The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary (audio)

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Audible, 10+ hrs.
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The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary, narrated by Jessie Cave and Lino Facioli, is set in a small town at a failing hotel just after the pandemic sent many in the hospitality industry under. Forest Manor Hotel cut corners to stay open, and it’s beginning to show, as parts of the ceiling fall. Everything could do with a touch up, but when your owners don’t like to budget or deal with numbers, the task can be overwhelming. Izzy Jenkins and Lucas da Silva are the two main receptionists of the hotel, but they are always arguing and sniping at each other.

Even though Izzy and Lucas may hate each other, they both love the hotel and the mission to find the owners of some lost wedding rings could just be the miracle they need, especially if rewards are involved. O’Leary always has fun characters in awkward situations. While I wasn’t too keen on how long the misunderstanding lasted in this one, the banter and awkwardly sparkling moments between Izzy and Lucas were funny. It probably didn’t hurt that the male narrator really did well with the Brazilian Portuguese.

The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary, narrated by Jessie Cave and Lino Facioli, was a comedy when I needed some cheering up, even if I did get frustrated with Izzy and Lucas. I think that is to be expected in these kinds of scenarios. I had a good time with this one.

RATING: Quatrain

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About the Author:

Beth O’Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote her debut novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from her job at a children’s publisher. She now lives in the Hampshire countryside and writes full time.


  1. I’ll look this one up at the library, because who doesn’t need some cheering up these days?