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.
About the Author
Lizzy Dent (mis)spent her early twenties working in Scotland in hospitality. After years travelling the world making Music TV for MTV and Channel 4, and creating digital content for Cartoon Network, the BBC and ITV, she wrote three Young Adult novels as Rebecca Denton published in the UK. This is her debut adult novel. Now in her late thirties she lives between London, Austria, and New Zealand with her young family.
Advance Praise for The Summer Job
One of Cosmopolitan’s New Books to Feed Your Wanderlust One of Entertainment Weekly’s 20 Best New Books to Read in May One of Bustle’s 20 Best Beach Reads of 2021 One of Country Living’s 30 Can’t Miss Beach Reads for This Summer One of Parade’s 25 Books You’ll Want to Read This Sizzling Season One of The Pioneer Woman’s20 Best Beach Reads of Summer 2021 One of SheReads’s Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2021 One of Life Savvy’s 17 Can’t Miss Books Hitting Shelves This May One of Glitter Guide’s 9 Books To Add To Your May Reading List One of Hello Giggles’s 11 Best New Books to Read in May
“Witty and funny and it packs an emotional punch…Loved it, I'm in the queue for more Lizzy Dent.” —Josie Silver, author of One Day in December
“My perfect summer read! Sure to be one of the sweetest, funniest, and sexiest books of the year.” —Emily Henry, author of Beach Read “Fresh, funny and filled with delicious food and wine.” —Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare “A rom-com-esque adventure in which a girl steals her best friend’s identity to spend the season at a luxury Scottish Highland resort. Lol, same.” –Cosmopolitan
“Funny, romantic, hilariously chaotic and full to the brim with Scottish charm.” –Parade
“A hilarious rom-com.” –PopSugar
“If you’re a fan of Outlander but want an adventure in the Scottish Highlands with a little more Wi-Fi, this is the read for you.” –Shondaland
“Dent hits a home run with her first novel...A sure bet for fans of Jenny Colgan.” –Library Journal, starred
“Escapist fun…Fans of Emily Henry and Katie Fforde should add this to their summer-read list.” —Booklist “Fun with a capital F…If you've ever felt you're getting left behind in life, or don't have everything worked out quite yet, this is the book for you.” —Sophie Cousens, author of This Time Next Year “This book is begging to be read on the beach. But it's so much more than a beach read…The Summer Job is fun, feel-good, and full of heart.” –Hello Giggles
“Engaging, heart-warming and so much fun. I bloody loved it.”—Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners
“A charming and funny read about how our worst mistake can be the very thing that helps us become a better person.” —Julia Whelan, author of My Oxford Year
“An enthralling escapist story…Perfectly balances emotion with wit, humor, and joy.” —Sarah Smith, author of The Faker “Gossipy, warm and funny. Like Goldie Hawn’s Private Benjamin, but with wine!” —Beth Morrey, author of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
“I fell for Birdy on the very first page and inhaled the rest of her story…A brilliantly original plot paired with fabulously funny writing - a pure joy to read!” —Helly Acton, author of The Shelf “The literary equivalent of going out on an amazing night out with your best friends…I'll be recommending it to everyone!” —Katherine Webber, author of The Heartbeats of Wing Jones