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The Invention of Sophie Carter
by Samantha Hastings
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 14th 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Young Adult
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.
This was so much fun. I loved the setting of historical London. It was fast paced and adorable. It was so fun seeing how Sophie and Mariah had to navigate between who was in the house and who wasn’t. I was worried on more than one occasion that they’d be caught..
I also liked how different the girls were from one another. I liked how important Mariah’s love for art and Sophie’s love for invention were a big part of the story. Samantha did a really good job of giving each of them their own identities and even though they got jealous of each other sometimes, sisterly love always won out in the end. I’m so close to my sister so reading a story about the love between sisters always makes my heart melt.
Then there was Ethan and Charles. They were both so handsome and gentlemanly. I am glad they each had their own love interest and that even they were different. Ethan was always so supportive of Sophie’s love for inventions and Charles leaving books for Mariah in the library that he thought she should read was the sweetest!
Overall I loved this and I will read and recommend Samantha’s books as much as possible!
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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.