Jul 21, 2014

Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge

Swapping downstairs for upstairs… How hard can it be!?

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…


Gemma and Abbey are best friends. Abbey has a problem, she can't be in two places at once. Her boyfriend needs her, but her family does as well. Because Gemma looks so much like her and she hasn't seen her relatives for years Abby asks her best friend to go in her place. Gemma reluctantly agrees as that is what friends do. The only difference between the girls is that Gemma is a regular and common girl while Abbey is a lady. After only a few basic etiquette lessons Gemma has to pretend she's Abbey. Not only in front of the family, but also in front of the entire country, because Gemma has to help the family to save their estate on television. They're one of Million Dollar Mansion's finalists. She has her own ideas about how to win the show. It isn't easy for Gemma to pretend to have impeccable manners, but that isn't her only problem. There's work to be done, they have a job for her which is something nobody told her she'd be doing. Gemma also likes Abbey's cousin Lord Edward a little bit too much. Will Gemma succeed in being Abbey or will she let her friend down and leave a complete mess?
I liked Doubting Abbey a lot! Gemma is such a warm person. She's impulsive, she's got guts and she's extremely loyal. Her character makes this novel so special. I liked all the funny scenes and Gemma is a fantastic heroine. She's able to talk herself out of almost anything. The amazing Lord Edward made this novel even better. The handsome and sometimes quite stiff gentleman shows his softer sides because of Gemma. His transformation is one of the strongest parts of the book. Last but not least there's the television show. Gemma comes up with the most daring plans to get people to vote. She loves reality shows and she knows exactly how to attract more viewers. Her actions are often hilarious. Doubting Abbey is great, I loved reading every single page of this book!

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