Title: The Switch
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publication:Leisure Books (first published 1999)
Pages: 362 pages
Category: Fiction, Historical Romance, sibling
When they first met Lord Jeremy William Radcliffe, Charlie and her twin sister, Elizabeth, were escaping from their uncle- taking turns acting the young gentleman to avoid detection. But Charlie couldn’t help falling head over heels – and out of a window – for the handsome lord. Of course, that was only the beginning; Lord Radcliffe insisted on showing “him” and her lovely sister to London.
But how could he do that? With every touch, Radcliffe seemed unknowingly to incite indecent desires in Charlie, and his fraternal intent was certain to land her in a fine mess. Though it was a great game to play a boy, there was more fun in being female. And after one brush of his fiery lips when her guise was gone, Charlie swore to be nothing but his woman forevermore.
On the cover: The front cover of this book is not as sexy as other historical book covers. However, the back cover compensates for the front cover’s lack of sexiness. The colour combination used for this book is orange, white, yellow and blue. The orange is not striking but it has a more rust orange colour. My copy is a paperback which makes it easy to bring out and read while doing errands
On the story plot: The story is what really made me read this book. It is about twin girls who have managed to escape their gold digger uncle. They were set to marry rich unsuitable men because their uncle needed money. However, the twins decided to run away and find suitable husbands for themselves. They devised a plan where one of them would cross dress as a man so that they would not seem suspicious. This cross dressing would continue until they arrived in their other uncle’s house in the country. However, their plans did not go well because they met Lord Radcliffe, who insisted that he should escort and stay with him in London. Due to this intervention, the twins decided to try their luck and not go to their uncle’s country home. When they arrived in London, everything got complicated because of the twin’s cross dressing, Lord Radcliffe’s feelings for Charlotte a.k.a. Charlie the cross dressing twin and a black mailer who was taking advantage of their secret.
On the characters: This is my first historical romance where twin girls are protagonists. It was very refreshing to read something about twins in this genre. The name of the twins were Charlotte and Elizabeth. Charlotte had the idea of dressing up as a guy. I like her sassy attitude. Also, she is very caring and that she brings life to anything she touches. She was able to make the life of Lord Radcliffe less boring. On the other hand, Elizabeth is the twin who is more conservative. She uses pastel coloured dresses with a high neckline. I love them both because they have weaknesses and strengths which compliment one another. Lord Radcliffe helped the twins settle in London, but he had conflicting emotions regarding Charlotte. This is because he thought Charlotte was a man named Charlie. In the end, everything was settled, both twins were able to find true love and that their black mailer was sent to the asylum.
All in all: The story was very simple. It got my attention because of the twins and cross dressing. The romance was very predictable but the blackmailer surprised me. I like how the author portrayed Lord Radcliffe’s confused feelings. However, I would prefer if the cross dressing part was divulged with more drama. I just think that the story could be improved more. However, I do like Charlotte’s dry humour. All in all I gave this book a 3 hearts rating because I believe the author could improve the story. It was to predictable and bland for me. The plot and writing style was nice but in my opinion it lacked in the fluffy, romance department.
How many times have I told you never listen to a person’s words; watch their actions to see what is in their heart. A person can say many things they do not mean.
― Lynsay Sands, The Switch
Carriages were the invention of the devil
― Lynsay Sands, The Switch
Then we are learning from the other. For I have been learning to live again from you
― Lynsay Sands,The Switch