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The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

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RELEASE DATE:  13 April 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia


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 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)?



Thank you so much to Penguin Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Birdy feels as though she hasn’t done much with her life, random jobs she didn’t stick at, a sort of boyfriend who’s pretty useless and nowhere to stay when her best friend Heather announces she’s going to Italy for the summer.  Heather, by contrast, does have it together – at least when it comes to a career – she’s a renowned wine expert, a sommelier.  Birdy is suprised to learn that not only is Heather going to Italy with a guy Birdy is sure will break her heart, she’s running out on a commitment she made take a job as a Sommelier at a hotel in Scotland.   When Birdy decides to take the job and pretend to be Heather, without telling her, she is under the impression the hotel is a small, run down affair that she’ll be able to bluff her way through on no knowledge of wine.  Unfortunately, when she gets there, the place has had a huge overhaul and is now a swanky hotel with a huge wine list and even bigger expectations.

The Summer Job was a fun read that had me covering my eyes in embarrassment and awkwardness for the MC on multiple occasions 😄   I did find it a bit hard to get in to for a while, it seemed a bit too long and wordy for a book I thought was going to be a light rom-com.  A lot of the wine talk went over my head just as much as it did for Birdy 😄 I like drinking wine, but I don’t care about it aside from ‘this tastes alright’.  I didn’t even know a Sommelier was a real thing until this book.   I quite like ‘snowballing lies’ type stories so I really enjoyed that aspect of The Summer Job, but I had really hoped for just a bit more humour.  I liked that there were some heavier topics explored, like alcoholism and childhood neglect, it rounded the story out from being a purely fluffy contemporary, but mostly it felt like the underlying feel of this story was ‘stressed’ instead of ‘cringeworthy funny’, even for the reader.   A few more laugh out loud scenes and a bit of a shorter book would have made this one up to a 4 star for me.


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