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Getting Away with It - Julie Cohen,
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This is the first book I have read by Julie Cohen and I must say, I was not disappointed. It is one of the longest books I have read, however, I didn't find that it dragged or became stagnant in places. The pace was well kept throughout the novel and easy to pick up again after each reading.
The story is about Liza and Lee Haven. Twins who conformed to the typical good twin, bad twin format. Lee Haven has stayed her whole life in their hometown in Stoneguard, Wiltshire, looking after their mother who is deteriorating with Alzeimers and taking full control of the family ice cream business, Ice Cream Heaven. Whilst 'bad' twin Liza has flown the nest to LA to have her career as a stunt woman. After a near-fatal accident, Liza finds herself going home to recuperate, but not telling her family why she is returning as she does not want the 'I told you so's'.
When Liza returns, she finds that Lee has disappeared without trace and her mother's illness is a lot worse than Lee was admitting to her. Lee gets in contact with Liza and asks her to hold the fort whilst she is away and Liza takes it quite literally and ends up living the next three weeks as 'good' twin Lee. She fools Lee's friends and work colleagues and even her on/off boyfriend Will. But Liza then begins to realise how much she wants the life here in Stoneguard that her sister has and begins to question her own identity.
The story ends really nicely, although I wont say how; you will have to read it to find out!
Julie unravel's the characters wonderfully and really enables you to identify with Liza. The way she describes the daily struggle both with someone who suffers with Alzeimers and the struggle of the surrounding friends and family members was both sensitive and extremely well done.
I look forward to reading more from this author.