If I Were You

If I Were You Joan Aiken s last Nineteenth century romance is dedicated To all Female Writers past and present and tells the story of two identical but unrelated schoolfriends finishing the education at the Abbey

  • Title: If I Were You
  • Author: Joan Aiken
  • ISBN: 9780385239646
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Joan Aiken s last Nineteenth century romance is dedicated To all Female Writers, past and present and tells the story of two identical but unrelated schoolfriends finishing the education at the Abbey school, Reading, which Jane Austen attended with her sister, Cassandra This is not an Austen sequel, but tells the story of Alvey, one of the two girls, who agrees to impeJoan Aiken s last Nineteenth century romance is dedicated To all Female Writers, past and present and tells the story of two identical but unrelated schoolfriends finishing the education at the Abbey school, Reading, which Jane Austen attended with her sister, Cassandra This is not an Austen sequel, but tells the story of Alvey, one of the two girls, who agrees to impersonate the other in order to find herself a refuge where she can complete the novel she has always wanted to write The Deception proves all too easy, as the family she meets are in desperate need of her help With the conspiratorial assistance of Louisa s elder sisters, Alvey becomes a member of the troubled Winship family in a rambling Northumberland household After many complexities and entanglements, she wins their affections to such an extent that as the deception gradually unravels, Alvey is begged by the family to stay on, to the shock of the returning Louisa Aiken vividly evokes the ambiance of the great country house of the Regency period in a part of the English countryside she knew well from childhood visits.

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    1. Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short storiesW COLLECTION 2016 The People in The Castle book show 2See NEWS NEW PUBLICATIONS at facebook JoanAikenOffFollow THE JOAN AIKEN BLOG at joanaiken.wordpress For Joan s life and full Bibliography visit joanaiken Joan s Life in brief She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge.She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war,and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award 1969 and the Edgar Allan Poe Award 1972.Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase , was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.Another series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowski.Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting Of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

    2. Joan Aiken's writing so far hasn't disappointed me. Granted this story had a slow start, but then it was off to the races. The story is a bit of a crossover of Regency and Gothic genres. And yes one of the main characters is into Byron's writing.Try and find a copy and give it a go.

    3. As they prepare to leave their English boarding school, Louisa Winship has a dangerous proposal for orphaned Alvey Clement: they look so much alike they could be twins, so why doesn't Alvey return to Louisa's home and family, posing as Louisa and freeing her to pursue a forbidden life as a missionary in India? Alvey is intrigued despite herself and accepts, taking her place within Louisa's family. As she struggles not to reveal her identity, warm-hearted Alvey is drawn deeper into the family's t [...]

    4. This was lent to me by a friend and pitched as "in the style of 'Anne of Green Gables' meets Jane Austen" which I found to be an incredibly accurate description.

    5. For some reason I was expecting something Heyer-esque. Something romantic and fun.Instead, four people die during the course of the book. One's a suicide. One's a murder. One's due to old age, and the last is due to extended illness and/or a hereditary condition (I don't know whether the condition weakens the immune system). People become maimed and suffer strokes. Once I'd become aware of the dark nature of this novel, I spent a good portion of it expecting the odious Mr. Thropton to sexually a [...]

    6. I bought a copy of this after reading a glowing review from another member (I'll try to figure out who). I assumed it would be a book suited to one of my teen daughters - more of a young adult/tween kind of book (not that that is a bad thing).Well, I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Good writing, interesting plot, likeable heroine - this story almost had it all. I say it almost had it all because (view spoiler)[ there was no real love interest. I kept expecting it to happen with the [...]

    7. What a delightful romp ! This novel started off as a conventional Regency novel - you know, young lady lands herself in remote country house with a couple of young men in the offing - one a wounded veteran of Waterloo with aquiline blonde good looks and the other his intelligent companion in arms who is interested in psychiatry about a 100 years before Freud. There is a cranky Grandmother, a morose father, a mother who is an obsessive gardener, a thick-legged teenage daughter, a couple of enchan [...]

    8. The exchange of places between two school girls takes place so one can achieve her missionary goal of telling the heathens how wrong they are while the other seeks a quiet place to write her novel. The story follows Alvey north to Louisa's home near Hadrian's wall. There she finds the family readying for the eldest daughters marriage and the imminent return of the eldest son following Napoleon's defeat. This novel has more of the feel of a multigenerational family saga than a regency comedy beca [...]

    9. I love Aiken's writing style. The book presented an interesting premise and the language and writing are witty and delightful. But I found the character development to be disappointing, especially the drastic change in personality and behavior of certain persons. And then, the ending! WHAT a disappointment. The entire book builds toward the crisis of what Alvey will do when her masquerade ends and thenwe're not told! So sorry to give a favorite author a 2 star review, but there it is.

    10. I really do love Joan Aiken's books each one has such a unique and different story. At first I thought this was going to be just like the Disney classic "The Parent Trap". But it is not, it is an interesting tale with interesting characters and a different twist on look-alikes. Easy to read and entertaining.

    11. About two girls in Regency England who meet at an English boarding school and discover how much they look alike. They decide to trade places for a year, and when the truth comes out, the one girl is begged to stay on, to the displeasure of her "twin."

    12. A flawed book, yet totally lovable. In the early 19th century, doppelgängers secretly change places and writer Alvey goes to live with obnoxious Louisa's noble family in Northumberland. I became so attached to the characters and setting that I didn't want the book to end.

    13. This is a story about two women who look alike switching places. I read it as a child and I liked it so much I've re-read it maybe 5 times.

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