ARC Review: The Duplicate Bride by Ginny Baird

Thank you so much to Entangled Amara and Netgalley for letting me read an early copy of the Duplicate Bride! This book comes out today, so make sure you go check it out! I’ve always thought being an identical twin would be super cool- especially the whole switching places with said identical twin thing but the two sets of identical twins I know hated that and hated getting confused with each other, so they always did everything they could to be as different as possible, which was sometimes hard because they somehow always had very similar interests (one set was super athletic and played all the sports and the other set was super creative and they both sang and did musical theater). Anyway, overall, the Duplicate Bride was a cute, fun read that I enjoyed!

The Duplicate Bride 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Hope Webb can’t believe her twin sister, Jackie, is begging her to swap places and play fiancée at Jackie’s pre-wedding festivities. Sure, it’s only a business-deal sort of marriage, but Hope is a carb-loving teacher who enjoys curling up with a good book. Jackie is a workaholic whose idea of a good time is a brisk five-mile run at the crack of dawn. The two sisters couldn’t be more opposite.

Now Hope is stuck in the middle of a warm, tight-knit family she can’t help but adore and a groom who turns out to be entirely wonderful…for her.

Hotel magnate Brent Albright knows something is off about his fiancée, but he doesn’t care. Gone is the driven woman with similar career goals, and in her place is someone warm and funny who not only charms his family but him as well. She’s doing everything she can to avoid him, but that’s probably just nerves. Two people about to wed couldn’t know each other less.

Now Brent is determined to woo his fiancée, for real this time, because the more he gets to know her, the more his sweet fiancée turns out to be entirely wonderful…for him.

And that’s when things start to get really complicated…

This book started out a little hokey- like oh we’re adults, but I can’t make my own wedding week because I’m too busy, so I need you to play me like we used to do as kids- so I was so glad that Hope initially told Jackie that she wasn’t going to do it. I don’t 100% understand why she felt the need to change her mind once she got to Blue Hill, but fine, when your family’s name is on the line, I guess you deal. I got more and more angry at Jackie the longer the charade went on and the longer she pushed out her arrival time and the more Brent and Hope ended up liking each other. Overall, I really liked all of the characters (ugh besides Jackie, but like you need a villian/someone to hate) and the plot moved at a good pace. There were just enough cringey scenes that every good romance novel needs and the perfect amount of cute scenes and it ends with a great happy ending that’s actually super realistic. I really enjoyed the Duplicate Bride!

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