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The Invention of Sophie Carter

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Identical twin sisters take turns swapping places over the course of a summer in order to pursue their secret ambitions in Samantha Hastings' Victorian YA romance.

1851. Bounced from one begrudging relative to another their whole lives, orphaned identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter have always relied on each other for love and support, even though the sisters couldn't b
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Orphaned twins head to London with different skills and ambitions but ultimately similar end goals. Sophie is technically minded and wanting to achieve independence through invention, and Mariah is the more sensitive, artistic bookworm. They stay with an aunt who is under the impression that she is hosting just one of them for a season, which they spend together by partially sharing an identity and trying to create a better future for themselves.

You have to suspend disbelief a bit, but who does
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I'm such a sucker for stories about twins. Maybe it's my Sweet Valley Twins obsession, maybe it's because evil twins were such a recurring plot thread in Scholastic's Point Horror novels, either way: I NEED ...more
Sophie and Mariah are identical twins, on the outside they are a mirror of each other but on the inside, they are night and day. Mariah is the romantic, the artist, the softer one, thinking with her emotions. Sophia the logical one , the inventor, less trusting, more of a leader than a follower. Both are kind, caring and talented. Both have been treated as if they were noting, unwanted and unloved. Orphaned at childbirth, sent way from their foster parents after the birth of their own child, to ...more
Tricia Levenseller
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about the bond between these sisters. The romances were super cute. And just the concept was so great: two girls forced to pretend to be the same person. It made for all kinds of romantic tension, which everyone knows I’m a fan of!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The inventions of Sophie Carter, this book was such a cute read. Two sister pretending to be one to get out of a life they didn’t deserve. The relationship between the sisters, was my favorite part besides the romance. Sophie in particular was very out spoken and told it like it is, that is me on a deep level. Her sister, Mariah was more like my sister, sweet and emotional but feisty when it comes to her sister. I related to them in my relationship with my sister. Which makes this book even more ...more
Olivia Wildenstein
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Victorian YA romance was completely unputdownable.

Both sisters were so well developed and you couldn’t help but get attached to them and to their male leads.

I had a particular soft spot for Sophie because she was the toughest and most determined of the twins, which reminded me a lot of my mother (also a twin).
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A witty, adorable, YA historical novel you simply can’t miss! The characters are absolutely charming. The plot is delightful. The romance is swoony. And the story is a breath of fresh air, which we could certainly all use right now. I will gleefully read every book this amazing author writes.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
"None of us are the same, and we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. Our comparisons are invariably false when we compare their strengths to our weaknesses."

England, 1851: Orphaned and grudgingly cared for by their reluctant guardian, identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter don't think they need anyone else when they have each other.

What the sisters need, desperately, is a chance at lives filled with more than the drudgery they've known for the last ten years. Sophie dreams of using her cloc
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book turned out to be a nice surprise for me, I really liked both Sophie and Mariah and their adventures made for a very light-hearted and enjoyable read. It was definitely naive and idealistic like a Disney movie and the author took quite a few historical liberties but it all didn't matter in the end because the final version of the novel is adorable. ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting!! I loved the balance between the Mariah and Sophie--their personalities and interests. Mariah's quiet determination and Sophie's self-assured spunk and the way they support one another was lovely. Sister stories all the way!! I love all the historical aspects too--the Crystal Palace and the Pre-Raphaelite movement among painters. I wanted to google all the names of painters and important people to see if they were based on real people. The world building is lovel ...more
Allisa White
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever since Samantha talked about this book at her book launch for The Last Word, I've been sooo excited to read this book! Twin hijinks are my favorite! And you know my love for sister stories ;)

Lasting Impressions

Sophie and Mariah could not be more unlike each other. Sophie is inventive, strong-willed, and fiery in nature while Mariah is quiet, creative in the arts, and empathetic to all those around her. Yet they both wish to be free of their past of hurt and neglect by people who were suppose
Addie Thorley
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Hastings writes the wittiest, cleverest, most fun historical fiction! I'm a huge fan of her debut, The Last Word, and Sophie Carter is every bit as fabulous. Sophie and her identical twin sister, Mariah, leapt off the page from the very first chapter. I really liked how different they were, while still being fiercely loyal to one another. That's actually one of my favorite things about Hasting's work in general: her portrayal of strong female friendships/ women supporting women during t ...more
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B.R. Myers
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A splendid tale of a sisterly scheme complete with hijinks and plucky ambition will satisfy readers with its historical detail and adorably awkward situations. THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER by Samatha Hasthings is a well-crafted YA historical romance that readers will find charmingly addictive.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

While it didn’t seem terribly authentic to the time period, and it got a little cheesy at times, it was still a cute read.
Katherine Paschal
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, historical, romance
**Come visit me at Smada's Book Smack **

I do not really ever seek out historical fiction to read, it is usually just not my thing, but after hearing this author talk about her debut book The Last Word at a book event last year (she is one of my local authors so I met her before her book came out) I knew I had to read it- and I did and absolutely adored it (you can read my review HERE ). When I discovered she had a second historical fiction/romance coming out, there was no doubt I was going to
Jacqueline Firkins
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hastings has done it again with her sophomore novel, giving us a modern heroine (or, rather, TWO modern heroines!) in a fun period setting. The twin confusions play out like scenes from a Shakespearean comedy, adding both humour and dramatic tension, but the heart of the novel lies with two girls who balance their vocational pursuits with their desire to love and be loved. For all the ball gowns and teas, it's a modern conflict and it's this thoughtful juxtaposition of Then and Now that seems to ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Invention of Sophie Carter surprised me. I'm not one to usually read historical fiction (you can probably tell by the lack of posts/reviews on them lol), but when I heard about this one there was enough interest to pick it up. I was a bit hesitant to dive into it, with so much going on lately there are many other books I'd pick up first, but so happy this found a place in 2020. And that's because of all the feels it stirred in me, with many tears being shed (both happy and sad ones). 

Both sis
Karen Thornell
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Two love stories in one? Yes, please!

I loved both girls so much--Sophie was fiery and tenacious, and Mariah was soft-spoken and kind. Watching them both fall in love was a delight!

I bought a hard copy of this book without even reading any of Hasting's other work, simply because the plot line was THAT intriguing! And it didn't disappoint! Two girls pretending to be one, two gentlemen falling in love with "one" girl, and an aunt who wouldn't welcome them both... what could go wrong?? It
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story of sisters and harassing what could be! Full RTC
Rameela (Star)
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Initial thoughts: the premise was so intriguing and I loved the sister relationship and family and love in this! While i did wish there was more romance, I did love the sisterly love and the story was fun!

Full review to come on my blog:

I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good historical fiction novel, mistaken and hidden identities, a bit of a parent trap style narrative, and a beautiful sisterly bond. If you enjoy sneaking out through windows, passionate women of the arts and clocks,
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Invention of Sophie Carter is a great historical fiction. The writing style is fantastic and immersive, and the setting was a lot of fun. I really liked Sophie and her love interest, but I wanted more development between Moriah and hers. I wouldn't have minded if it was a little bit longer! I also liked the development in the relationship of the twins. It was nice to see them grow! ...more
Jenni Walsh
Samantha Hastings is two for two with interesting premises + sweet romances. I was immediately drawn to The Invention of Sophie Carter, mostly because of a trifecta of great title, cover, and premise. Dating back to watching Full House as a kid, I was blown away by the idea of two actors trading off playing a single Michelle Tanner. Ever since, I've loved the "twins changing places" or "twins pretending to be one girl" trope. I enjoyed how Hastings brought it to life in her sophomore novel, and ...more
Alexander Delacroix
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read The Invention of Sophie Carter from the moment Swoon Reads announced its publication. The story concept intrigued me, and Samantha Hastings’ writing doesn’t disappoint. From the first page, I found myself sympathizing with feisty Sophie and her shy twin Mariah. The well-plotted tension drew me from one scene to the next, especially whenever the actions of one twin threatened to unravel the hopes and dreams of the other. This was one of those rare stories that made me want to loc ...more
S. Cinders
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story!! I love the idea that even when you are faced with some challenging trials, you can not rise above them. But do it with humor, class, and style. Five stars, one-click for sure!
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


Oh this is just such a lovely gem of a book, certainly cementing Samantha Hastings as an auto-buy author for me. Her previous book was such a hit for me, and this one was even more so! 

Sophie and Mariah are twin sisters who have kind of had a pretty tough go of it. They're orphans, and every family who has taken them in has eventually shipped them right back out. It's sad, really, an

The Invention of Sophie Carter is a young adult victorian era romance by Samantha Hastings. This novel was utterly adorable and completely lovable. It felt like a Victorian era parent trap, which was a ton of fun. Swoon Reads somehow manages to always pick the perfect books and perfect authors to release feel good romances that are sure to put a big smile on your face. And The Invention of Sophie Carter is no different. I loved this book and I had a blast reading it. 

In The Invention of Sophie C
Cathy | A Case Full of Books
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was such a fun Historical Fiction read!

The Invention of Sophie Carter is about orphaned twin sisters Sophie and Mariah. Determined to make a living as an inventor and no longer need to rely on others for charity, Sophie asks her estranged aunt if she can stay with her so she can attend the Great Exhibition. Her aunt agrees, but only to have Sophie as a guest. And only so Sophie can find a husband.

But Sophie is not going to leave her sister behind. Instead she comes up with a plan. Both sis
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

This book was such a sweet, hopeful, and heartfelt read. The sort of perfect pick me up after a year that's been rather rough, to put it mildly. The heroine(s) are fantastic and this is a 100% vibe of Jane Austen meets The Parent Trap.

Once more Hastings has me within the first few pages, her style is effortless and the characters modern enough to relate to while regaling us all in a historical time period. Hastings has also proven herself to be an auto-buy
Whitney (Read.Ridinghhod)
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read! I loved how Sophie and Mariah’s characters developed. I loved watching them realize hard truths and discover so much about themselves.

I also loved how Adaline wasn’t a villain. It beautifully articulated that there doesn’t always have to have that jealous female character.

Such a fun, read-it-in-one-sitting kind of book. And the swoon! There’s plenty of that!
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Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey-sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. THE LAST WORD is her debut novel.

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