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The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings

“Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, Hastings The Invention of Sophie Carter will have you smiling from ear to ear.”

Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

The Story

Sophie and Mariah Carter, identical twins, are orphaned as infants, handed off to acquaintances who then cast them off like an unwanted coat, to the next available family who will care for them. 

With no one to truly love them except for each other these two sister will do anything to keep each other safe.

Nearly destitute, but fortunate enough to pursue their ambitions in a limited fashion due to their menial circumstances, eighteen-year-old Sophie Carter has a plan. Find a way to provide for both her and her sister.

And when the twins only living relative provides a chance of a lifetime, Sophie is unable to resist, but it comes at a cost. 

Only Sophie is invited to stay with their aunt. Not her sister.  But Sophie has an idea, one that would not leave her beloved sister behind.  She and Mariah take on London and high society in the guise of finding a husband, taking turns as being Sophie, until two gentlemen start to fall for the same person, then things get a bit more complicated.

Review: The Invention of Sophie Carter

My bookish kryptonite: period pieces and Victorian romance.

I devour period pieces like a favored desert given in endless abundance. 

It’s one of those genres that has a familiar writing style like that knowing feeling when you’re coming home.  The unattainable suitor.  The poverty stricken girl.  A chance at getting a husband.  A season of gaudy balls and endless shopping. The chase of finding true love.  It may be formulaic, but there is always the opportunity for a new twist in obtaining a well deserved ending.  And Hasting delivers on all fronts. 

A Few More Thoughts

Sophie and Mariah Carter may be identical twins, but they are nothing alike.  They reminded me of Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women.  Sophie is like the fierce and strong-headed and strong-willed Joe March. Bold in all she does. While Mariah was a nice mix between the more emotional, quiet, and beauty of Amy, Beth, and Meg March. 

But I absolutely loved the fierceness of Sophie.  Her wild feminism.  How she embraced her ambition to be an inventor even when most men around her refuse to acknowledge her value and worth. She was the brilliant strokes of this narrative making it a more rich and compelling read.

The wholesome plot, the sweet romance, the ostentatious high society and its season of gossip and balls painted on the historical backdrop of Victorian era London singly put delightful.

The Invention of Sophie Carter is a fresh narrative. Steeped in the tenacious bonds of sisterhood and the strength to pave your own way while discovering what it means to be loved.

Happy Reading  ̴ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked

Author: Samantha Hastings

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Publication Date: July, 2020

Pages: 320

ISBN-10: 1250236274

ISBN-13: 978-1250236272

Audience: 13 and up

Jacket Illustration and Design: Unkown at this time

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