Doubting Abbey – Samantha Tonge

20131220-041337 pm.jpgFormat: E-Book (Kindle)
Publisher: Carnia
Published: 10th November 2013

Rating: 5/5

The Blurb
Swapping downstairs for upstairs… How hard can it be!?

Look up the phrase ordinary girl and you’ll see a picture of me, Gemma Goodwin – I only look half-decent after applying the entire contents of my make-up bag, and my dating track-record includes a man who treated me to dinner…at a kebab shop. No joke!
The only extraordinary thing about me is that I look EXACTLY like my BFF, Abbey Croxley. Oh, and that for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve agreed to swap identities and pretend be her to star in the TV show about her aristocratic family’s country estate, Million Dollar Mansion.

So now it’s not just my tan I’m faking – it’s Kate Middleton style demure hemlines and lady-like manners too. And amongst the hundreds of fusty etiquette rules I’m trying to cram into my head, there are two I really must remember; 1) No-one can ever find out that I’m just Gemma, who’d be more at home in the servants quarters. And 2) There can be absolutely no flirting with Abbey’s dishy but buttoned-up cousin, Lord Edward.

Aaargh, this is going to be harder than I thought…

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The Review
Thank you to Samantha and NetGallery for sending me a copy to read and review.

I will admit that I have never watched Downton Abbey (I know, I’m terrible) so I was a little worried I wouldn’t get certain references, but it was fine, no panic needed!

Meet Gemma Goodwin, a down to earth girl that loves her fake eyelashes, tan and high heels. One afternoon whilst talking to her flatmate Abbey she somehow agrees to lead a double life and tries in all her might to act and behave like Abbey – actually she needs to pretend she IS Abbey!

At first I thought I’d find Gemma annoying because quite frankly any girl that talks about loving fake tan is probably not the best for me, but the more I read, the more I warmed to Gemma. She definitely has a heart of gold and you can’t fault her intentions. She spends the best part of 2 weeks trying to lead a life of privilege and all under the watchful eye of the general public.

What I love most about ‘Doubting Abbey’ is the fact that everyone in Applebridge Hall is proud of their heritage and they feel strongly about showing the hall off in all it’s glory! Just because it has been featured on a reality show doesn’t mean it has to be treated with disrespect.

You’ll love the comedy moments that Gemma comes up with, recreating the scene from Titanic on a lawnmower, feeding Nick the gardener horrible tasting food and of course flicking an onion into a posh lady’s hair; all of them are hilarious.

You can purchase ‘Doubting Abbey’ on Amazon.

Find out more about Samantha Tonge at and on Twitter @SamTongeAuthor

Published by Clare

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