Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend’s very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life.
What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer…
Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actually done it. And the life she’s run into is her best friend Heather’s. The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather.
The summer job at the highland Scottish hotel that her world class wine-expert friend ditched turns out to be a lot more than Birdy bargained for. Can she survive a summer pretending to be her best friend? And can Birdy stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked, but who thinks she’s someone else?
One good friend’s very bad decision is at the heart of this laugh-out-loud love story and unexpected tale of a woman finally finding herself in the strangest of places.
Ahhhh, Millennials. Gotta’ love ’em. No job? No prospects? No place to live? No idea what to do with your life when you’re 31? No worries. There’s a simple solution–impersonate your BFF at a summer job that she’s blown off to vacation with a cokehead shoe designer who’s cheating on his girlfriend. What’s a little identity theft between besties?
Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. Except that debut author Lizzy Dent did make it up in her delightful novel The Summer Job, which not only releases inside three continents (AU, UK, USA) but also scored a TV deal with NBC.
Story protagonist Elizabeth (Birdy) finds herself in a huge bind when her best friend and roommate, Heather, decides to take off for the summer with another disastrous boyfriend–in a string of disastrous boyfriends–and sublet their apartment. That decision leaves Birdy homeless. To this reviewer, that key point gives Birdy somewhat of a pass for what she does next. She has no where to live, she’s unemployed, and her best friend has glibly blown off an opportunity most people would grab in a heartbeat–in Scotland, no less! Can you say, Outlander? Sam Heughen?
I can’t reveal spoilers, but I’m sure you can guess that this romantic comedy has an ultimately satisfying conclusion after lots of hijinks and near misses at an exclusive hotel with a talented but eccentric chef and his staff. I loved the food and wine references along the way.
Many thanks to NetGalley and The Penguin Group for offering an ARC to read and review and best of luck to Lizzy Dent.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4000906832
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593328116/