The Pretender

The Pretender

by Katie Ward


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France 2000: Two babies are born on the same day just two hours apart – but to very different lives. Isabella is born a Princess and heir to the French throne, while Sophia is born into a life of poverty and abuse. At the age of 18, Sophia runs away from home. That same night, Isabella is also fleeing from the burden of her royal life when she finds Sophia slumped at the Palace gates. Amazed by how alike they look, Isabella proposes a daring plot – to exchange lives for one week. Finally able to grasp the freedom Isabella craves, she leaves her royal life behind to begin again as an unknown teenager. Meanwhile, Sophia is left in the Palace but unable to account for her sudden inability to recognise her own family, fears are raised for her health. Sophia realises she has to act quickly and seeks to try and learn as much as she can in a short space of time to ensure that she does not let Isabella down. But as the situation takes and unexpected turn will it end in heartbreak?

'The Pretender' is an emotionally intense and compelling story of friendship, love and the strange power of destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781916430020
Publisher: Katie Ward
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Katie Ward always knew that she wanted to write for a living. After completing a degree in Journalism at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, she moved to Dublin. While there, she had a short story published in an anthology titled Do the Write Thing which was part of a competition being run by Irish TV show Seoige and O’Shea. This story was originally written when Katie was 14 after she was inspired by an article in her favourite teen magazine. The anthology reached the Irish Bestsellers List. Katie was also shortlisted for a competition judged by Man Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle a few months later.
The Pretender is her first Young Adult novel.

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The Pretender 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mind-of-Luxe 4 months ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. *Just to let you know, this book touched up on themes of abuse.* This is such a heartwarming read that it got me turning the pages constantly! With a more young adult twist on the classic The Prince and the Pauper, this book is absolutely charming. The story started off interestingly with the horrific childhood of Sophia. I sympathize for her deeply as the abuse she put up with was entirely too much, especially for a child at such a young age. Yet, despite that, she shouldered on and continued to be the kind person that she is, so I admire her for that. On the other hand, there’s Princess Isabella, privileged with a royal title yet shackled by the restraints that it holds, all she wants is to experience life unfettered. Her strong personality is what I love most about her. She is willing to take huge risks just to pursue the direction she set her heart into. I really enjoyed reading The Pretender as I have a soft spot for royalty. This one also gives profound life realizations that may or may not have dawned on you before. I love that reading this book doesn’t just entail leisure but it provides an essential takeaway to its readers as well. Overall, I recommend you try this one out, especially if you’re a fan of retellings!