The Summer Job – Lizzy Dent

Published by: Viking
Pages: 320
Date released: 15/04/2021
Date read: 23/04/2021

 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)?

This book is such a breath of fresh air. It’s really such a perfect read.

It follows Birdy, who decides to take on a job as a sommelier in a Scottish restaurant – a job meant for her best friend Heather. Oh, and she hasn’t told them she’s not Heather. She also hasn’t told Heather she’s there. Which means a lot of quick studying to learn everything a top sommelier needs to know about wine. And with a wine list of over 100 different wines, that’s a lot of studying.

Learning about and drinking wine in glorious Scotland, accompanied by the dashingly handsome chef James? What more could you want? Ah James…he may be fictional but I think I’m in love with him. And I already know I’m in love with Scotland. So basically, what I’m saying, is when they inevitably make the film version of this book, I will be the first to put my name in the ring to play Birdy.

Some might say it’s a classic rom-com book. Girl feels a bit lost, girl does something crazy, girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, something tests their new love, everyone lives happily ever after. And it is most definitely that. But it’s so gloriously written that it feels like such a unique story, one that no author could possibly write better about.

I bought this book last Thursday, started reading it about midday on the Friday, and had finished it by that evening. It’s such a warm book that it practically envelops you in a hug, hands you a wee dram of whiskey, and asks you to stay, make yourself at home.

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