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The Black Sheep

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Eine unvergessliche Schwesterngeschichte vom Weglaufen und Nach-Hause-Finden

Als Kind konnte Liza Haven es kaum erwarten, ihrem beschaulichen Heimatort Stoneguard zu entfliehen. Lange war sie schon nicht mehr dort – seit jenem schrecklichen Weihnachtsfest, als die Mutter Lizas Schwester Lee zu ihrer Nachfolgerin in der familieneigenen Eiscreme-Manufaktur bestimmte. Als Liza
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Published July 21st 2011 by Julie Cohen, via Smashwords
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Watermelon Daisy

Although I'm barely a teenager, this is one of my favourite stories of all time.

Everything about it screams original, from the way Liza and Lee switch places and to how they manage to overcome their challenges in their own way. Something I really loved, is how this story didn't include ANY stereotypical characters. There was Lee, which if you read the book, also has a dark side which is nowhere NEAR what she's known for.

Then there's Liza, who pretends she doesn't care about anything, but deep in
I have read a few of Julie Cohen's Mills & Boon books in the past, but not any of her more mainstream stuff. I was recommended to read her latest 'The Summer of Living Dangerously' and I saw this one at the same time so I thought I would give it a go.

Let me tell you... This will definitely not be my last of hers, I loved it!

I was really intrigued by how the author would make the whole 'twin-switch' idea work, it had potential to be very cliché ridden, but it wasn't at all. Instead this was a
Nicola Marsh
Another wonderfully warm novel from Julie Cohen.

It made me smile and sniffle and ultimately left me feeling warm and fuzzy.

She skilfully tackles themes of twins, sibling rivalry, Alzheimer's and blends them into small town life.

Really enjoyed it.
Liza Haven couldn’t wait to escape the small village where she grew up with her perfect identical twin sister, Lee. Her life in LA as a stunt woman is reckless, fast and free – and that’s just the way she likes it. But when a near-fatal mistake drives her home, she finds Lee gone and everyone in the village mistaking her for her twin sister. Liza has to deal with her ailing mother, the family ice cream business, and Lee’s dangerously attractive boyfriend. Liza’s always been the bad twin, but as ...more
‘Getting Away With It’ is a funny, warm read with an addictive plot, likeable and relatable characters.
Liza Haven returns to her hometown. She’s not been there since she ran following some shocking news from her mother and an argument with her sister Lee.
Liza arrives and Lee is nowhere to be found. When Lee does eventually get in touch and asks Liza to look after things for a while, Liza reluctantly agrees.
However, Liza starts to like being mistaken as her twin, ‘the good twin.’ She takes the
Rosaroter Mini
Liza führt ein atemberaubendes Leben als Stuntfrau. Alles läuft bestens, in LA ist sie gefragt. Bis zu ihrem 30. Geburtstag, an dem sie einen schweren Unfall hat. Was gibt es nach der langen Reha also Besseres zu tun als nach England in die Heimat zu fliegen und zu schauen, ob nicht dort ein Job zu finden ist und die Zwillingsschwester Lee zu besuchen, die schon lange meint, Liza solle sich daheim mal wieder blicken lassen. Besonders viel liegt Lee daran, dass Liza zu einer von ihr
Rosie Review
Taken from my blog:

So the gist of this book is there are two twins, one a “good” (Lee) then other “bad” (Liz). Lee disappears and Liz returns home to take her place running the family ice cream business. Liz takes her place because in their home village she’s not liked at all and feels it’s easier to pretend to be the good twin. I thought that it would be confusing as the twins have quite similar names but the story when following Liz is in first person where when f
3.5 stars.

A story about twins, sibling rivalry, mothers, small towns, escaping responsibilities and facing up to the inevitable. All with a scoop or two of ice-cream (perhaps the most fun part!) mixed with a dash of aliens and speeding cars. Yes, a little eclectic!

Basically, Liza's twin disappears for a while, so Liza steps (literally) into her shoes. Along the way, she discovers what she has missed out on while pursuing her 'glamorous' career.

A little bit too predictable in parts, but an easy
Getting Away With It features a great storyline about sisters Lee and Liza who are both getting away with it in their own ways. It focuses on the two sisters having to discover their true selves by being quite the opposite of what they are used to be doing. I loved the dynamic of the small town and how it just made me laugh at some parts. The romantic love line is quite predictable though, but still enjoyable.
A very enjoyable read. The identical twin switch idea is not exactly original - but this was different in that Liza (the rebel, care free twin) took on the role of absent twin Lee, the good, dutiful, conscientious, organized, hardworking sister, who in a moment of flight, runs away from her responsibilities with the family business and her mother, once at the helm and now suffering from dementia. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the story which began with Liza as a stunt rider on a film set ...more
This was a weird book. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it, as I read, and yet it was one of those stories I just couldn't put down. All in all, I really enjoyed it. Julie Cohen is a great author, and I think this is probably the best book I have read by her so far. I look forward to what comes next.
Megan Jones
This the perfect book for escaping with and I found myself lost in it and unable to put it down. The plot follows two twins, Lee the good twin and Liza the bad twin and details what happens when Liza has to pretend to be Lee. What follows is a hilarious journey that both Lee and Liza undertake to get to where they are at the end. I do have to say that I found it a little slow in places and I did have to persevere but it is worth it. Some of the characters are very annoying and just not like ordi ...more
Liz Fielding
I really enjoyed this book. The emotional journey of the heroine is impressively described and the cast of characters is a joy.
Talli Roland
I devoured this in a few days. A fantastic read, full of emotion. Loved it!
Another enjoyable story from Julie Cohen. Ideal for a long holiday read.
Kathryn Laceby
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I think perhaps I wasn't quite in the right mood for this novel. I found it rather long and was at times tempted to drop it. I kept going because I was convinced that others, who had enjoyed it, couldn't possibly be wrong! In the end, I did appreciate some aspects of Getting Away With It.

I liked the story of their mother and her plotting her own way to succumb to dementia. It was well written into the plot and seemed to show a natural and realistic progression
‘Getting Away With It’ is a great example of Chick-lit at its finest. It is well written, heartfelt and humorous – all in a perfect blend. By the end of chapter one, I was thinking, “This is in the same high league as Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella! It’ll get 5 stars for sure!!”

Alas, although the entirety of the book was really enjoyable, I have docked a star for four main reasons: Crop Circles, Speeding, Anabelle, and …Rock…

So, firstly, I’m not a big fan of people making crop circles. This
Lucie Wheeler
This is the first book I have read by Julie Cohen and I must say, I was not disappointed. It is one of the longest books I have read, however, I didn't find that it dragged or became stagnant in places. The pace was well kept throughout the novel and easy to pick up again after each reading.

The story is about Liza and Lee Haven. Twins who conformed to the typical good twin, bad twin format. Lee Haven has stayed her whole life in their hometown in Stoneguard, Wiltshire, looking after their mother
After abandoning two books in a row - one with only 50 pages left to read! - I needed a palate cleanser. I figured stepping outside my comfort zone and reading something that I would not normally pick up was a good idea - after all, my judgment had led me to two clunkers in a row so I didn't quite trust it.

I settled on this book by Julie Cohen because I knew I was going to be sharing a panel with her at the Windsor Fringe Festival and thought it would be nice to read the books of my co-panellist
Jinan H
3 stars
This is my first novel for Julie Cohen and i will definitely look for more. i just adore her way of writing ; not much boring descriptions and a good plot and very likable characters. The book was really great so dont judge it by me star rating. i took 2 stars away for the ending because i found it very unsatisfactory. you could say , not dramatic enough like the story's other parts.


here is my opinion about the ending

in the last scene, after liza fought with l
This book is true heavyweight coming in at 600 pages. I must admit I was daunted by the prospect of reading it, but once I got started, I was hooked and that was it for me. Elizabeth "Liza" Haven is the bad twin and Emily "Lee" the good one. Liza is a stunt double while Lee has given up a career as an antique restorer to take over the family's ice cream business. Liza comes home after many years of avoiding Stoneguard at her sister's request, only to find Lee missing and everyone thinking Liza i ...more
This seems like such a frivolous novel to begin with - the very girly front cover, the identity swap of the twin sisters at the centre of the novel, the stuntwoman job of Liza - that I felt as though it would be a throwaway book; one of those you read and then instantly forget. Getting Away With It is far from this - in fact, I think it will prove to be pretty unforgettable.

Cohen does incredibly well because at the start of the novel I really didn't take to Liza at all - she was selfish, prickly
Ahhhh loved it! I've got to admit I found it really difficult to read this book at first, infact I read the first 2 chapters and didn't read any more until a week later! But actually this book was brilliant! It really hit home for me as I should have actually been a twin, and to see the type of relationship that lee and Liza shared was really insightful. The people of stoneguard were just brilliant to read about. And although I never got to see it, I actually loved Liza's house. Well I loved it ...more
I recieved this book from the author through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you so much!!

Das Buch hat mir gefallen, aber mehr auch nicht. Es war eine nette Geschichte, die aber auch in mehreren hundert Seiten weniger hätte erzählt werden können. Erst zum Ende hin ist überhaupt etwas Interessantes passiert.
Der Stil war ok, hat mich aber an manchen Stellen wahnsinnig gestört, was aber auch an der Übersetzung gelegen haben könnte. Gestört haben mich außerdem die Kapitel aus Lees Perspektive.
Nicht ver
I had to get used to the book at first, especially the chapters with Lee in it I found confusing.
I must say that I think the naughty twin sister Liza was the best in this book, and not nearly as bad as she thinks she was.
All in all, a book which is easy to read.
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Maureen Reil
A pleasant and charming read about a couple of twins, who have to be in a village play and one gets to be Mary and the other a sheep. The sheep is not happy with this decision, so the little girl decides that if she is forced to do this then she will do it her way. Only it doesn't bode well for those concerned. This short story did what it intended to do which was a)introduce me to the writing of Julie Cohen and b)prove to me what a good writer this author is and lastly c)entice me to want to fi ...more
Erika Mager
Das Cover und die Erzählweise lassen auf eine leichte Frauen-Sommerlektüre schließen und stellenweise rutscht die Erzählung auch in seichte Pilcher-Gefilde ab. Trotzdem steckt sehr viel in dieser leichten Zwillingsschwestern-Geschichte.
Wo ist mein Platz in der Familie? Wer bin ich im Verhältnis zu meinem lebendigen Spiegelbild? Muss ich rebellieren, um ich selbst zu sein? Wie werde ich von meiner Mutter gesehen? - Alles Fragen, die sich Liza, die Hauptperson, stellt und denen sie sich ausgesetz
awesome... I really love this book.. though I don't think I will feel this way when I'm starting it, honestly. When I'm reading about Liza at the beginning of this book, I didn't like her..turn out that she's growing along the book. and Julie Cohen did this to all of her character. Lee, Mum, Will, even Ma Gamble, I learn that they have so much more than the first impression I had.. this character growing is something I love about a story.. so you can think that appearance can be deceptive.. we c ...more
Michaela Lake
This is an interesting story which explores the differences between the way we see ourselves and how others see us.

It's written in the first person, and the initial chapters are a bit negative, as the main character seems like a whinger. I almost gave up on it ... did I want to spend time in the company of this person? I'm glad I stuck with it!

The plot is believable and interesting. Slightly predictable, but that's normally the situation where romance is involved!

Read it for fun, but also to ma
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