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Title: The Duplicate Bride
Author: Ginny Baird
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Entangled: Amara
Rating: 2.5/5* rounded up to 3/5*
Identical looking twin sisters Hope and Jackie Webb have pulled some stunts in their time and not many people can reliably tell them apart on looks alone but their personalities are very different. Actually, so are their attitudes to diet and exercise so it is really amazing that they are so identical! Hope can’t believe that her workaholic sister is asking her to pretend to be her to enable her to keep working rather than meeting and staying with Jackie’s fiancè and his family for the week in the run up to their wedding. It is only for the one day, so there shouldn’t be any problems, should there? Except Jackie’s arrival keeps getting delayed . . .
I really looked forward to reading this book, the synopsis had me hooked and I really wanted to know how it would work out. However, although it is easy to forgive the initial deception, as the week progressed and Hope gets closer to Brent and his family it just felt so wrong and downright cruel of them. Jackie certainly never seemed invested in Brent, even if this was a marriage of convenience she appeared to have absolutely no intention of putting any effort into their relationship and comes across as selfish and self-absorbed – definitely not good enough for someone as caring as Brent proves to be. Hope may have started the deception with the best of motives but as the week progresses I just couldn’t believe she maintains it. The last few chapters bring it all to a lovely conclusion but by then I was feeling uncomfortable with their actions and no longer invested in them achieving a HEA. However, others will be able to see past all this and thoroughly enjoy the book so don’t let me put you off. I’d be interested in reading if you thoroughly enjoyed it or felt like me about it. It is well written and has some great family characters, I just wish the twins had been honest much earlier in the story.
Thank you to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I voluntarily read and have honestly reviewed.
Saying “I do” has never been this much fun in this charming new romance from New York Times bestselling author Ginny Baird.
Hope Webb can’t believe her twin sister, Jackie, is begging her to swap places and play fiancée at Jackie’s pre-wedding festivities. Sure, it’s only a business-deal sort of marriage, but Hope is a carb-loving teacher who enjoys curling up with a good book. Jackie is a workaholic whose idea of a good time is a brisk five-mile run at the crack of dawn. The two sisters couldn’t be more opposite.
Now Hope is stuck in the middle of a warm, tight-knit family she can’t help but adore and a groom who turns out to be entirely wonderful…for her.
Hotel magnate Brent Albright knows something is off about his fiancée, but he doesn’t care. Gone is the driven woman with similar career goals, and in her place is someone warm and funny who not only charms his family but him as well. She’s doing everything she can to avoid him, but that’s probably just nerves. Two people about to wed couldn’t know each other less.
Now Brent is determined to woo his fiancée, for real this time, because the more he gets to know her, the more his sweet fiancée turns out to be entirely wonderful…for him.
And that’s when things start to get really complicated…