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The Switch
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2000
Lynsay Sands is my favorite writer of romantic comedy and I loved The Switch. Twins are always fun, and I loved watching the bewildered hero try and figure out what was going on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2008
The book started out strong for me and I enjoyed the ruse for a while, but the story seemed to dwindle toward the end. I actually think it would have been better had it ended about 50 pages before it did. While I was reading I thought to myself, "It should have ended there." That last bit just seemed a little stuck on there, and was not necessarily necessary. The story is still and enjoyable light read, and I couldn't put it down during the first half. The twins were a great pair and a good idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This time LS skewers the old twin switch and girl masquerading as a boy. The twins are looking for husbands to avoid their evil uncle. They take turns being the boy which drives their perspective lovers crazy. Very funny. The major characters are well written and there is even more of a plot than I expected for a parody. Bessie's marriage is hilarious as are her problems dealing with the staff. Overall very nicely done.

An excellent read if you like humor not to be taken at all seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2008
Well, another good funny story line with great characters. I enjoy this author because of the different story lines she comes up with. Just enough action, mystery, humor and steamy parts. I didn't want to put the book down. It was just different and even though I doubt the switch could acually happen I had fun reading it. I would recommend this book especially if you like Lynsay Sands stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love reading Lindsay Sands. Her books can always make me smile. I love the humor she injects in her writting. I don't know why but I have passed on this book several times before but I was in the mood for some laughs and so I bought it. I did love the pretense of the story but as the cherade went on for most the book I was growing tired of all the obvious clues that escaped Radcliffe's notice. No one is that stupid. I just didn't see the need to keep it going on as long as it did. I felt she could have made it just as good taking it in another direction. I grew bored and tired towards the end and skimmed over to get to the end. I assure you that is not usually my response to a Lindsay Sands book and one hope to never experience again. That was just my experience to the book others may not be bothered it did have funny parts that made me laugh, just not up to her usual standards for me.
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on July 17, 2014
I actually want to give this book 2.5 stars, but rounded up since Amazon won't let me do that.

Before I read this, I would have said I was a Lynsay Sands fan. I bought it when I saw the high reviews, because I very much enjoyed the Devil of the Highlands trilogy, as well as several of her regency-period novellas. I haven't read anything in her vampire series as I'm just not much of a fantasy person, but I have read enough to know that I enjoy her writing style. In the books I had read before, I sometimes thought scenes were a little silly but could skim through or overlook them for the sake of the rest of the story,. That wasn't possible with this book, since I was rolling my eyes almost all the way through. Nothing, from the premise to the dialogue to the characters' behaviors were in any way appropriate to the time-period or in the least bit believable. The romance between the main characters certainly wasn't. There was no heat, no attraction, just random moments when Radcliffe kissed Charlie out of the blue, to emphasize that he was only attracted to her and not to Beth, which any reader with half a brain understood from pretty early on. The scenes were steamy, but I didn't really have any emotional attachment to the characters as a couple.

There were times when I felt like the romance actually distracted from the main plot, because while the romance was so weak, I actually really enjoyed reading about Charlie's experiences as a man, and her perceptions of the world around her and the on-goings of life as a man, as well as her attempts to help those around her. I found her very strong, practical, and charming, and decided to give the book an extra star because of her, but Radcliffe's only redeeming quality was the ability to put up with the misfits Charlie brought home. Once everyone knew that Charlie was a woman, I truly did lose interest, and finished just for the sake of it.

I'll be donating this book to the library.
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on February 6, 2014
Just to be clear, I am a big Lynsay Sands fan, of both her modern and historic romances, and I don't want my review to discourage any potential readers from not trying her books.

The book takes the theme of dressing like a man in Regency-era London to a whole new level when Charlie (short for Charlotte) and her twin Beth flee to London to escape arranged marriages. They meet the handsome hero, Jeremy, while making their escape and conflict ensues when he finds himself attracted to Charlie. I won't go into detail on the plot as some other reviewers have already done a great job summarizing it, but I will list my concerns with the book and let you be the judge:

SPOILER ALERT

1. Relationship Development: I felt like she tried to cram too much into the book with the second love story for Beth, the other twin, the plot to get Charlie to marry yet another depraved lunatic, blackmail, etc. There wasn't much development between Charlie and Jeremy; it just moved so quickly.

2. The Ending: Again, this moved so quickly. One minute Charlie was angry because she wasn't being treated as an equal, and then suddenly everything is okay? There were also some rather out-of-character moments, like Jeremy taking SEVERAL hours to get dressed up in women's clothing to rescue his beloved.

3. The Pregnant Woman Climbing on Top of a Man: As other reviewers have noted, Charlie's sister climbs onto a man's back after he beats a child while she's 8 to 9 months pregnant...?!#@!$@ Really?

4. Random Plot Points: The maid Charlie rescued from a whorehouse suddenly becomes a member of the peerage from an accidental marriage and then her husband dies a couple minutes later. People are insulting her and treating her like dirt, and Lynsay just kind of leaves us hanging as to what happened to her (hopefully she's writing a sequel!). I also felt like the blackmail thread jumped into the plot and then jumped back out and then jumped back in. There were just so many things going on it felt a little overwhelming towards the end trying to keep up with everything.

I gave this book three stars because I really liked Charlie (up until the last scene, and I just pretend like that didn't happen) and I felt like Jeremy had a good heart.
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on May 30, 2012
In my research to discover which books are considered the best of the best, using the star rating system reviews written by the wonderful readers of the world on Amazon, I came across this book "The Switch", by Lynsay Sands. This book appealed to my tastes and after many months of attempting to track it down, in person (because the hunt is the fun part!), I finely found my quarry in a used book store. Wow, was it a shock to finely find it! It was very hard to find because it's one of those beloved books that readers hang onto. Forever. I read it immediately and here is what I think. I'm keeping mine!

I really enjoyed it! It did live up to my expectations that I had formed from reading what others thought about it. So the reviews DO help greatly! The only thing that I found that I did not like about this book, that one reviewer had mentioned and warned about, was true. At chapter nineteen "The Switch" shifts and changes into another type of story, kind of. It becomes very silly and I felt a loss of the main two characters connection to one another. And the ending was strange. Even though it changed, I thought it was still a very good book. I would have loved and enjoyed reading more about Radcliffe's feelings about Charlie at the end of this story. Over all though, I laughed a lot and thoroughly enjoyed this gender switching romp. I will read this book again. "The Switch" goes on my keeper shelf and is highly recommended! Enjoy!

Grade: A-
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
To boy or not to boy....LOL...that is the question!!! If you have not found this delightful book that is full of sides-splitting laughter, then you have really missed a delightful novel! This is an early Lynsay book with a gorgeous new cover, that quickly helped establish her as the Queen of Historical Hijinx with this case of Switcheros!

When Jeremy Radcliff first meets 'Charlie' and his sister, they are escaping from their uncle - taking turns in the guise of one of them playing a young gentleman and the other a widow to observe propriety and escape detection. Problems abound when Jeremy "insists" on escorting them to London! From the first, when Charlie sets eyes on the handsome lord - and then promptly falls out a window - she knows her guise as a lad is doomed to failure or frustration! She is not sure which!

A glorious great tale sure to help pass a rainy weekend! I do not recommend reading this on the beach - as you will having everyone staring at you wondering why you are howling hysterically!
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on April 23, 2012
Ya get the gist of this story right from the start...so...yeah, sometimes painfully predictable. The foundation is quite amusing and fast paced (you're reeled in quickly)...but the plot begins to unravel quickly with lots of "huh's?"...and become's frikkin' dumb. I mean, WHY do these twins keep Radcliffe in the dark for so long? Criminy...there's just no plausible explanation! And Lord Radcliffe...I realize he's an English Gentleman of Nobility.. blah blah...but cripes...grow a pair Sir! Chew on rocks or somethin' if ya gotta.

Humorous situations at time that still make this a page turner...but like I said, it unravels pretty frikkin' quick.

(...why can't anyone break a frikkin' frakkin' window when you're being held prisoner with threat of death??...hmmmm??) Doesn't make much sense.

But really...having said all THAT...still enjoyable and definitely worth three stars.
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