Reviewed by Kim Miner Litton
Many teens will come to me looking for a historical fiction novel in the young adult section and, honestly, it’s a bit hard to find them. Of the ones that do exist, many authors have trouble translating the historical experience without alienating (or boring) young readers. The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logstead had all the pomp and beauty of a Victorian historical with the creeping uncertainty of a Gothic mystery.
Young Lucy Sexton has the all the luxury of an upper class Victorian life. She even has had the luxury of a quiet, peaceful existence until the day that a mysterious woman, the perfect copy of her mother except for her shabby dress, comes to the door. She learns that her mother has a long lost twin who lives in poverty and destitution, her life a sad opposite of her sister’s.
When the family takes “Aunt Helen” in, Lucy gains an aunt who in some ways feels more like a sister as they learn to become fine Victorian ladies together. Helen becomes the star pupil, however, and soon she takes to life in society as though she were born to it. Helen seems bent on becoming indistinguishable from her lady sister in every way. What could possibly go wrong?
Along with suspense and an irresistible whodunit, young readers can get a taste of what life would look like growing up in Victorian England. I would recommend The Twin’s Daughter to older readers because of a few mature themes.
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