Identical twin sisters take turns swapping places over the course of a summer in order to pursue their secret ambitions in Samantha Hastings’ Victorian YA romance.
Bounced from one begrudging relative to another their whole lives, orphaned identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter have always relied on each other for love and support, even though the sisters couldn’t be more different.
Brash Sophie wants to be an inventor, and demure Mariah wants to be an artist. Both long to visit London for the summer—Sophie to see the Queen’s Great Exhibition and Mariah to study the world’s finest collection of paintings. But when their cantankerous aunt answers their letter pleading for a place to stay, she insists she only has time and room to spare for one of them.
So, Mariah and Sophie hatch a clever scheme: They will travel to London together and take turns playing the part of “Sophie”.
At first the plan runs like clockwork. But as the girls avoid getting caught by increasingly narrow margins and two handsome gentlemen—both of whom think they’re falling in love with the real Sophie Carter—enter the equation, the sisters find they don’t have the situation quite as under control as they thought.
With all sorts of delightful Parent Trap-style identical twin hijinks, The Invention of Sophie Carter is the perfect light-and-sweet palate cleanser.
Title: The Invention of Sophie Carter
By: Samantha Hastings
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 14th 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Young Adult
This book was such a sweet, hopeful, and heartfelt read. The sort of perfect pick me up after a year that’s been rather rough, to put it mildly. The heroine(s) are fantastic and this is a 100% vibe of Jane Austen meets The Parent Trap.
Once more Hastings has me within the first few pages, her style is effortless and the characters modern enough to relate to while regaling us all in a historical time period. Hastings has also proven herself to be an auto-buy author for me after hitting it out of the park with ‘The Last Word’ her first novel and now this sophomore novel.
The characters are lovely and though we have Sophie and Mariah are twins they’re clearly distinct and different as people are in real life, so, that added to how they felt like real people instead of simply characters in a book. Sophie is forward, inventive, and a risk-taker while Mariah is pure kindness, artistic, and a reader.
Aside from the twins we also have a delightful cast of characters, from the ward of their Aunt, a very broody Mr. Darcy like character, his cousin, someone who likes a little mischief, the famous painter that lives next door, and to the Aunt that takes in the twins. Well, she takes in one but, that doesn’t stop Sophie from bringing her sister along, unable to leave her behind.
The girls have a pretty rough life and it’s nice to see that they still have such amazing spirits. Their story is just a sweet and loving adventure that delighted me from start to finish. This was just the sort of book I needed to read to lift up my own sprits and put a smile on my face.
Thank you so much to Xpressor Tours, the publisher: Swoon Reads, and NetGalley for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. She is the author of THE LAST WORD, THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER, and A ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY.
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