Thursday, October 12, 2023

Book Review: The Wake-Up Call by Beth O'Leary

Pages: 368
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: September 26, 2023
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher for review
Other Books By Author: The Switch,
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Goodreads says, "Two hotel receptionists--and arch-rivals--find a collection of old wedding rings and compete to return them to their owners, discovering their own love story along the way. It's the busiest season of the year, and Forest Manor Hotel is quite literally falling apart. So when Izzy and Lucas are given the same shift on the hotel's front desk, they have no choice but to put their differences aside and see it through. The hotel won't stay afloat beyond Christmas without some sort of miracle. But when Izzy returns a guest's lost wedding ring, the reward convinces management that this might be the way to fix everything. With four rings still sitting in the lost & found, the race is on for Izzy and Lucas to save their beloved hotel--and their jobs. As their bitter rivalry turns into something much more complicated, Izzy and Lucas begin to wonder if there's more at stake here than the hotel's future. Can the two of them make it through the season with their hearts intact?"



Izzy and Lucas both work as concierges at the Forest Manor Hotel in southern England. They don't work well together, thanks to an issue they had last Christmas. Izzy wrote Lucas a letter confessing her feelings for him, and he promptly kissed her roommate. Cue the awkwardness and the resentment from Izzy. Since then, she has avoided him until the hotel assigned them both the same task of going through the lost property room and selling the items to raise money. The hotel is going bankrupt and selling the items is their only hope to not only save the hotel but also their jobs. They find a lot of junk, but then they come across five wedding rings. Izzy reunites one of the rings with its owner and receives a hefty reward. Let the competition begin! As they spend more time together, readers can't help but hope they get past the miscommunication from last Christmas and take a chance on love. Beth O'Leary's The Wake-Up Call is a delightful rom-com that would be perfect to snuggle up with this holiday season.


I really enjoyed the relationship between Izzy and Lucas in The Wake-Up Call. I liked their witty banter and their backstory, especially as readers find out what actually happened between them last Christmas. O'Leary has a way of making her romances feel like such a fun rom-com, the kind with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Just like the older rom-com I grew up with, her books are charming, have cute settings, and will sure to make you laugh. Needless to say, I was rooting for Izzy, Lucas, and even the charming hotel.


That leads me to the setting of Forest Manor Hotel. I absolutely adored it! I stayed at a hotel in southern England once and I still daydream about it. O'Leary brought it to life beautifully and there were many holiday moments in The Wake-Up Call, which would make this a great read for the fall and upcoming holiday season. 


Are you a fan of Beth O'Leary's novels? Is The Wake-Up Call on your fall TBR list? Let me know in the comments below. 




  1. I have not successfully finished a book by this author, but this might be the one to change it! The hotel setting sounds so lovely.

    1. I think you'd like this one! It would be perfect for the holidays, too!


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