Well Birdy Finch didn’t just imagine it. She did it. Which might have 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 wonderful book transported me to my beloved Scottish Highlands, one of my favourite holiday destinations and I could not have been happier. It encompasses everything I love in a story including fabulous characters, humour, romance, a fantastic setting and glorious culinary delights. All of this combined to create an engrossing book which once you start it you will not be able to put it down.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style which is engaging and humorous. The story is beautifully constructed and the deeper we get into it the more interesting it becomes. The whole story is based on a lie, a lie which although initially with good intentions snowballed out of control. Birdy becomes so deeply embroiled in this deception you are on edge for most of the story wondering when she will get caught and concerned also about how on earth it is all going to unravel. The premise of the story is a little far fetched, I can’t see anyone actually getting away with such duplicity, but it works as a story and I found it highly entertaining.
The descriptions of the landscape are beautiful and vivid and as I have visited many of these places in Scotland I can concur are accurate too. The depth of information conveyed surrounding the hospitality industry is really interesting and certainly piqued my interest and I loved the descriptions of plant foraging, the food, the cooking and the wine talk. I even learnt why the Isle of Skye was so named.
The characters are all interesting and loveable, even the imperfect ones. Birdy was definitely my favourite with her bright and colourful personality. There are many layers to her personality and you can’t help but love her sarcasm, innuendos and quick wit. She’s lively, fun and hilariously funny and I laughed out loud with some of her antics. In particular the foraging scene where she hurts her ankle and reveals her ‘hobbit foot’, the champagne cork episode was also equally as funny. Despite this lively and outgoing side she has had a difficult childhood and there are issues she’s trying to come to terms with from the past. James, the handsome chef, is the love interest and what an adorable character. He’s warm and sensitive, I loved his passion for food and that he made Birdy feel special and wanted.
The Summer job is an easy and wholesome romcom, with some weightier issues addressed. It is a quick read, with an engaging and humorous storyline but without being too light and fluffy and the perfect holiday read. It made me crave a trip to the Scottish Highlands as soon as possible. Although I enjoyed the epilogue I would love to see a sequel to this book, preferably set in Scotland again!
Publisher: Penguin General UK – Viking
Publication Date (UK): 15 April 2021
Page Count: 314
Genre: Romance/Romantic Comedy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy/eARC of this book to review.
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