Wednesday 15 July 2020


Title: The Invention Of Sophie Carter
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Author: Samantha Hastings
Genre: Historical Romance, YA
Release Date: 14th July 2020

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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 be more different.

Brash Sophie wants to be an inventor, and demure Mariah wants to be an artist. Both long to visit London for the summer—Sophie to see the Queen’s Great Exhibition and Mariah to study the world’s finest collection of paintings. But when their cantankerous aunt answers their letter pleading for a place to stay, she insists she only has time and room to spare for one of them.

So, Mariah and Sophie hatch a clever scheme: They will travel to London together and take turns playing the part of “Sophie”.

At first the plan runs like clockwork. But as the girls avoid getting caught by increasingly narrow margins and two handsome gentlemen—both of whom think they’re falling in love with the real Sophie Carter—enter the equation, the sisters find they don’t have the situation quite as under control as they thought.



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.

How did you come up with the title of The Invention of Sophie Carter? The working title for the manuscript was, Turns. It referred to the sisters switching places and to a clock tool (The "turns" was a small bow-operated lathe used by clockmakers for furbishing parts and for working gear blanks to size). My editor wanted to change it and we went through many titles. My last suggestion was The Season of Invention and my editor’s favorite was The Season of Sophie Carter. She mashed them together to create: The Invention of Sophie Carter.
Where did you get your inspiration from for The Invention Of Sophie Carter? Did you draw any inspiration from Parent Trap? Actually, the Parent Trap comparison is something that my publisher added. I pitched it as a “twin swap” but there are definitely similarities to the movie: humor, hi-jinks, and close calls.  
Which Parent Trap film do you prefer? The 1961 version with Hayley Mills playing the twins? The 1998 version with Lindsay Lohan playing the twins? My favorite is probably the 1961 version with Hayley Mills because I watched it as a kid (as well as the two sequels). But I love in the 1998 version with Lindsay Lohan, that one of the twins is British.
If The Invention of Sophie Carter was to be made into a film who would you cast for which roles?
Sophie/Mariah Carter: Ellie Bamber 
Lord Charles Bentley: Jeremy Irvine
Ethan Miller: Logan Shroyer 
Adaline Penderton-Simpson: Mackenzie Foy
How long did it take you to write The Invention of Sophie Carter? I wrote the first draft of The Invention of Sophie Carter in 2016. I revised it in 2017. I rewrote the second half in 2018 and Swoon Reads bought it! Then the story went under more revisions from my editor in 2019. And the final invention comes out July 14, 2020.
What can we expect in the future from you? A Royal Christmas Quandary comes out October 6, 2020. Lady Alexandrina Gailey (Drina) is looking forward to a cozy Christmas holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But nothing goes as planned. Alice has to pick a prince to marry and George has lost one of the princes. Between mischief and mistletoe, can Drina help her friend to the perfect proposal? And will she get her own Christmas wish? When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.



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