Thursday, July 16, 2020

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings @HastingSamantha @XpressoTours

The Invention of Sophie Carter
Samantha Hastings
(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.

1851. 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.

My Review:

Sophie and Mariah Carter are orphaned identical twins who have had a rough life. They lost both their parents at a very young age. After their parents died they went to live with a friend of their fathers for a few years then was sent away to live with another family. They had to share a room in the attic with mice.

When they turned eighteen Sophie wanted to go see the Queen’s Great Exhibition in London. Sophie wrote to their estranged aunt to ask if they could visit and stay with her for awhile. The aunt sent word that she could only afford to have one of the girls to visit for a short time so she could look for a husband. Sophie didn’t want to leave Mariah behind so she came up with a plan where the girls would pretend to be Sophie.

This way Sophie could go to the Great Exhibition and Mariah could stay with their aunt and spend her time reading and painting. Sophie wanted to be an inventor and plan to get a job as an apprentice. If Sophie could find a job then her and Mariah could find a place of their own to live and not have to depend on others for their up keep.

The Invention of Sophie Carter is a fun fast paced read that had my attention from the summary and once I opened it I couldn’t put it down until I had turned the last page. I fell in love with both girls from the very beginning. It reminded me so much of The Parent Trap (1961). It was a fun witty read that kept me guessing throughout the whole book wondering and waiting to see if the girls shenanigans were going to be revealed and who would be the first one to discover the girls secret.

I would so love to see The Invention of Sophie Carter make it on the big screen. I sorely believe that it would make a great movie. You know I would love to see more of Sophie and Mariah in future books along with Ethan and Charles.

I think that The Invention of Sophie Carter would be a great read for young and older adults alike. I would definitely recommend The Invention of Sophie Carter to all historical fiction fans. One click your copy today!

Author Bio:

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.