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The Black Sheep

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,087 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sam ☔️
This review contains 2 parts the first one is about the novella ( The Black Sheep ) & the other one is about the full length novel ( Getting Away With It) :

(The Black Sheep ) :
5 stars
This novella introduced Liza & Lee to us , identical twins with 100% different personalities , the devil & the angel .. or in this case virgin Mary & the black sheep
Funny introduction to L&L , definitely will read the full book - if i find it -
What I didn't like is that both the full novel &
Watermelon Daisy
May 21, 2011 Watermelon Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 21/07/2011
Author: Julie Cohen
Recommended for: fans of short stories
Edition: Kindle

I found this incredibly short story ( 19 pages) on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought that I would give it a go. I thought that this was a very good short read, perfect if you have a couple of minutes to spare. It is the kind of book that leaves you with a nice warm fuzzy feeling when you have finished it. The author is clearly very talented as she manages to combine the theme of being twins, Alz
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.
May 30, 2012 RLA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Rosie Review
Dec 02, 2012 Rosie Review rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-read
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
Dec 16, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are not enough stories like this, one off books where the story is perfect from start to finish, where all the loose ends are tied up so there is no need for a sequal and a story so entertaining it leaves the reader wanting more but at the same time the reader knows the story is best left where it ended. I loved it completely no critisisms not this could have been done better or I would have changed this here because it was fantastic. I loved Liza I loved Lee and I fancy Will what could be ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2011 Bella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 02, 2011 Pollypoptart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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.
Jun 12, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short story introducing the twins Liza and Lee Haven who appear in "Getting Away With It". Having read the book already, this mini story is a nice easy read.
Apr 17, 2011 Nell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable story from Julie Cohen. Ideal for a long holiday read.
Liz Fielding
Jun 19, 2011 Liz Fielding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The emotional journey of the heroine is impressively described and the cast of characters is a joy.
Talli Roland
Oct 29, 2010 Talli Roland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this in a few days. A fantastic read, full of emotion. Loved it!
Lidia Spoto
Jan 30, 2017 Lidia Spoto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to get into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. I loved both main characters Liza and Lee Haven and all the supporting characters. A definite read! I can't wait to read more by Julie Cohen.
Kate Sutton
The ice cream business and the crop circles were interesting and a really enjoyable part of the book - nice romance? very predictable... mostly unbelievable but thats this kind of fiction.
Sep 30, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy-on-kindle
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
Lucie Wheeler
Apr 02, 2011 Lucie Wheeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 19, 2011 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-com
‘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
Lisa Bentley
The Black Sheep by Julie Cohen is a prequel to her 2011 release Getting Away With It. Both are stories that focus on Liza and Lee; identical twin girls who are the absolute opposite of each other. Lee is a good wholesome girl who has a natural inclination to want to please people. She is pleasant and respectful. Liza is none of these things. She is petulant, moans when things do not go her way and very mischievous. Think a female version of Macauly Culkin’s character Kevin McCallister in Home Al ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2012 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
Apr 18, 2013 Shannen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read-2016
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May 01, 2014 Hasna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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