The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent #BookReview #Penguin #NetGalley #4.5*

‘SO much fun’ MARIAN KEYESauthor of GROWN UPS
‘Fresh and funny’ 
BETH O’LEARYauthor of THE FLATSHARE
‘Perfect sweet spot of funny and moving’ 
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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.



WANT TO ESCAPE REAL LIFE FOR A WHILE? RUN AWAY WITH BIRDY FINCH, A MESSY HEROINE WITH A HEART OF GOLD. THE SUMMER JOB IS THE HOTTEST DEBUT TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THIS YEAR.

Sharp & Funny!

A joyful read full of love, romance – and a great deal of fun!

Birdy Finch finds herself in a bit of an impossible situation; with no job and nowhere to live, her best friend Heather is heading out of the country for the summer leaving behind a temporary job in the Scottish Highlands. Something like that would tide Birdy over nicely and let her get her life in order – could she possibly take up the post in Heather’s place without anyone realising? Surely it can’t be that hard to pretend to be the world-class wine expert that is Heather? And can she keep it up even when she finds herself falling for an attractive Scotsman?

With several thrillers on my list this week, I was more than ready for something a bit lighter and The Summer Job fit the bill perfectly. Birdy is a wonderful character, and I admired her ability to think on her feet and carry out the deception which threw her in at the deep end of a job she knew little – if anything – about. I know I couldn’t have carried it off! This is sharp and funny with an undercurrent of love and romance as well as a serious side to the story. With a terrific cast of characters, there is plenty going on at all times and I lapped it up from beginning to end. The descriptions of my home country are really well done, and may do great things for tourism! Definitely an author to keep an eye on, and a novel I’m happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romantic comedy

Author Details

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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