Book Review: The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

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)?

Firstly I have to say that I adore the cover on this book! The bright colours are so fresh and eye catching, great design choice. Its so nice to see a book that isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd.

This was a fun, fast read. Birdy was an interesting character – in a lot of ways she shouldn’t have been very likeable at all. She lied, cheated, was unreliable and took no responsibility for anything (at least not at the start of the book) but she was a fierce supporter and defender of her best friend, warm and personable. Somehow it worked – even when her decisions spiralled out of control, somehow you always willed her to fix it and pull through.

This was one of those stories when at some points you wanted to bang your head on something or reach into the pages and ask the characters (OK Birdy, always Birdy) what on earth she though she was doing! At the same time, even though the situations she got herself into were plainly ridiculous you could actually see how she ended up there and couldn’t find a way out except to carry on through.

The descriptions of the Scottish countryside in this book are wonderful. The muddy walks, the vast loch, the sweeping countryside with the old manor house sitting proud in the middle of it. The depictions are so vivid that you could almost be standing there yourself.

A nice book to get lost in for a little while, I’d recommend for those looking for a bit of escapism.

With thanks to Penguin for sending me a copy in exchange for honest review.

The Summer Job is available 15 April 2021