Review: The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Challenge prompt: A book published in 2021


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 a 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)?

The Summer Job is a fresh, fun, feel-good romcom for fans of The Flatshare, Bridget Jones and Bridesmaids.

Image via Netgalley

What I liked:

I adored the setting of the book. It takes place among the Scottish highlands, somewhere I’m sure is on many a travel bucket list. It’s a fantastic setting for a book, and Birdy and James’ travels through the countryside is such escapist reading.

This seems at the start as a gentle and light contemporary, but there’s much more to the story. It deals with issues such as bereavement, parental abuse, and alcoholism, and all of these are dealt with tactfully – and really well.

Lizzy has a great writing style. I loved the humour in this book – it’s fantastically funny. The camraderie between Birdy and her colleagues is wonderfully written and so lovely to see, and you can feel the warmth from Bill and Irene shine from the page.

What I didn’t like:

I think the ending was a little rushed, and would liked to have seen that stretched out a little further.

There were a couple of instances where I needed to suspend belief a little more than others, but overall the book worked well.

Out of five:

Four. This book was a lot funnier and a lot deeper than I expected it to be.

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