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Julie Cohen
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17 Mar 2011

A gorgeously romantic, funny and heartbreaking read for anyone who's ever run away from home - and found their way back...

Liza Haven couldn't wait to escape the small village where she grew up with her perfect identical twin sister, Lee. Her life in LA as a stunt woman is reckless, fast and free - and that's just the way she likes it. But when a near-fatal mistake drives her home, she finds Lee gone and everyone in the village mistaking her for her twin sister. Liza has to deal with her ailing mother, the family ice cream business, and Lee's dangerously attractive boyfriend. Liza's always been the bad twin, but as she struggles to keep up the masquerade and puzzle out where her sister has gone, she realises it's not so simple. She's spent her whole life getting away with it - is it finally time to face up to who she really is and where she really belongs?


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755350626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755350629
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Cohen grew up in the mountains of western Maine, USA, and wrote stories from an early age, most of them involving rock stars or magic. After taking an honours degree in English from Brown University, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she spent three years researching fairies in Victorian children's literature. As this had very few practical applications, she became a secondary school English teacher, writing novels in the evenings and in the school holidays. She currrently writes full time and lives in Berkshire with her husband, son and about a million guitars.

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Heartbreaking and hilarious, Julie Cohen's sensational new novel marks the launch of a dazzling new talent

About the Author

Julie Cohen studied at Brown University, earning a summa cum laude degree with honours in English. She moved to the UK in 1992 to pursue a postgraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Reading and currently teaches English at secondary level. She lives with her husband and son in Berkshire.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! 23 Nov 2010
By Dot
Format:Hardcover
Firstly let me say that the cover to this book is lovely, several people have commented on it when it has been spotted lying around my house.
The story focuses mainly on Liza Haven as she returns to Stoneguard but we do gradually get to know Lee too as the odd chapter details what she is up to while Liza is trying to juggle everything and fool everyone into thinking she is her perfect twin sister. It seems that both sisters are running away from certain things and the book deals with what they are afraid of and whether the answer to their problems is to simply return home.
it was really interesting to see Liza pretending to be her sister, she learns more about herself and the person she wants to be by stepping into her twin sister's shoes. The only person that Liza can't fool is her mother who has appeared to favour Lee over Liza for their whole lives. Liza's mother has Alzheimers and I think that Julie Cohen dealt with this issue so well. The author describes the day to day struggles and challenges of caring for somebody with this condition.
There is an element of romance to this book too, Liza finds herself attracted to Will Naughton, the local aristocrat but she tries to keep her distance as she knows that it would be the ultimate betrayal to steal her sister's boyfriend, but he is very persistent...
Julie Cohen has written a lovely book, Getting Away With It questions what you are running away from in life and to consider that everyone has struggles no matter how calm and content they appear.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bumper Read! 3 Dec 2010
By Amy
Format:Hardcover
Coming in at over 500 pages 'Getting Away With It' is a bumper read. This is the first Julie Cohen book that I have read and after reading this one I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

This book is about twin sisters Lee and Liza, Lee is dubbed the good twin while Liza is known as the bad twin. I really liked both the characters and enjoyed reading how Liza easily slipped into her sister's life.

I really enjoyed the story and the characters we were introduced to throughout the book. There was a lot that went on throughout which kept me glued to the pages and which prevented the book from becoming boring. This really is a great book which I would definitely recommend which I enjoyed and I eagerly read on in anticipation wanting to know how it was all going to pan out for the twins.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Away With It 1 Nov 2010
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Liza Haven couldn't wait to escape the small village where she grew up with her perfect identical twin sister, Lee. Her life in LA as a stunt woman is reckless, fast and free - and that's just the way she likes it. But when a near-fatal mistake drives her home, she finds Lee gone and everyone in the village mistaking her for her twin sister. Liza has to deal with her ailing mother, the family ice cream business, and Lee's dangerously attractive boyfriend. Liza's always been the bad twin, but as she struggles to keep up the masquerade and puzzle out where her sister has gone, she realises it's not so simple. She's spent her whole life getting away with it - is it finally time to face up to who she really is and where she really belongs?

Getting Away With It is a huge chunk of a book, coming in at just over 500 pages and with such a large book there's always a worry it might be overly long but I didn't have such a worry with Getting Away With It. I got stuck into the book almost immediately and I could barely put it down. The book is completely engaging and the book begins by Liza, a stunt woman, having her big accident that will eventually lead to her heading back home to Stonegate after many years away. I found the opening very intriguing, and I found it very interesting how it came about that Liza ended up impersonating her twin sister Lee. Liza has always been known as the `bad' twin whereas sister Lee is the `good' twin, so to see the switch between the two of them was fascinating as Liza suddenly finds herself being the good twin and ends up enjoying it whereas Lee, always known for being the dependable twin suddenly does a 180 and does some Liza-like things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting away with it 22 Aug 2011
By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This book starts off by introducing us to Liza, a film stunt double. From the sounds of it she leads an exciting life but she just doesn't seem to be fulfilled. This leads her to push herself taking a stupid risk which has a disastrous consequence for her health and livelihood.

Liza grew up in a small village where everyone knew everyone else's business. As the story evolves we find out about her twin sister, Lee, from whom she has grown apart. We find out about her motivations for leaving the village and about her difficult relationship with her mother.

Because of her accident, Liza is forced to return to the UK and through a series of events she ends up stepping into the shoes and life of her twin sister. No one, except for her mother, realises that Liza is not Lee. Throughout the story events unfold which cause Liza to question her previous assumptions about her childhood, the village in which she grew up and more importantly her complex relationship with her mother.

The story is beautifully written and once started is very difficult to put back down. The characters are very believable and you find yourself really wanting Liza to work through the emotional baggage that she has carried with her throughout her life.

The book also touches on some of the difficulties and frustrations of living and dealing with someone who is suffering from Alzheimers. I felt that this was approached in a sensitive manner and it gave a brief insight into what life must be like for those who care for someone with this disease.

I did wonder how things would pan out at the end when Lee returned to claim her life back and thought that this could be the undoing of the book. However, this wasn't the case and Julie Cohen successfully tied up the loose ends whilst making it feel very believable.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves chick lits that have a little bit more depth and substance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good chick lit
This the perfect book for escaping with and I found myself lost in it and unable to put it down. The plot follows two twins, Lee the good twin and Liza the bad twin and details... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Justhavingfun
2.0 out of 5 stars Where do I start?
With the very unsympathetic character of the main person?
With the utmost unbelievable story?
With the highly predictable outcome?
Take your pick!
Published 19 months ago by M. H. K. Winkels
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Life affirming
I loved this book. It took a few chapters to warm to the main character Liza, but by the last page I had grown to really admire and respect the way she took control of her sister's... Read more
Published 22 months ago by julie Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs-up from my book group
I've read several of Julie Cohen's books (the most recent before this one was "Girl From Mars"), and each time I come away with a feeling of genuine satisfaction because she always... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2012 by H. Gyland
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
This story kept me amused on a 5 hour flight. It had me laughing out loud and kept me wondering where the plot was going. There were surprises and heart felt moments. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by K Harrop
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
A very good story and I was sorry when it finished... I just bought 7 more of Julie Cohens books... Looking forward to reading some more....
Love it! love it! love it!
Published on 21 July 2012 by Luise
1.0 out of 5 stars absolutely awful!
This had to be one of the most unbelievably inane books I have had the misfortune to read. the story is pathetic, the characters unbelievable. Not worth the paper it's written on.
Published on 10 July 2012 by W. L. Dant
2.0 out of 5 stars I had to give up
I found the original premise quite funny but after a couple of days she should have owned up instead of trying to run a business. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the female main character
I suppose the problem with this book for me was that I didn't like the main character Liza from the very beginning. I tried honest! Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by Freda Livery
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine example of chick lit
This seems like such a frivolous novel to begin with - the very girly front cover, the identity swap of the twin sisters at the centre of the novel, the stuntwoman job of Liza -... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by A. L. Rutter
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