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Doubting Abbey by [Tonge, Samantha]
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Doubting Abbey Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Doubting Abbey (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

Samantha lives in Cheshire, England, with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. A love of reading developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. Having first followed other careers, such as as a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris, Samantha began writing and has sold around 100 short stories to women's magazines. Formally trained as a linguist, she has a passion for writing romantic comedy novels.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (10 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBZ3Y6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not overly clear why this has a Christmas themed cover, as it only had a couple of lines set in the festive season with snow! Please don't read ahead if you want to avoid spoilers, as it's a hard book to review without giving away some of the plot.

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Doubting Abbey was an amusing romantic comedy, heavier on the comedy than the romance, set in the world of stately homes and reality TV. Gemma is portrayed as a trashy over made up, and tarty dressing, 22 year old. She shares a flat with high society girl Abbey, and underneath all the slap has a remarkable resemblance to her posh friend - When Abbey's estranged Uncle asks for her help to save his crumbling estate, which has made it through to the finale of "Millionaire Mansions", a reality TV show where the public votes between two historic homes to award one million pounds to in order for them to be fixed up, Abbey feels obliged to help. The trouble is his request clashes with her planning trip with her boyfriend, who her parents think is beneath her, to help orphaned children in Africa - Abbey is convinced Gemma, one stripped of her make up, fake tan and outfits, with some elocution and etiquette lessons from her well to do aunt (who's a sucker for true love) can pass for her for the next two weeks. Throwing Gemma into a world she's never seen, pretending to be someone she's not, leads to all manner of funny situations as she does her best to help her friends family save their historic estate and win the prize money, not least by trying to spice up the televised feeds. While all this takes place, she sneaks out occasionally dressed as the real Gemma, who strikes an unlikely romance with Lord Edward, heir to the estate.
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I downloaded this book because I loved the cover! It's amazing what a difference something as simple as this can make in deciding whether or not to download a particular title.

As soon as I started reading the book I discovered it was based on a reality tv show around two competing stately mansions - Applebridge Hall and Marwick Castle. You have The Croxleys of Applebridge with its history, tradition, morals etc and then Marwick Castle which is more like something out of a play boy's mansion. Previous reviews from other readers describes very well the plot of the story

I found the book funny, humorous and the characters very entertaining. I loved Gemma's mischievous streak and her bright and fun personality. I really enjoyed reading Edward's blogs , it really was the only place where you knew what he was really feeling about events that had just occurred. Nasty nick shows his true colours although I was hoping he'd just remain a cheeky chap. Other memorable characters were the Earl and Constance, Kathleen and Mr Thompson to name but a few.

I am ashamed to say Samantha I've never watched Downton Abbey even though I've really wanted to! I'll have to rectify that now :)
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This was a fun and enjoyable read.
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A good read
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Great book
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This was quite enjoyable but could have been better. I did enjoy reading it and at no time wanted to stop, and I did laugh a lot, but I still feel like so much more coudl have been done.

The Good:
Gemma is hilarious and she gets herself into some hideously amusing situations.
A feel good story. I couldn't stop smiling as I read it.
You come to feel for the characters,

The Bad:
Spelling mistakes! No joke, and from a book I paid hard earned money for? Not really acceptable.
Deceptive cover. No matter how much snow you see on the cover, it doesn't appear until the epilogue.
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Despite the fact that this book has had a lot of publicity lately, I still wasn’t sure what to expect. There is the Hall, of course, which allows the author to write a pastiche on ‘Downton Abbey’ but if you are expecting anything else along those lines then you may well be disappointed. Described as a romantic comedy, it didn’t have me laughing out loud although I did find my lips curling up into a smile every so often.
I enjoyed the way Gemma and Edward’s relationship developed and how they are both so full of doubt. Many readers will identify with the way in which Gemma is thrown into the deep end and her attempts to pass herself off as gentry. Her insecurities are what endear her to us. Her passion and enthusiasm for life come through strongly and the ending wraps everything up most satisfactorily. There are some great minor characters too in the form of Lady Constance and the cook, Kathleen.
The book is well written and if you are looking for something light and humorous and enjoy reality shows then this is for you.
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as always and excellent read and very easy to follow story loved how the story unfolded keep up the good work
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