Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blog Tour: Double Take (Review)

What do you do when your life is not all it's cracked up to be? Get a new one.

It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over decisions on colleges, her parents' bickering, and pressures from her boyfriend, Madison gets in her car and just drives away. 

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Anna Fisher wants to escape the so-called simple life of the Amish--which for her consists of caring for younger children, sewing, cooking, and gardening--and she's well aware that her future will simply be more of the same with a man she doesn't love. 

Worlds collide when Madison and Anna meet for the first time in a small town, realize they look uncannily alike, and decide the grass is greener on the other side. Neither of them will ever be the same.

What I Thought
What happens when you take the traditional tale of the "prince and pauper" and write it from the perspective of two teenage girls, one of which happens to be Amish.

The result, is Melody Carson's newest book - Double Take - a surprisingly fun and light-hearted, yet poignant novel for teen and adult readers, alike.

I'll admit when I was a bit skeptical about this book. I mean, do we really need another novel set among the Amish. But here's the deal - Carson has not crafted a typical "Amish" novel.

Instead, this is really the tale of two young women, one of which happens to be Amish - who are struggling to discover who they are and how they fit into their world.

The one thing I wish... that the book would have kept going - or maybe flashed forward say 10 years in a closing chapter, to show how the girls took what they learned, to change their lives.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give it a four. It's a fun, coming of age novel. Definitely a fun summer read that will probably get passed around to several young women I know.

About The Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie.

She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Carson was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books in 2010 and 2011. She and her husband live in central Oregon. For more information visit her website at

Online Resources
Buy Double Take @
Read an excerpt of Double Take

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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