The Duplicate Bride
Author: Ginny Baird
Publisher: Entangled: Amara (September 29, 2020)
Paperback, 368 pages
Romance, Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
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…
First of all, set your expectations: any book about twins trading places the week before the bride’s wedding is going to require some pretty hefty suspension of disbelief.
This would have been a 4 star read for me, but I dropped a star because of fat shaming. It’s not really bad in this book, but I’m sick of seeing heroines lamenting over how they hate running and love donuts and feeling guilt/shame about that. Seriously, a single comment about how they think they’re fat and thus unattractive and I’m dropping a star. This book opens with Hope talking about how her neighbor bakes amazing desserts and brings them over to her, “which would have been great if Hope has inherited her mom’s fast metabolism. But no. She gained weight just by reading high-fat recipes.” And then there’s stuff about her trying to fit into her twin sister’s dress despite being curvier than her – but she still fits into the dress of her high-metabolism, low-fat and low-card, runs 5 miles every morning sister. Um, okay. Sure. I’m also kind of sick of seeing the thin, career driven woman as cold and unfeeling while the chubby teacher is the warm one.
But enough about the bad stuff, let’s get to the good stuff!! I liked Hope and Brent’s dynamic. They’ve got great chemistry even though Hope is pretending to be her sister (and doing a really terrible job of it…) The rom-com aspects really come into play once Brent starts trying to get a little more amorous and Hope has to keep coming up with excuses to avoid getting intimate with him. Brent’s entire family is lovely, and Hope’s mom is a riot. I’m assuming we’re going to get another book for the BFF and little brother, which I will be here for because I really liked Meredith.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.