about her doing just about anything, but watching her pose as a sommelier in an idyllic Scottish setting, fall in love with a warm and handsome chef, and make friendships with the quirky cast of employees at the Loch Dorn hotel all added up to a perfect book for me. I have a huge reading hangover now, and want a half dozen novels just like this one to fill the void. Funny, sweet, romantic, heartwarming, and altogether lovely.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    The Summer Job at first glance is a frothy, fun read about a devil-may-care character that somehow finds herself taking on the job of a highly-trained sommelier in a case of false identity... But underneath the surface it’s so much more than that. Main character Birdy sort of flits through life. She doesn’t like commitment. Roots aren’t her thing. There’s nothing in life that truly makes her heart sing... but she has a best friend. A brilliant best friend named Heather. Heather is everything Birdy The Summer Job at first glance is a frothy, fun read about a devil-may-care character that somehow finds herself taking on the job of a highly-trained sommelier in a case of false identity... But underneath the surface it’s so much more than that. Main character Birdy sort of flits through life. She doesn’t like commitment. Roots aren’t her thing. There’s nothing in life that truly makes her heart sing... but she has a best friend. A brilliant best friend named Heather. Heather is everything Birdy isn’t. She’s dedicated, more focused, and is passionate about wine. So much so that she has become an expert sommelier. Heather had a new job lined up in Scotland but at the last minute decided to back out of it and take off for the summer to continental Europe with her boyfriend. Meanwhile Birdy is jobless. And soon to me homeless... and gets the wild notion to travel to Scotland and pretend to be Heather... And hi-jinx ensue! The Summer Job is a highly entertaining read. There’s a great cast of supporting characters that each impart their own little sparkle to the novel and help to make the book come alive. And it’s very funny! Lots of wonderfully silly things happen within the environment of the hotel in Scotland that make this a perfect rainy day read. There’s also a lovely potential romance running the storyline which really made me feel all the feels. But the star of the show in every way is Birdy. On the surface she’s almost a party girl type, but as the narrative unfolds we begin to see all the different layers to her character. And we begin to understand the thinking behind how such a likeable character could do something as reckless as impersonate their best friend and risk the credibility of their best friend’s professionalism. We also begin to understand why Birdy has such a commitment phobic view of love and relationships, and how she could ever have been in a relationship with as heinous a character as Tim; HATED his character so much!!! Because this book has some deeper themes running though it. The story features an alcoholic character from Birdy’s past and also an alcoholic character from her present. We also uncover the mental abuse (and endangerment) that she was subjected to as a child and it helps to give this story an unexpected gravitas. I very much enjoyed how the book wove the almost ridiculous with the incredibly serious. It’s a tricky thing to balance the light and airy with the perfect amount of dark in what is essentially a lighthearted, easy read, yet this book pulls it off with aplomb. A fun read with just the right amount of grittiness to prevent it from beer becoming too saccharine. 3.5 stars Content warning: alcoholism, adults dealing with memories of childhood abandonment and wilful neglect, parent gaslighting a child *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions* Publishing 15th April 2021, Viking For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog Follow me on Twitter Friend me on Goodreads

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    3.5☆ A Witty Read, with a sprinkling of Romance! The Summer Job is a feel-good, light hearted, at times Poignant and fun read. Birdy is fed up with her life, with no job and no potential abode, so when she finds herself accidentally in Scotland pretending to be her best friend and working as their new sommelier in which she has absolutely no clue about! Not only is she way out of her comfort zone. It might actually turn out to be the best thing she's ever done! As long as she can fake it long eno 3.5☆ A Witty Read, with a sprinkling of Romance! The Summer Job is a feel-good, light hearted, at times Poignant and fun read. Birdy is fed up with her life, with no job and no potential abode, so when she finds herself accidentally in Scotland pretending to be her best friend and working as their new sommelier in which she has absolutely no clue about! Not only is she way out of her comfort zone. It might actually turn out to be the best thing she's ever done! As long as she can fake it long enough to make it work! The Summer Job was a fairly quick, Poignant and witty read, with a sprinkling of romance, some mishaps and drama, and some laugh out loud moments. Overall an enjoyable and entertaining read. Thank you to Penguin Viking Publishing for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Summer Job is the first novel by Australian-born author, Lizzy Dent. Elizabeth Finch (Birdy to her close friends) is, without any knowledge at all of wine, posing as a sommelier for the summer in a newly-renovated exclusive boutique hotel in western Scotland. It was actually her best friend, Heather Jones’s job; it was meant to be a run-down family hotel with a tiny wine-list in a seldom-visited backwater; and it was supposed to have been cancelled. But here she is. And after a shaky start, d The Summer Job is the first novel by Australian-born author, Lizzy Dent. Elizabeth Finch (Birdy to her close friends) is, without any knowledge at all of wine, posing as a sommelier for the summer in a newly-renovated exclusive boutique hotel in western Scotland. It was actually her best friend, Heather Jones’s job; it was meant to be a run-down family hotel with a tiny wine-list in a seldom-visited backwater; and it was supposed to have been cancelled. But here she is. And after a shaky start, during which she makes numerous faux pas, Birdy, er, Heather is now getting a handle on the whole thing. She’s pretty well memorised the Wine List and, with the help of a very cluey apprentice wine waitress, managing to pair with the weird and wonderful dishes the Michelin-starred chef/supermodel foists on his sous-chef. And Birdy can’t walk out if the going gets tough: she has to make it work, or it will blow back and ruin her best friend’s reputation. And kill their friendship. Tiny complications: the Loch Dorn Estate’s bar manager, Bill, seems to have a drinking problem; Birdy still hasn’t confessed to Heather what she’s doing; she is constantly terrified that a customer will call her bluff and expose her for the fraud she is; the dreaded restaurant reviewer is due for a visit; and, Birdy is seriously crushing on the sous-chef, James, a genuinely wonderful person to whom none of her boyfriends could ever compare; so, nothing too serious. Before Dent gives the reader a satisfying, if not entirely unpredictable, resolution, there are event successes and disasters, a sweet romance not assisted by the surprise appearance by an obnoxious ex, newly family connections and, of course, a dramatic exposé of true identities. With a gorgeous setting, a cast of both appealing and annoying characters, a good helping of humour and plenty of witty dialogue, this is a very entertaining read. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Penguin UK

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•

    This is a story based on a lie but filled with good intentions. This meant that more layers of lies had to be laid down to cover the big one and before too long Birdy finds herself immersed in an alternative reality. Birdy is feeling a bit down and out. Her best friend, Heather, is following her heart to Italy to chase a guy who could be ‘the one.’ She currently has no fixed abode or a job and she has no idea what to do, moving home is her last resort. When she attends a wine awards event, in pla This is a story based on a lie but filled with good intentions. This meant that more layers of lies had to be laid down to cover the big one and before too long Birdy finds herself immersed in an alternative reality. Birdy is feeling a bit down and out. Her best friend, Heather, is following her heart to Italy to chase a guy who could be ‘the one.’ She currently has no fixed abode or a job and she has no idea what to do, moving home is her last resort. When she attends a wine awards event, in place of Heather she soon finds herself down a rabbit warren of lies. This is how Birdy ends up arriving at Loch Dorn estate as their new Sommelier. Accommodation and food is included so it’s a win win really - a great way to spend summer. Only catch is she knows nothing about wine, they think her name is Heather and the job is way bigger than she expected it would be. She really is in some deep shit. Somehow she manages to fumble her way through the first few weeks with some minor hiccups and tries to educate herself about wine whenever she finds a spare moment. She has enough confidence and self belief to convincingly pull off her charade. She also enjoys making new friendships with her colleagues and in particular, James. James is the chef who is truly adorable. Birdy is definitely crushing on him and he is showing signs of feeling the same way. James is the sweetest guy and makes her feel special. He is thoughtful, kind and patient. Birdy could see herself falling for him but is also mindful that she is only there for a small time and the fact that he thinks she’s someone she isn’t. Along the way Birdy realises that what she really wants is a simpler life with genuine people, even if it is not a life she could have imagined before this. The risk of being caught was constantly on Birdy’s mind and mine through the entire story so I was on edge worrying when/if it would happen :) This is a fun, summer read. Plenty of laugh out loud moments and plenty of anxiety ridden ones too. The secondary characters definitely added to the overall story and I loved the background setting of Scotland.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Resh (The Book Satchel)

    Birdy Finch (Elizabeth) has a family but not an inheritance, and nor a steady job. Her friend, Heather, a trained sommelier, seems to have everything she doesn't have. She occasionally poses as Heather to paries or concerts that Heather can't attend. But when Heather decides to not take up a job in Scotland and instead go to Europe with her boyfriend, Birdy decides to be Heather and live her life. She know nothing about wines, she has a lot of responsibilities and she also seems to be falling fo Birdy Finch (Elizabeth) has a family but not an inheritance, and nor a steady job. Her friend, Heather, a trained sommelier, seems to have everything she doesn't have. She occasionally poses as Heather to paries or concerts that Heather can't attend. But when Heather decides to not take up a job in Scotland and instead go to Europe with her boyfriend, Birdy decides to be Heather and live her life. She know nothing about wines, she has a lot of responsibilities and she also seems to be falling for a handsome man who know her as — well — Heather! What I enjoyed : The food scenes! Lots of cooking, setting up tables, wine talk, memorising wines. Quite a lovely vacation read because the laid back life made me crave a holiday trip and some reading on sunny days. The book also deals with heavier topics of alcoholism and neglect. What I didn't enjoy: This is marketed as the next The Flatshare — don't think so. It isn't as funny or lively but it does tell a good story. Readers should go into the book expecting a good story, and not with a bias that it will be like The Flatshare.I also wish this was edited to a shorter length — which definitely would've made it a crisper read — because some scenes did not contribute to the plot or character development Much thanks to Penguin (Viking) for an e-copy. All opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ella Marckus

    The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent is not a typical rom-com and is a highly entertaining read. It was a very easy, fast read which had very likable, personable characters This story follows Elizabeth Finch known as Birdy a likable, flawed, protagonist, that somehow found herself taking on the job of a highly-trained wine sommelier in a false identity in Scotland, instead of her best friend, Heather. Birdy is a slightly witty, charming, and chaotic character with a ticking-bomb secret that was certainly g The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent is not a typical rom-com and is a highly entertaining read. It was a very easy, fast read which had very likable, personable characters This story follows Elizabeth Finch known as Birdy a likable, flawed, protagonist, that somehow found herself taking on the job of a highly-trained wine sommelier in a false identity in Scotland, instead of her best friend, Heather. Birdy is a slightly witty, charming, and chaotic character with a ticking-bomb secret that was certainly going to have to blow at some point, in a spectacularly satisfying way. Lying was a big theme in this book where birdy's decisions were spiraling out of control. The Scottish Highlands and Islands were sat in a gorgeously picturesque setting by the author Lizzy Dent, she pulled it off with perfectionism aplomb. So vivid that I could imagine the gorgeous Loch Doon hotel, and the stark beauty of every landscape that was visited. I liked the interesting and contrasting personalities between the outwardly chatty, birdy, and the solitary, fiercely caring James. Which resulted in romantic complications that were almost too difficult to get out of with every passing time. I did feel the romance happened way too quickly for Birdy with James, though. This book was the perfect read for spring and summer. It dealt with adult struggles and difficult memories from the past that got me to a better understanding of the characteristic of Birdy and why she was the way she was. This wonderful read transported me to the gorgeous highlands of Scotland. And I think every reader would love a trip to Scotland nowadays, even in our imaginations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nora ElHariri

    A witty, relatable romance about an everyday woman who is trying to find her footing in life. Birdy's life is kind of at a standstill. She doesn't have a job or a proper partner, and her bestfriend Heather who was supposed to move to Scotland to start a new job as Sommelier, heads to Italy instead to explore an obviously failing relationship. Birdy has one job; pretend to be Heather and call the run-down Hotel where she was supposed to work for the summer and make up an excuse to get her out o A witty, relatable romance about an everyday woman who is trying to find her footing in life. Birdy's life is kind of at a standstill. She doesn't have a job or a proper partner, and her bestfriend Heather who was supposed to move to Scotland to start a new job as Sommelier, heads to Italy instead to explore an obviously failing relationship. Birdy has one job; pretend to be Heather and call the run-down Hotel where she was supposed to work for the summer and make up an excuse to get her out of it. But with no where to stay, Birdy decides to go to the hotel and play Heather's role as Sommelier. How hard can that be? She has waitressing experience and Heather would never need to know if Birdy does a good enough job. But getting to the hotel, Birdy realizes that it's a newly renovated, fancy hotel, rather than the rundown disaster Heather thought it was. Complete with a Michelin star Chef and gourmet dining, Birdy's role as Sommelier is so much harder than she had anticipated. To make things worse, Birdy starts liking the staff, who are counting on her to do a good job to lift up the standard and revenue of the hotel. Especially sweet, handsome James, who she cannot help being attracted to, and not just because of the delicious food he is constantly cooking. The Summer Job will make you cringe at every one of Birdy's attempts at self-sabotage, and hope that she will do the right thing in the end, whatever that may be. Thank you Netgalley and Penguin UK for this ARC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    The Summer Job delivered on some of the aspects I adore in books – a Scottish setting, great characters and couple chemistry, all with the added extra of wine. The main character, Birdy (Elizabeth) was something of a mess, but she was an endearing mess that you couldn’t help but like. The story was wrapped around the concept of lies and those lies getting deeper and complex, until it’s too much. That complexity was wonderfully offset by Birdy’s bright and hopeful nature, James the chef and a cast The Summer Job delivered on some of the aspects I adore in books – a Scottish setting, great characters and couple chemistry, all with the added extra of wine. The main character, Birdy (Elizabeth) was something of a mess, but she was an endearing mess that you couldn’t help but like. The story was wrapped around the concept of lies and those lies getting deeper and complex, until it’s too much. That complexity was wonderfully offset by Birdy’s bright and hopeful nature, James the chef and a cast of characters in the gorgeous Loch Doon hotel. Thank you to Viking Books for the early review copy and full review to come for the blog.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Birdy’ or real name Elizabeth Finch is at the crossroads of her life. She has never held a job for long and the rest of her life is in utter chaos. The only things positive is being friends with her best friend Heather who has it all. She has loving parent an inheritance and she is a trained Sommelier. So, when Heather asks her to ring up a hotel where is working over the summer to tell her she is not coming. As Heather decides to go to Italy with her boyfriend. Birdy decides to take the job in Birdy’ or real name Elizabeth Finch is at the crossroads of her life. She has never held a job for long and the rest of her life is in utter chaos. The only things positive is being friends with her best friend Heather who has it all. She has loving parent an inheritance and she is a trained Sommelier. So, when Heather asks her to ring up a hotel where is working over the summer to tell her she is not coming. As Heather decides to go to Italy with her boyfriend. Birdy decides to take the job in her place and pretend to be Heather even though she doesn’t know the difference from a Pinot grigio to a Merlot. The job is only supposed to be in a small-town hotel in Scotland. But when she gets there the hotel is different as can be. The good side is there is a dashing good looking chef that can help her on her way. The Summer job is an emotional, but fun read that I really enjoyed and will be great in summertime when you are relaxing in the sun or just want to escape. It had an engaging storyline and characters, especially Birdy when she first started working as Sommelier and her reaction to the customers and how she juggled her day trying to learn the different wines and her relationship with Heather. It was quite funny. The descriptions of Loch Dorn in Scotland sounded beautiful and motivated me to see if there was a place but its fictional. This is a great read who wants a bit of a laugh and a good romance too. 5 stars from me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This seemed like a light, fuffy read, but it became à gradually heavier and more poignant as it went on. I have to say, the lighter part at the start didn't particularly work for me, I was too anxious about all of the lies Birdy was telling and the pickle she'd got herself into as she told lie after lie. I think it was intended to be witty and funny it it made me feel on edge and uncomfortable and felt far fetched, but I pressed on and I warmed to Birdy as she dialled down the crazy and knuckled This seemed like a light, fuffy read, but it became à gradually heavier and more poignant as it went on. I have to say, the lighter part at the start didn't particularly work for me, I was too anxious about all of the lies Birdy was telling and the pickle she'd got herself into as she told lie after lie. I think it was intended to be witty and funny it it made me feel on edge and uncomfortable and felt far fetched, but I pressed on and I warmed to Birdy as she dialled down the crazy and knuckled down to succeeding in her job and understanding herself a bit better. The Scottish hotel setting and the foodie stuff was vivid and great escapism but the romance did nothing for me, I didn't get any feels from them. I was more invested in seeing Birdy mature and find her niche so I was a bit disappointed by the end that felt quite abrupt and not especially satisfying for me. This would probably suit if you were looking for a beach read but I didn't love it I'm afraid. Thanks to the publisher via netgalley for my arc.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anika | Chapters of May

    Elizabeth "Birdy" Finch takes a summer job at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend, Heather. But Heather is an up-and-coming sommelier while Birdy can barely tell the difference between a Merlot and a Cabernet. Still, she gives it a go. But as she keep up the pretence, she finds herself falling for James, a chef at the hotel, and falling further from the truth. This book is a fun one, as a case of mistaken identity usually always is. I knew from the premise alone that it would Elizabeth "Birdy" Finch takes a summer job at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend, Heather. But Heather is an up-and-coming sommelier while Birdy can barely tell the difference between a Merlot and a Cabernet. Still, she gives it a go. But as she keep up the pretence, she finds herself falling for James, a chef at the hotel, and falling further from the truth. This book is a fun one, as a case of mistaken identity usually always is. I knew from the premise alone that it would be the kind of rom-com that's ideal for the summertime. And after reading, I'm sure this is also the kind of book that would be just as fun on the screen. The story starts straight away, no page is wasted as Birdy arrives at the hotel and is thrown into the chaos of a chef's kitchen. The Summer Job has a nice depth that grounds its fluffier parts. Birdy is a relatable and likeable character, so it’s very easy to connect with her and her challenges. Her friendship with Heather is also really uplifting, and balances really well with the darker layers of Birdy’s past. However, I did struggle with the pace and repetitiveness. Especially in the lighter, more comedic, parts of the book. I found myself constantly cringing at the way Birdy handled a lot of situations. Some parts felt awkward rather than suspenseful. Sadly, this meant I wanted to skip whole paragraphs to avoid reading. Similarly, I didn't sense chemistry between Birdy and James, so love romantic narrative fell quite flat. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't swoon-worthy. It’s easy to invest in Birdy, but not so much her love story. Still, The Summer Job a fun dive into the chaotic world of hospitality, and a funny fictional distraction. With an amusing plot, likable characters and an idyllic setting, it would make the perfect poolside read. For more book reviews and posts, check out my blog or follow along on Instagram 📚✨

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed: October 22, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the aut Date reviewed: October 22, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Have you ever imagined running away from your life? Well, Birdy Finch didn't just imagine it. She did it. Which might've been an error. And the life she's run into? Her best friend, Heather's. The only problem is, she hasn't told Heather. Actually, there are a few other problems... Can Birdy carry off spending the summer at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world-class wine expert)? And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she's ever actually liked (but who thinks she's someone else)? This is a hilarious book that once you think that you have figured out the storyline of, it changes. It is a sweet romance/Chicklit book that is utterly readable and enjoyable but never gets treacly. Take this book to the shore or the pool to read - just wear lots of SPF 1000 sunscreen as those woke members of the Royal Family are burning up the ozone layer with their private jets (eye roll) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma Nelson

    The summer job is a lighthearted tale. Birdy masquerades as her friend Heather and replaces Heather in a summer position at a revamped Scottish hotel. The only problem is Heather is a well-renowned wine connoisseur and Birdy knows nothing about wine. Dodging bullets left right and centre, Birdy avoids scrape after scrape and even manages to negotiate a summer romance. The Summer job had me laughing out loud at certain chapters and its perfect escapism.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellis

    When I read the blurb for this book and also saw that it was being compared to The Flat Share, one of my favourite books of 2019, I was completely on board. And I have to say, for me, The Summer Job was even better than The Flat Share. Birdy Finch is such a great character and I adored how much personality and authenticity (even though she spends most of the book telling far from the truth) oozed from her. She is easily one of my favourite female characters of late and I also found myself so inves When I read the blurb for this book and also saw that it was being compared to The Flat Share, one of my favourite books of 2019, I was completely on board. And I have to say, for me, The Summer Job was even better than The Flat Share. Birdy Finch is such a great character and I adored how much personality and authenticity (even though she spends most of the book telling far from the truth) oozed from her. She is easily one of my favourite female characters of late and I also found myself so invested in the lives of the accompanying characters. Each of them was so well constructed and you could definitely imagine yourself at Loch Dorn encountering all of the characters. I really loved the way that Lizzy Dent wrote this. Her writing style was right up my street. When you start reading this you assume that you know exactly how it will end and it does end in a similar fashion but with enough twists and differences to totally make up for that. The Summer Job was just such a great read. It was funny, romantic, emotional and perfect escapism. I definitely can't wait to read more from Lizzy Dent in the future. And if you enjoy reading the likes of Beth O' Leary and Lindsey Kelk, etc., you should seriously pick up The Summer Job! Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Birdy’s best friend Heather has turned down a job as a sommelier in a Scottish hotel, for her true love in Italy. Birdy decides to pretend to be Heather and go to Scotland in her place, she knows very little about wine .. how hard can it be!!! The hotel which she expected to be run down, is a luxury 2 star Michelin paradise with a very extensive wine list. I found myself laughing out loud at Birdy’s antics as she tries to fool everyone that she is a sommelier. There are lighthearted moments but it Birdy’s best friend Heather has turned down a job as a sommelier in a Scottish hotel, for her true love in Italy. Birdy decides to pretend to be Heather and go to Scotland in her place, she knows very little about wine .. how hard can it be!!! The hotel which she expected to be run down, is a luxury 2 star Michelin paradise with a very extensive wine list. I found myself laughing out loud at Birdy’s antics as she tries to fool everyone that she is a sommelier. There are lighthearted moments but it also deals with friendship, love and trust in a beautifully written way. I would definitely recommend this book. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca | Velvet Opus

    Set in Scotland, The Summer Job revels in that space of awkward comedy - it's been compared to Fleabag and Bridesmaids - that at times made me laugh, and at others made me cringe. If you're interested in wine or what a Sommelier does, then this might be the contemporary rom-com you're looking for. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy! Release date Spring 2021, full review to come. Set in Scotland, The Summer Job revels in that space of awkward comedy - it's been compared to Fleabag and Bridesmaids - that at times made me laugh, and at others made me cringe. If you're interested in wine or what a Sommelier does, then this might be the contemporary rom-com you're looking for. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy! Release date Spring 2021, full review to come.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    I was so excited to have the opportunity to review an advanced copy of The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent. This book was as fun and bubbly as Champagne with the depth of a fancy red wine that your parents have on special occasions. This cover really sums up the book beautifully! Let me back up and give some background. Birdy is living in London trying to figure out she's doing with her life and facing the prospect of having to move back home with her parents or trying to stay with a cousin who hates h I was so excited to have the opportunity to review an advanced copy of The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent. This book was as fun and bubbly as Champagne with the depth of a fancy red wine that your parents have on special occasions. This cover really sums up the book beautifully! Let me back up and give some background. Birdy is living in London trying to figure out she's doing with her life and facing the prospect of having to move back home with her parents or trying to stay with a cousin who hates her because she can't afford London living. When her best friend since childhood, Heather, decides to blow off a summer job to follow love to Italy. Heather hates disappointing people and asks Birdy to cancel the job for her. Instead of canceling Birdy does what every woman who has watched a romcom would do and decides to become Heather for the summer and take this job in Scotland. There's just one problem with this plan; Heather is a trained sommelier and Birdy doesn't even like wine. I loved seeing Birdy find herself in Scotland and figure out how to do this job. As one would hope, there was a wonderful love interest. I really enjoyed seeing Birdy work through her own issues and self doubts with the help of her hotel family. There was even a tiny bit of mystery at the end which I always love. Dent is a really funny writer and gave a special voice to Birdy. She feels relatable and hair-brained in the most fun way. TL;DR: This book is great definitely buy when you want something GOOD to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine (Padfoot's Library)

    This was such a fun read! It follows Birdy who impersonates her friend, Heather, as a sommelier in Scotland one summer. It seems like a simple and easy attempt to have somewhere to stay and make some money. Of course, she does all of this without Heather actually knowing and when she gets to the hotel, it's a lot more high stakes as the hotel/restaurant is in a stage of rebuilding. Too late to back out, she spends her days studying all the wines trying to be the best Heather she can, getting clo This was such a fun read! It follows Birdy who impersonates her friend, Heather, as a sommelier in Scotland one summer. It seems like a simple and easy attempt to have somewhere to stay and make some money. Of course, she does all of this without Heather actually knowing and when she gets to the hotel, it's a lot more high stakes as the hotel/restaurant is in a stage of rebuilding. Too late to back out, she spends her days studying all the wines trying to be the best Heather she can, getting closer with the people around her like Roxy, Bill, Irene, Anis, and of course, the very sweet chef, James, and all the while, finding a place where she feels like she belongs. But secrets and mistaken identities don't always go over too great. For the most part, I really enjoyed this. Birdy was truly a breath of fresh air, and I loved her dynamics with other characters. Dent's description made me really feel like I was at Loch Dorn and all the descriptions of the food and wine = 😍😍. My only critique is that the ending felt quite rushed even though it does technically span a few months. I would've liked to see more essentially! All in all, this was a fun debut read by Lizzy Dent. I think romcom lovers will really enjoy this one. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for consideration and review from PRHC. All opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    What if you had to pretend to be your best friend so she can run away and be with her boyfriend for the summer? Sounds like a pretty easy task, right? What if you also had to pretend to be a world-class sommelier in order to take the fancy-smancy job at a Hotel in Scotland? Now, this is where things get a little harder. Or do they get even better? However Birdy Finch had no choice but to impersonate her best friend because she’s the greatest friend ever, but the almost flawless plan doesn’t seem s What if you had to pretend to be your best friend so she can run away and be with her boyfriend for the summer? Sounds like a pretty easy task, right? What if you also had to pretend to be a world-class sommelier in order to take the fancy-smancy job at a Hotel in Scotland? Now, this is where things get a little harder. Or do they get even better? However Birdy Finch had no choice but to impersonate her best friend because she’s the greatest friend ever, but the almost flawless plan doesn’t seem so easy anymore when Birdy realises that she has to know her wine. Like for real. Birdy is such a great character with an A class personality— she’s funny, and blunt and reminds me so much of one of my own friends when it comes to decision making— after all, they say “Great minds, drink alike”. I had requested the audiobook of this book, and I am so glad I did. The narrator, Emma Sidi, did such an amazing job narrating this book. She would change the pitch of her voice and even her accent according to which character was speaking. At this point you don’t even need a cast of characters— just call . It almost makes you feel like you’re listening to a close friend telling you about their crazy adventure— and I hung onto every single word. Birdy would probably say “Sip happens” (I had to add another wine pun) “The Summer Job” by Lizzy Dent will definitely be a solid recommendation from me for those looking for a the perfect summer read— you know those books that included in “summer reading list” that recommend you books to read during a day out at the beach, or picnic at the park— this is definitely one of them. 3 stars Thank you to Penguin Group Putnam - G.P. Putnam’s Sons & NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Farah

    Disclaimer - I received a free digital download of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved reading the Summer Job by Lizzy Dent. Elizabeth ‘Birdy’ Finch was such a wonderfully built and dynamic character who you couldn’t help empathising with. I found that the story progressed and was written so well that my anxieties grew alongside Birdy’s. I always appreciate a book that has the ability to make you feel the emotional adventure of its characters and this boo Disclaimer - I received a free digital download of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved reading the Summer Job by Lizzy Dent. Elizabeth ‘Birdy’ Finch was such a wonderfully built and dynamic character who you couldn’t help empathising with. I found that the story progressed and was written so well that my anxieties grew alongside Birdy’s. I always appreciate a book that has the ability to make you feel the emotional adventure of its characters and this book certainly did that. I found the level of information in the book astounding. Having never drank wine of any sort and all of a sudden getting a look into the life of a sommelier and the differences in wine selections had my interest piqued. I enjoyed the story as much as I enjoyed learning about wine. Not to mention the witty narrative that was Birdy. A tale of two best friends who make it through life’s struggles dependent solely on each other. I wonderful pick me up read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela O'Hara

    Witty and yet uncomfortable, I binge read this book in two sittings. Reading Buddy's lies and deception made me squirm, but also laugh out loud at her social awkwardness, wrapped up in innuendos. Funny, romantic, yet sad and with a great setting. I would have been very happy to have been sat on a beach reading "The Summer Job" by Lizzy Dent. Witty and yet uncomfortable, I binge read this book in two sittings. Reading Buddy's lies and deception made me squirm, but also laugh out loud at her social awkwardness, wrapped up in innuendos. Funny, romantic, yet sad and with a great setting. I would have been very happy to have been sat on a beach reading "The Summer Job" by Lizzy Dent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Faichney

    Light-hearted and funny, Lizzy Dent's "The Summer Job" filled me with nostalgia for my own time in the hospitality industry. Elizabeth "Birdy" Finch is not your usual romcom heroine. Instead she carries real vulnerability owing to a troubled upbringing. Taking on the summer job frees her up to explore who she really is and where she belongs. Birdy's Scottish adventure is inspiring whilst oftentimes hilarious. Dent has given us a protagonist to really root for and Birdy is a breath of fresh air. Light-hearted and funny, Lizzy Dent's "The Summer Job" filled me with nostalgia for my own time in the hospitality industry. Elizabeth "Birdy" Finch is not your usual romcom heroine. Instead she carries real vulnerability owing to a troubled upbringing. Taking on the summer job frees her up to explore who she really is and where she belongs. Birdy's Scottish adventure is inspiring whilst oftentimes hilarious. Dent has given us a protagonist to really root for and Birdy is a breath of fresh air. Both Lizzy Dent's writing style and tone are instantly engaging and I look forward to hearing more from her. The premise is great and I found the book to be the perfect weekend binge-read. Thoroughly enjoyable. Also worth noting that I've struggled to concentrate on every book I've read for months - except this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This was amazing! A hot chef; a hilarious main character; and a ridiculously high-stakes situation that meant I had to read the whole thing in just over a day. Perfect escapism, and I can't wait for everyone else to read it too! This was amazing! A hot chef; a hilarious main character; and a ridiculously high-stakes situation that meant I had to read the whole thing in just over a day. Perfect escapism, and I can't wait for everyone else to read it too!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    4. 5 stars I'm making my first 2021 prediction, and that is that The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent will be the romance novel on everyone's bookshelf this year (I would say in everyone's beach bag but chances are, we're going nowhere). You will love this book if you enjoy fun and escapist reads; if you like fresh, witty writing supported by warm and heartfelt depth; if you long for realistic and relatable characters and romance plots that are believable; or if you are yearning to be swept away to a Scot 4. 5 stars I'm making my first 2021 prediction, and that is that The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent will be the romance novel on everyone's bookshelf this year (I would say in everyone's beach bag but chances are, we're going nowhere). You will love this book if you enjoy fun and escapist reads; if you like fresh, witty writing supported by warm and heartfelt depth; if you long for realistic and relatable characters and romance plots that are believable; or if you are yearning to be swept away to a Scottish hotel (because, again, it ain't happening in real life!). Here's the gist: Birdy Finch is that girl - the girl who got left behind, who feels she should be further along in her life but, for whatever reason, her professional and personal success has been stunted. Think Fleabag, Annie Walker in Bridesmaids or Erin Langford in Going the Distance (brilliant film - watch it). Birdy's best friend Heather is a world-class wine expert and when she turns down a job at a luxury Scottish hotel, Birdy secretly accepts the position in Heather's name and runs off to Scotland pretending to be a sommelier. There, she meets the first man she's actually ever properly liked but he thinks she's someone else. Drama! I truly loved this book. It is so readable, so relatable, so enjoyable and very, very sexy. The plot is quite unique and I loved that it's a story about those who feel left behind in life; real women who don't always know where they're going in life but are very much enjoying the ride. I really enjoyed the ballsy, sometimes filthy humour and how well the characters were evoked. And coming from someone who spent summers working in a popular luxury hotel, this story has a nostalgia to it it that is unique: the long shifts that stretch into the early mornings; spending all your tips in the bar after your shift; romances with co-workers... The Summer Job is brilliant. Stick it on your TBRs now - it's out in April.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ms C Bruen

    In the middle of a grey and seemingly neverending rainy October, this read was a pure spark of joy. Of course, the plot is simple and it's easy to see where it will go but that doesn't take away from the pleasure at all. Birdy's life is pretty much a car crash and she can't seem to get a lucky break until her best friend Heather asks her to turn down a job as a sommelier at a Scottish hotel that has a small section of wines and is a little run down. Birdy has every intention of doing that until In the middle of a grey and seemingly neverending rainy October, this read was a pure spark of joy. Of course, the plot is simple and it's easy to see where it will go but that doesn't take away from the pleasure at all. Birdy's life is pretty much a car crash and she can't seem to get a lucky break until her best friend Heather asks her to turn down a job as a sommelier at a Scottish hotel that has a small section of wines and is a little run down. Birdy has every intention of doing that until a drunken meeting with the manager at a ceremony for wine awards (Heather offered Birdy her invite, something they do a lot) leads her to the idea that as she's so good at being Heather why not go and take her job at the Hotel. Surely she can pretend to be a sommelier at such a simple, out of the way hotel. After all, with Heather heading to Italy for the summer and renting out their flat, Birdy has nowhere to stay. So, she does it. And then the problems start. The hotel is now in the hands of a Michelin star chef and the wine list has gone from a handful to over a hundred and Birdy is totally and utterly out of her depth. Let the ride begin. At times, Birdy is a bit difficult to feel sorry for her and verges on the unlikeable, but as the story goes on and she tries her best to learn all she needs to learn and keep the hotel going you see the strength of a woman who has been hiding from real life for so long and has her own problems that lead her to where she is now It's funny, it's bright, the descriptions of the area around the hotel and of Skye are just gorgeous and for a little while, I felt a tiny bit transported. If this is your sort of genre then this is as good an example as you'll get. I loved it. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm Blogger

    I would first like to thank Georgia Taylor from Viking (Penguin UK) for sending me an ARC of this fantastic book. This book was a breath of fresh air! After having read a few crime books I needed something to life my spirits and this book ticked all the boxes. I loved the characters, the plot and of course the romance. I have been to Scotland many times as I have a lot of family up there, last year we visited the Black Isles and it was beautiful. Lizzy Dent’s description of Skye is vivid, accurate I would first like to thank Georgia Taylor from Viking (Penguin UK) for sending me an ARC of this fantastic book. This book was a breath of fresh air! After having read a few crime books I needed something to life my spirits and this book ticked all the boxes. I loved the characters, the plot and of course the romance. I have been to Scotland many times as I have a lot of family up there, last year we visited the Black Isles and it was beautiful. Lizzy Dent’s description of Skye is vivid, accurate and beautiful, she’s made me want to go back up there and experience it all over again. From the moment Birdy walked into the restaurant I could see the romance that was going to unfold and I was rooting for it the whole time. I know for some the predictable romance can be too cliché but for me it doesn’t feel like a proper romance unless you have a boy meets girls vibe to it. I loved the relationship between James and Birdy, the chase and misunderstandings were entertaining and made their story all the more special. I loved the imperfections of the whole restaurant staff, they were like a bunch of Rowntree’s Randoms but as a team they were magic! Bill obviously had his issues but I love the fatherly role he played without Birdy even realising it. Anis and her sarcastic attitude along with the Irene, the mother hen of the group provided laughter and plenty of fun. I even liked Tim a little bit purely for the entertainment! Birdy was sarcastic, witty, imperfect and loveable. Her candid attitude is what got her through and I had great admiration for how she tackled the challenges the job represented. Her journey was the biggest of them all but I liked how she retained her personality and became more self assured and sensitive. This was a tale of identity, belonging and findings ones place. Something we can all relate to at one point or another. As an debut adult novel I think Lizzie Dent has knocked it out the park. I laughed out loud, had tears of joy and sadness but was left with a huge smile across my face.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent Birdy pretends to be her best friend Heather in order to take up a summer job at a luxury Scottish hotel but soon finds out she's bitten off a bit more than she can chew! I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down! It's witty and fresh, filled with fabulously drawn characters, and so entertaining that I didn't want it to end. The author manages to interweave some very serious subjects into the story, along with romance, humour and a really good plot. In fac The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent Birdy pretends to be her best friend Heather in order to take up a summer job at a luxury Scottish hotel but soon finds out she's bitten off a bit more than she can chew! I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down! It's witty and fresh, filled with fabulously drawn characters, and so entertaining that I didn't want it to end. The author manages to interweave some very serious subjects into the story, along with romance, humour and a really good plot. In fact the book is so vivid I could imagine it as a film. Very highly recommended! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

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