Ariel and Sara never imagined their high-spirited attempt to step into each other’s shoes would cause such upheaval. The lifelong pen pals, who look exactly alike, meet for the first time in their twenties and embark on a daring adventure of changing identities. Southern belle Ariel is determined to win the heart of a man who doesn’t know she exists, while Sara yearns to leave behind her hardscrabble existence and taste the good life that fate has denied her. But in pretty Arundel, North Carolina, nothing is as it seems—including the dangers that are closing in on their new dream lives, as the deepest of fears and darkest of secrets and betrayals come to light.
In My Opinion…
Caution, this may contain spoilers!
I had high hopes for this book. The summary seemed pretty awesome and the cover was pretty. I picked this up at a garage sale (or was it a thrift store?) and had to add it to my collection. I started reading this book at the beginning of last week and finished it by the end of it.
I was completely disappointed.
I hate writing book reviews on books I didn’t like because, as an author, I know how it feels to put all your heart and soul into it. I never want to knock down another author, but I promised myself that I would write a the most honest book review that I could.
Based on the summary, it seemed like the cousins were going to trade places and, because of that, there are misconceptions and misadventures. And then, through that, they learn a little bit about each other and about themselves. I thought it was going to be a happy, heartwarming story.
This was not what happened.
First of all, I can’t believe that two cousins would look so much alike that they could be mistaken for each other. I just don’t think it’s possible.
Second of all, the whole “switching places” thing lasted for, maybe, thirty or forty pages. That’s it. They are found out and nothing happened.
Then there’s the whole part of the story where they go to the Island and everything gets messed up. It’s like a Silent Hill type thing, sort of. The island is creepy and everyone is against the “outsiders.” So much so, that they actually put them in jail, and then trying to frame them for a murder (after they’re let out of jail)
Okay, I could’ve gotten through that. I was interested in what secrets and betrayal was out there…what they were going to find out about each other.
But the secrets and betrayal? Had nothing to do with the four main characters. In fact, the secrets and betrayals had to do with the people who lived on the island. And it had barely anything to do with the main characters.
Another problem I had with this story is how the author kind of glosses over parts. Stories like this, you have to delve into the story, use lots of details and stuff. This story…nada. Nothing. In fact, huge parts are just never hit on. And the suspense at the ending? Weak at best. There was supposed to be some what of a build up…some tension, and then the explosive conclusion.
That’s what I thought it would be…
Turns out, I was wrong again. There was just about no tension as we got closer to the end. And then the explosive conclusion? Not there. It was just like Ariel (the rich cousin) found the treasure and that was it. Done. Finished. The epilogue takes place a year later.
All in all, if I didn’t get this at a garage sale I probably would’ve been upset about it. I’m not sure if I will read another book by this author, but I’d like to think that I would give the author another chance.
Until next time…happy reading!