Title: Faking It
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication date: January 26th, 2021
The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life… or is she just faking it?
Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the ‘less successful’ identical twin to her ‘perfectly successful’ sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let’s face it.. a little bitter.
When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live.
But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates…) will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side?
I have loved past Portia MacIntosh books, but I think this one is my favorite. I loved the twist on The Parent Trap, with one twin pretending to be the other and fooling almost everyone. Especially when the twins are polar opposites. Throw in a nice love story with a great growth journey for the characters, and that’s about all I need.
I really enjoyed the sheer amount of plot points fit into this book. There was so much intrigue, adventure, and secrets. The main character, Ella, grew so much from the unreliable, homeless 30-something from the beginning of the book. It was great to see her learn how to parent and be responsible for a job and extracurriculars. She was thrown into the deep end pretending to be her sister Emma, and she THRIVED.
One part I would have improved would be how Ella was spoken about throughout the book. When she learned her sister used her as a cautionary tale for her children, I was hurt FOR her. Especially after not being there for her for so long. I would’ve expecting that to come up between the sisters and it didn’t, but it should have. I think the book really missed that crucial confrontation for everything to be wrapped up.
I was thoroughly shocked by the ending. There was a twist I wasn’t expecting and it took me completely by surprise. The romance was also very subtle, this is not a hot & steamy rom com. That doesn’t take away anything from the book, I just like to note it in reviews for those whose preferences go either way!
Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!