The Summer Job

Putnam. May 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780593328118. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Dent hits a home run with her first novel. Elizabeth “Birdy” Finch and her best friend Heather could not be more different. Birdy flits from job to job and relationship to relationship, never really giving it her all. Heather has worked hard to become a sommelier. When Heather decides to chase romance in Italy, Birdy attends a wine awards ceremony in her place. A case of mistaken identity ensues, and Birdy, jobless and near homeless, travels to a hotel in Scotland to take a sommelier job under Heather’s name. We follow Birdy on her journey of self-discovery as she makes new friends, deals with her somber past, falls in love, and learns everything she can about wine.
VERDICT This witty, banter-filled novel seems frothy at first, but aptly balances the humor with darker subjects. Lovely descriptions of Scotland, quirky supporting characters, and a thoroughly lovable heroine make this a sure bet for fans of Jenny Colgan.
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