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)?8
And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she's ever actually liked (but who thinks she's someone else)?
This definitely seems to be one of Bookstagram’s most talked about books at the moment, so I was really excited to read it! Sometimes all you need is an easy read that you can fly through and that gives you a few laughs.
The Summer Job is the light, fun and easy read that everyone should have on their shelves. The best way I can describe it is a mix between The Flatshare and Ghosts. It has the light heartedness and laugh out loud moments of both books but there are some deep messages within the story as well.
From the outset, The Summer Job sounds like it will be constant laughs at the expense of poor Birdy. Not only does she take a job that she is not qualified for, she is pretending to be someone else! What could go wrong?! But there is a lot more depth to the story. We quickly learn that many of the characters are dealing with their own personal demons. From personal loss, to fear of commitment (in any sense), to troubled childhoods, to the inner battle many fight on what their path should be and what their goals in life should be.
The characters in the book are excellent. They all have their own distinct back story that helps shape the deep and shallow nuances of what is a lovely story. They’re really personable and you just want to hug Irene, have a laugh with Bill and get to know James. I won't lie, I did find Birdy a little annoying and self centred at times but that's how she is meant to come across, so it just shows how well the characters are depicted.
The writing is super accessible but equally strong in how it transports you from London to the high hills and vast landscape of the Scottish coast. You can imagine yourself standing by the loch, surrounded by nature’s very best. Honestly, after reading this I really want to go to Scotland and book a vineyard trip in France or Italy!
I won’t say much more but this is a book I think anyone would enjoy. The ending is predictable but you’ll fly through it and enjoy it. It brings you to the beautiful wilderness of Scotland, immerses you in the fascinating world of wine and also introduces you to some characters that you would love to meet in real life. It addresses so many things that we all face on a daily basis and reassures the reader that we are not alone.
I think the cover would have been better if there was a wine bottle or something related to wine. It's only a small detail but the lobster in the suitcase is so random haha!
A big thank you to NetGalley for letting me read it before it is released this Thursday!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'But pain - even the worst heartbreak - can never be felt at its most intense for too long. There's something in us that wants to survive.'
I loved so many of them...I did find Birdy annoying sometimes but she does make this story what it is! She's your every day girl trying to figure out where she belongs.