Book Review: Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge

Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: CarinaUK Harlequin

Summary: Look up the phrase ordinary girl and you’ll see a picture of me, Gemma Goodwin – I only look half-decent after applying the entire contents of my make-up bag, and my dating track-record includes a man who treated me to dinner…at a kebab shop. No joke! 

The only extraordinary thing about me is that I look EXACTLY like my BFF, Abbey Croxley. Oh, and that for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve agreed to swap identities and pretend be her to star in the TV show about her aristocratic family’s country estate, Million Dollar Mansion. 

So now it’s not just my tan I’m faking – it’s Kate Middleton style demure hemlines and lady-like manners too. And amongst the hundreds of fusty etiquette rules I’m trying to cram into my head, there are two I really must remember; 1) No-one can ever find out that I’m just Gemma, who’d be more at home in the servants quarters. And 2) There can be absolutely no flirting with Abbey’s dishy but buttoned-up cousin, Lord Edward.

Aaargh, this is going to be harder than I thought…

I picked this up because I have the sequel on my tablet and have been wanting to read it but since I tend to be an orderly reader, I needed to start at the beginning. I thought it'd be a quicker read so was completely surprised that I was able to put this down. Repeatedly. Some of it had to do with character quirks (I never want to read "mega" or "amazin'" again in life.) and some had to do with situational tedium. Still, I picked it back up and after about chapter 10 this really was a charming read (and moved along much more quickly.

I quite loved Edward's blog posts (this was where the real wit in the writing shone). I'll definitely read the next book & am sure that now that I know where Abbey ended up, I'll enjoy where she's going. Recommended for fans of Brit Chick-lit.

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