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Thea e Romy são duas lindas bebés cujo futuro é ditado por uma moeda atirada ao ar. Separadas e vendidas na calada da noite, os seus destinos não podiam ser mais diferentes. Thea é enviada para os Estados Unidos, onde a espera uma vida de privilégio e luxo. Romy é internada num violento e degradado orfanato na Alemanha de Leste. Embora vivam em continentes diferentes, os sThea e Romy são duas lindas bebés cujo futuro é ditado por uma moeda atirada ao ar. Separadas e vendidas na calada da noite, os seus destinos não podiam ser mais diferentes. Thea é enviada para os Estados Unidos, onde a espera uma vida de privilégio e luxo. Romy é internada num violento e degradado orfanato na Alemanha de Leste. Embora vivam em continentes diferentes, os seus caminhos vão cruzar-se ao longo dos anos, sem que nenhuma conheça a identidade da outra. Mas os seus mundos acabarão por colidir um dia. Face a uma tragédia iminente, com tudo o que lhes é mais querido em jogo, elas têm apenas duas opções: destruírem-se mutuamente ou unirem-se, arriscando as próprias vidas, para descobrir a chocante verdade sobre o seu passado. Das vielas decadentes de Londres aos arranha-céus de Nova Iorque, das montanhas geladas da Europa de Leste às exuberantes praias das Caraíbas, duas mulheres unidas pelo poder invisível dos laços de sangue constroem as suas vidas numa luta permanente contra a arbitrariedade do acaso....

Title : Menina Rica, Menina Pobre
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ISBN : 9789892323084
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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Menina Rica, Menina Pobre Reviews

  • Susan Buchanan
    2019-03-25 01:16

    I received an ARC from the author, as I have read and enjoyed all of her other books in a different genre and was intrigued by this new departure. It's not the usual kind of book I would read, but reading the back cover, it reminded me of Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer, which I read about 15 years ago, but it was much better, more emotional. The separation of siblings at birth and what would happen to them, I knew would be a story that I would like. I just wasn't prepared for how much. I was gripped by the story right from the start. I stopped writing my own novel for 2 days, so I could read it, I was so hooked. I honestly didn't want it to end. The bravery of both sisters in the face of adversity was the key aspect I enjoyed. The way Joanna Rees painted such amazing characters, particularly one which I hated (I will leave it to you to read to find out who and I am sure you will agree with me) was fascinating. The story is set in several countries and I loved this. I am a great fan of Italy and the part set in Italy, I could vividly imagine and the family dynamic was very well depicted. Likewise, having visited New York, I could envisage Maddox Towers and I had no problem in seeing the places in my head. The contrast between the rich, luxurious lifestyle which one child was brought up in and the extreme poverty and horrors through which the other child lived was crafted exceedingly well. There are also power struggles, twists and turns and some rather disturbing scenes. All in all an amazing book, which I can't applaud enough.

  • Tempo de Ler
    2019-04-07 22:06

    Uma leitura compulsiva que nos leva numa viagem em busca da liberdade, da felicidade e, em última instância, da verdade.As irmãs Romy e Thea seguiram caminhos muito diferentes depois de terem sido separadas, ainda em bebés. Thea conheceu o luxo ao ser entregue a uma família rica, na América, e Romy familiarizou-se com o degredo ao ser colocada num orfanato na conturbada Alemanha de Leste. Ambas sofrem injustiças ao longo das suas vidas, enfrentando infelicidades enquanto os seus caminhos se cruzam sem que possam sequer imaginar a existência uma da outra.Joanna Rees apresenta-nos uma cascata de acontecimentos bem diversos e alguns deles bastante inesperados que tornam o livro muito interessante. Vou definitivamente ficar de olho no nome desta escritora já que Rees foi muito bem sucedida em prender o meu interesse à história com a sua excelente capacidade de síntese que confere o ritmo ideal à narrativa, mantendo no entanto uma cuidada atenção aos detalhes, sem tornar a história pesada ou aborrecida de ler.Senti a minha curiosidade ser espicaçada, encolerizei-me em momentos revoltantes e contra personagens verdadeiramente desprezíveis, ansiei pela reunião das irmãs e vibrei com o triunfo de ambas - em suma: adorei o livro!

  • Bruno Vinhas
    2019-04-04 01:09

    A História de duas irmãs separadas à nascença, às quais são atribuídos dois destinos diferentes, a mais velha vai para um orfanato na Alemanha de Leste enquanto que a mais nova é entregue a um dos casais mais ricos dos EUA. Joanna Rees mostra-nos através deste romance melodramático que a felicidade não está dependente da riqueza, mas sim do amor e do apoio das pessoas com quem nos relacionamos. Thea - a menina rica, vê-se numa situação de infelicidade após ter sido afastada das pessoas que mais amava, enquanto que Romy - a menina pobre, consegue escapar de um sítio odioso e conseguir uma vida melhor, depois de ter conseguido conhecer as pessoas certas.O livro explora temas como os abusos sexuais, a exploração humana e a corrupção.Considero a escrita de Joanna Rees muito "pop", fazendo alusões a músicas pop da época em que narrativa acontece e a marcas de designer conceituadas.Só não atribui 5 estrelas porque muitas situações da história são algo fantasistas, típicas de novela.Aventurei-me por um gênero que não é muito a minha praia e ainda bem que o fiz, pois gostei muito deste livro - sem dúvida uma leitura recomendada para quase todos os tipos de leitores.

  • Mariazita
    2019-03-23 01:36

    Duas irmãs separadas em bebés, Thea e Romy vão ter vidas completamente diferentes.Nascidas ma Alemanha , o seu destino foi traçado por uma moeda atirada ao ar.Thea é enviada para os Estados Unidos, e vai viver com uma família rica e viver uma vida entre o luxo, mas será que tudo isto traz a felicidade á pequena Thea.O destino de Romy vai ser o oposto da irmã, enviada para um orfanato, cresce num ambiente violento de fome e horror.As duas irmãs vão ter vidas diferentes mas ambas vão lutar pela felicidade, e um dia os seus destinos vão cruzar-se, as duas vão estar em lados opostos mas os laços de sangue vão junta-las e vão descobrir o seu chocante passado.Um livro muito bem escrito com personagens fortes e uma estória dramática, de luta e superação.

  • Sally Boocock
    2019-03-21 23:12

    An epic addicted read I read in one sitting.I was gripped from the beginning and wanted to see how t the story evolves.characters you hate and characters you love and all coming together in a great ending.A .book with a cosy fire and no interuptions.An excellent read

  • Liliana Carvalho
    2019-04-19 00:07

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  • Anna
    2019-04-13 03:06

    Melodramatic and over-long, but kind of good in a Dallas or Dynasty sort of way!

  • Liliana Rio
    2019-04-04 01:11

    5.0**

  • Leah
    2019-04-21 05:14

    Joanna Rees is a Chick Lit author that’s been about for years. Firstly as Josie Lloyd, then as a collaboration writer with her husband Emlyn Rees, then she became Jo Rees and now, in what could be her last(?) incarnation, she is Joanna Rees. I’ve never read any of her novels written solely by her, but I have read a couple of her collaboration books with her husband Emlyn Rees. I loved them, actually, and I was quite disappointed their partnership as writers (writership?), though they are still married, came to an end, as I loved their books and the dual narratives were always very interesting. Her new novel, with her new publisher Pan Macmillan, is probably like her Jo Rees novels, though I suspect it’s less sexy. (The novel says it’s glamorous and sexy and epic, but I found that strange, to be fair. It is a bit glamorous, but it’s not a sexy novel, though it is an epic.)A Twist of Fate tells the story of two girls, whose lives and fates were decided by the flip of a coin. First, there’s Thea Maddox, daughter of the Maddoxes, and who has everything a girl could ask for. A beautiful house, horses, privilige, wealth, and love. But after her mother dies, and as Thea grows up, she finds herself seeing the evil side of life. A side she couldn’t even fathom. Then there’s Romy. After growing up and escaping from her Eastern European orphanage, she finds herself catapulted into stardom as a famous model, but the things that occurred and happened when she was younger follow her around wherever she goes and she’s desperate to bury it, desperate for nobody to find out what happened. As the two girls lives collide and cross, will they ever find out how their lives really started or are they destined to never find out?When I started A Twist of Fate, I had no idea what to expect. I know Jo’s writing from her collaboration novels, but I knew this was a bit of a different genre from her collaboration novels. I found the novel absorbing. The two tales, of Romy and Thea was excellent. I loved how it went from Romy to Thea to Romy to Thea and back again. I liked seeing Thea’s wealth contrasting with Romy’s fight to survive. I thought both girl’s stories were fascinating for different reasons. What Romy had to do just to survive was horrific, but necessary and whilst Thea had the wealth and the privilige, well, after her mother’s death she also acquired a new step-mother and step-brother, a step-brother who is quite awful, I must say, and it just goes to show, your life isn’t going to necessarily be better or easier if you’re wealthy. I adored the novel. It honesly blew me away in ways I wasn’t expecting. I had no idea I’d enjoy the novel as much as I did, but Jo is an excellent writer.I would very much recommend A Twist of Fate. I’ve had a good run of good books recently and this one is up there with the best of them. I’m quite disappointed in myself for not having read it sooner. I will definitely be pre-ordering Joanna’s next novel as soon as it’s available because after A Twist of Fate, I am absolutely sure about what an excellent writer she is. I always find books written in the third-person to be harder to warm to, but Joanna has that knack of just getting it and it was almost as if the book was written in first-person, that’s how easily I managed to get into it and how much I felt we knew about Romy and Thea. I thought it was such a dramatic novel with so many twists and turns and I was dying for Romy and Thea to know about each other, and perhaps even meet each other, and each page sorta brought us a step closer to that. I really, really enjoyed it.

  • Anneke
    2019-03-28 00:28

    2.5 sterrenIk had gewoon ontzettende moeite om door dit boek heen te komen. Ten eerste: dit boek is basically de belichaming van de wet van Murphy, wat het voor mij heel frustrerend maakt om te lezen. (view spoiler)[Daarnaast waren veel dingen ook wel heel toevallig en ik zal je eens wat vertellen: hoe vaak de zussen elkaar wel niet tegen het lijf zijn gelopen zonder het te weten... ik werd er op den duur een beetje kregel van. Daarnaast vond ik het een beetje slap dat de dramatische gebeurtenissen bijna nooit in de tegenwoordige tijd gebeuren: het is net alsof de camera wegdraait net voordat de wereld vergaat. Dat maakt de hele boel een stuk minder voelbaar voor de lezer, want die leest er pas in het volgende hoofdstuk over, dat zich twee jaar later afspeelt, waardoor alles al lang in het verleden ligt.(hide spoiler)]Verder was het ook een boeiend boek: ondanks al mijn kritiek hierboven had ik wel feels op momenten. En de personages waren ook wel oké.Maar dat neemt niet weg dat ik de laatste helft van het boek geskimd heb, omdat het me allemaal te langzaam ging.

  • MomToKippy
    2019-03-29 00:20

    Really??? I really do not know how people rate stuff like this so highly. I have read 100 pages and don't think I will finish. In those 100 pages there have been at least 3 rapes of teens!!! and child pornography! I understand those topics could still be covered in a good piece of literature if handled properly but the writing is trite and cheesy. Very much all telling and not showing. The premise for the story is interesting and is what drew me in as well as the unusual locales and high ratings. What a huge disappointment. Another thing I disliked about this book was the constant brand name dropping. Do author's get paid for advertising or something??

  • Rachael Prescott
    2019-04-20 21:32

    One of the best books I've read in a while. I was gripped before the end if chapter one. Brilliant!

  • Cátia
    2019-04-12 05:32

    Embora com algumas discrepâncias na história, este romance soube-me bem e caiu-me que nem ginjas, lido em 2 dias, foi uma leitura bastante agradável..

  • Zézinha Rosado
    2019-04-06 23:30

    Um livro muito interessante, que me fez lembrar o estilo de escrita de Lesley Pearse.A história é um lugar comum que já foi tema de muitas obras: duas irmãs separadas em pequenas, cujas vidas tomaram rumos completamente diferentes, com níveis de vida bem distintos, mas que no final acabam por se reencontrar e descobrir toda a verdade sobre o passado de ambas.A narrativa transporta-nos a diferentes países e vai fazendo o paralelismo entre a vida das duas personagens principais: as irmãs Thea e Romy.Desde a difícil vida de um orfanato na Alemanha até à vida abastada de ricos empresários, somos levados a conhecer uma série de personagens que entram sempre no momento certo e dão um contributo importante ao desenrolar da história.Apenas acho que o momento do reencontro das duas irmãs deveria ter sido mais "rebuscado".... um livro de leitura fácil e agradável, que nos emociona em muitas das suas partes.

  • Tjitske
    2019-03-29 22:09

    A dark forrest, four criminals and two babygirls. One of them randomly picked to be sold to a rich family, the other girl transported to an orphanage in eastern Germany, growing up in a life of abuse and poverty. And so the story of Thea and Romy begins.The book alternates between both girls as they grow up. Although Thea grows up in a wealthy environment, by no means she has an easy life. And for poor Romy it doesn't mean she won't have some luck in hers. Yet both girls have hard times to endure. Think of murder, sexual abuse and blackmail.Both girls don't know about eachothers' existence but their life's touch eachother through the story in very subtle ways. As a reader you keep hoping they will find out about their bloodbond and all the bad things will eventually turn out for the best. I very much enjoyed this book. The reason it is not a *5 read is because the author went overboard with all the hardship the girls had to go through. Nevertheless a good read.

  • Smriti Brar
    2019-04-11 23:16

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story of 2 sisters, separated at birth and leading completely opposite lives, without knowing the existence of the other but eventually getting reunited.

  • Tori Wilson
    2019-04-09 23:27

    I thought A Twist of Fate was AMAZING. I normally wouldn't read a book that didn't have some sort of supernatural business in it, an book about everyday life is not normally my kind of thing, but I found A Twist of Fate to be quite an enjoyable read - to say the least.I've also never read anything that is, solely, about twins, either. I'm a twin myself, but I've never had the urge to read something that, in a way, relates to things and/or scenarios of my life. I'm not really a person to read books that are, kinda, about everyday life; to me they bore me most times. So I, personally, normally, like to read something that, at least, has a little hint of supernatural detail in them.I'm not sure, but, as soon as I saw this book, something inside of me compelled me to buy it. It was like 'fate', if that's even possible, or something wanted me to read this particular book, I would not have thought about reading it otherwise. To be honest I don't know what drew me to this book, but I am really, extremely, glad that something did. It wasn't the best thing that I have read, but it is certainly amongst them.When I describe this book to people, I don't do it justice, I just somehow make it sound like, in a peers point of view, like 'Parent Trap'. Though, I am going to tell you now, it is nothing at all like 'Parent Trap' - far from it my friends.What I think, though, is that if you enjoy reading books - on a, pretty much, permanent basis - then you will definitely enjoy this one. I guarantee it.Yes, I know, I only gave it four stars - while saying the book was amazing - but don't let that fool you. Or even deter you from reading it. The plot was amazing, it was written beautifully - it all goes and says five stars - but something was telling me that it missing something. I don't know, really, what but the Je ne sais quoi wasn't there.

  • Margarida
    2019-04-19 22:08

    Gostei? Sim… acho que sim! Mais ou menos! Ideia base interessante, temas pertinentes, dois países politicamente opostos (Alemanha de Leste e Estados Unidos) temática que no entanto poderia ter sido mais explorada.Um início prometedor, mas depois descambou! Demasiadas páginas para contar um história, que bem aproveitada seria perfeita com menos 200 páginas!Demasiado romance de cordel, fez-me lembrar os livrinhos “Sabrina” e outros do género que li na minha adolescência, que na altura me agradaram, confesso, mas que agora acho completamente irreais. Muito drama, muitas desgraças, segredos e reviravoltas pelo meio, quase uma telenovela mexicana, que não me convenceu! Uma Romy, que de órfã numa instituição algo duvidosa, passa demasiado facilmente a menina rica; que sai sempre airosa de situações das quais na realidade seria impossível ou pelo menos muito difícil sair; tudo o que ela quer acontece num ápice e sem que se perceba muito bem como! Não consegui afinidade com nenhum personagem… talvez Thea, apesar de tudo fosse a personagem mais real e mais cativante!Demasiadas afirmações pedantes, demasiado uso de “marcas”. Não entendi a necessidade constante de referir que os sapatos eram marca X, que o sujeito vestia calças de marca, que usava o seu lenço ou a sua malinha marca Y, e outras coisa do género que não acrescentaram nada à história, excepto palha!O início foi bom, prometia… As últimas páginas foram bastante interessantes… Mas o desenvolvimento não me convenceu, muita palha! Por isso só 2*

  • Aspin
    2019-04-08 02:25

    Couldn't have been any worse. I've read some trash in my time but this gibberish was easily the worst ever.

  • Gaysel
    2019-03-23 21:23

    Good read. Was kept enthralled with each sisters story being told simultaneously throughout the book and how their paths crossed and finally came together. Really enjoyed it.

  • Patrícia Alegria
    2019-03-27 05:08

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  • Jennifer Morris
    2019-04-16 02:34

    I couldn't get enough of this book. So well written and couldn't put it down !!!

  • Stephanie Thoresen
    2019-04-18 02:23

    This is the story of two sisters separated as infants who would go on to live two very different and yet also strangely similar lives. The book spans 40 years from beginning to end. It's very over the top in places, but that's part of the enjoyment. There is love and tragedy, good and evil, a dramatic saga spanning decades. There is one thing that kept me from giving this five stars, and I'll plop it in spoiler tags. When it comes to romance, I often have my own opinions about who should have ended up with whom, but they are my opinions only of course, and here they are:(view spoiler)[I never felt as invested with Thea and Michael as I suppose I should have. It's of course that story of second chances, of meeting that childhood love again and finding real, adult love. But the person I most wanted Thea to be with was Tom. It felt so wrong that he'd been jilted because of Thea being raped by Brett and that she was never able to explain the reasons to him. And we find out later he'd been incredibly hurt by this, had loved her so much, had never understood what he'd done wrong. And then when it appeared they would have a meeting years later, 9/11 happened, and he was in the towers. IMHO, that was just a convenient way to get rid of him and make way for Michael. That stuck with me through the book, and while I was able to deal with Alfonso dying, it just seemed to unfair for Tom. To me, that was the stronger love story, to have had that adult love, years apart, and then find one another again. And Tom could have helped her with all the legal stuff. As far as I cared, Michael could have gone off and had a completely different life, and I would have been fine with it! (hide spoiler)]

  • Sarah
    2019-03-25 01:32

    Two characters whose lives are tantalisingly close:A tantalising story of how two different lives can intertwine over the years, this novel really had me yelling at the bad characters and rooting for Romy and Thea. Rees creates such convincing protagonists with Romy and Thea that by the end of the story, I felt like I really knew them and could sympathise with their plights.The narrative is cleverly structured to follow the lives of Romy and Thea, starting in the 1970s and finishing practically in present day. The chapters switch between Romy and Thea and initially, it is like reading about the prince and the pauper, because the girls are at opposite ends of the social spectrum. However, when Romy is unexpectedly talent-spotted as a model, her status is elevated and I found that I couldn’t help but see similarities between her and Thea’s way of living. Secondly, Rees keeps the narrative interesting and does not focus on the intricacies of Romy and Thea’s lives. Instead, the chapters usually begin setting the scene of the current year, then having several paragraphs recounting the time that has passed since the previous chapter – because often we are leaving the character on an ‘Eastenders’ moment (cue dramatic cliff-hanger music). Instead of finding it frustrating that it kept switching between the two characters, I enjoyed this element so much because I knew they would eventually be crossing paths…It is tantalising the way that Romy and Thea’s paths cross without them realising it. For instance, Brett becomes central to both the characters lives and I wanted to scream at him and the author for not linking Romy and Thea sooner! Brett is such an easy character to dislike that I certainly enjoyed hating him whenever he appeared. The whole idea of fate is really played out in this story and Rees keeps readers teased to not allow Romy and Thea come together at the earliest opportunity.This is a great summer read and has many elements that will keep you guessing throughout. Historical references such as the falling of the Berlin Wall and the tragic events of September 2011 are clever ways to keep the story rooted in time and I found this quite appropriate to give added depth to the story. ‘A Twist of Fate’ is definitely one to read because it is quite unique in terms of women’s fiction and certainly does not offer happy endings and a successful love story on a plate – the characters really have to work at it!

  • Carina Rosa
    2019-04-16 22:09

    «Menina Rica, menina pobre», de Joanna Rees, foi um livro que, embora não me tenha deslumbrado, me cativou de alguma forma. A escrita da autora é simples, sem grandes floreados, e a história é bonita: duas irmãs, cujos destinos são inesperadamente separados numa noite de Inverno, por uma moeda atirada ao ar. O enredo cativou-me desde o início e o meu interesse manteve-se ao longo da história, quando a autora separava os capítulos por mundos e vidas igualmente separados, da riqueza para a pobreza, do luxo e da vida fácil para a fome e para as dificuldades pelas quais Romy fora obrigada a passar no orfanato. Theodora, pelo contrário, vive um início de vida na ilusão de um mundo perfeito, mas não tarda a perceber a podridão que a riqueza também pode conter. Triste, sozinha e afastada daqueles que ama, Theodora vai entrar no coração do leitor mais forte e desencadear nele sentimentos inesperados. Confesso que, a dada altura, dei por mim a preferir a vida que a irmã pobre levava e a proteger mais a Theodora, fraca e incapaz de se defender. Afinal de contas, Romy tornou-se forte, teve de aprendê-lo sozinha, mas Theodora nunca soube fazê-lo e foi obrigada a ultrapassar as dificuldades em silêncio, sem nunca ter coragem de falar e de mudar. É um livro que nos leva a pensar na vida e que nos mostra que o dinheiro nem sempre traz felicidade. É uma história bonita entre duas irmãs que se cruzam algumas vezes sem nunca se reconhecerem, mas que acabam por ajudar-se mutuamente, o que me fez pensar que o destino tem mesmo algum poder e que os laços de sangue nunca podem ser quebrados. No entanto, não penso que a história seja um verdadeiro romance. É uma obra sobre laços de sangue, amizade e irmandade e penso que a autora pecou um pouco nisso. Vi todas as paixões de Romy de uma forma muito fútil. Na verdade, gostava que ela fosse verdadeiramente amada, e embora a autora tenha tentado passar essa imagem, não me convenceu. A Theodora, por seu lado, cativou-me nos seus oito anos de idade, naquela competitividade e simultânea amizade com Michael, mas foi um amor que me desiludiu. Esperava e queria mais, mas os anos foram passando e a magia perdeu-se. Acho que o romance peca por existirem tantas personagens e tantas histórias para contar numa única obra, porque a intensidade acaba por perder-se ao longo das páginas e fica apenas um sabor agridoce. No entanto, foi uma autora que me surpreendeu e recomendo.

  • Manuela Santos
    2019-04-21 00:22

    Depois de ter acabado de ler um livro que foi uma verdadeira decepção, peguei neste a medo, mas a leitura deste livro foi uma autêntica lufada de ar fresco.Agradeço à autora Joanne Rees pela excelente história e à Edições ASA pela magnífica capa e por ter editado este livro.A escrita é soberba, simples, directa e clara e a leitura foi agradável, envolvente, surpreendente, fluída e dinâmica e senti-me com os nervos à flor da pele. Ninguém fica indiferente a esta narrativa de voltas e reviravoltas. A história destas irmãs é uma autêntica montanha russa.Esta é a história das irmãs Thea e Romy separadas à nascença por Solya um homem sem escrúpulos, um demónio, e tudo foi decidido com uma moeda atirada ao ar. “Qual destas irmãs irá ter a boa vida? E qual a má?”Thea foi uma criança criada numa quinta na América, com conforto e bem-estar, foi adoptada por um casal abastado e amada pelos seus pais, até tinha uma preceptora que também já tinha sido da sua mãe, quer dizer que teve uma “boa vida”. Era uma criança frágil, delicada e dependente dos pais e empregados.Romy foi criada num orfanato da Alemanha do Leste, onde teve uma infância muito “má”. Mas, ao contrário da irmã, era forte, segura, corajosa e determinada, lutou pela sua autonomia e independência.A cada folha que virava, mais presa ficava à história, as descrições, os personagens e os cenários bem traçados numa escrita clara e bem elaborada, o que torna a leitura encantadora e harmoniosa. Uma história com princípio, meio e fim.A autora oferece-nos uma viagem por diferentes partes do mundo, desde a Alemanha à América passando por Itália até Londres.Cada capítulo é relacionado com cada uma das irmãs e vai-nos pondo ao corrente da vida boa ou má de cada uma.Mas como não há bela sem senão, também Thea vai “sofrer o pão que o diabo amassou” nas mãos da horrível madrasta e do filho.Esta história prendeu-me e cativou-me do princípio ao fim do livro, uma narrativa de sofrimento, drama, tristeza e de esperança.Conseguirão algum dia estas irmãs encontrarem-se e alcançarem a felicidade?Recomendo sem reservas esta maravilhosa história de encontros e desencontros.

  • SuziMellisa
    2019-04-19 01:25

    How absurd it is when a flip of coin can change two little girls' futures? One was left at an orphanage being slaved away and abused, physically and emotionally while the other lived a happy life as one of the most powerful man in the corporate world's daughter, being showered with love and the comfort of life. But live has a funny way for you to uncover the truth. Romy, the orphan was determined to break away from the devil and get her freedom. Little did she knew, the journey to freedom involved killing and sacrificing her best friend, masking her gender and lying about her past. But that doesn't stop her. Being scouted by a famous photographer when Romy finally escaped her past (or so she thought) had turned her into the world supermodel.Meahwhile for Thea, the rich and happy girl. Her world turned gloomy when her mother died and her dad remarried. Her half-brother, Brett has ruined everything for her, taking away her father attention and her virginity too. Life was hard for Thea and Brett had been haunting her. She went away for college thinking she could left the world that was once belongs to her. However, Brett's plan doesn't stop from raping Thea, he wanted more, he wanted the power and money that Thea's father has.But a supermodel can't stay as supermodel forever, can't they? And Thea can't avoiding Bret her whole life too. There comes a time when they have to face their biggest fear. I love how Joanna Rees twisting the plot along the way. It just kept me wondering more and more till I couldn't put down the book. It was like watching a movie and when the character has finally found her happiness, you just kept keeping your fingers crossed that nothing will jinx it. Well, happily ever after doesn't really exists. This is definitely a well-written book with great story line and Joanna Rees sure know how to play with her readers feelings.I say this book worth a reading. :)

  • Alexandra Oxley
    2019-04-17 23:08

    This book was recommended to me and not one that I would have chosen myself but I absolutely loved it!I was gripped from the first chapter, which starts with two babies (sisters) being 'traded'. The youngest (Thea) was sent to America for a wealthy couple and the other (Romy) was to end up in the local orphanage, known for its mistreatment of the children.Each chapter alternates between Thea and Romy's story, spanning four decades. Books that cover this kind of timespan can often irritate me as I feel like there are large chunks of the story that I missed but the author was able to succinctly summarise the 'missed time' and the story flowed seamlessly from chapter to chapter, character to character and year to year. Although the events that take place in the girls life stories are often unlikely and unbelievable, the way the book is written allows you to see past that; everything is explained, the story flows well and all of the loose ends are tied up. I liked that about this book, I am not left feeling like I need another chapter to explain the questions I still have. This was a very satisfying read. The descriptions in the book allowed me to vividly imagine the scenes and characters without overdoing it; I didn't skim-read at all in this book as I often do if the descriptions of places/scenes are too long or tedious. The characters were well executed and I loved the way Thea and Romy crossed paths throughout the book, never knowing they were sisters. Each encounter left a sense of suspense: will this be the time they realise??Although it covers a lot of difficult/gory subjects such as murder and rape, these were basically the undertone of events in the story and the text focused more on the personal, professional and emotional sides of the sisters lives. I could not put this book down and am looking forward to reading more by the same author.

  • Jessica Smith
    2019-04-18 23:31

    Coming into this book, my expectations were high after Tori Wilson's recommendation. This is contrary to past experiences of mine because usually any novel highly recommended to me ends up in my 'will-never-read-again' book pile.I loved the premise of the book but felt as though it were handled too impersonally. Even the most unbelievable ideas can be handled in a way that suspends reader disbelief, but here, events were often told rather than shown, which affected my immersion in the novel. I particularly didn't like how events between parts were glossed over and explained in exposition. Not that the prose itself proved sloppy. That wasn't the case at all. However, I prefer to have emotional plot points and events implied as it better immerses me in the physical and mental experiences of characters. This was my main source of contention with the book, and it may just be my preferences in play.Otherwise, A Twist of Fate fulfils its objective: light reading that does little too surprise or push the limits of its genre. It delivers what's expected in a clear, accessible fashion that will attract readers with tastes for formulaic plots and characters, offering intermittently surprises and plot twists guessed from the novel's outset. While I breezed through this novel, it's not one I'm inclined to pick up again unless I have nothing else to read. However, I did like Rees enough to read her other work when I've exhausted my to-read list. When that time will come, no one can tell.

  • Cath
    2019-04-08 21:21

    When I first saw the cover of this book, I was immediately attracted.And, as the cover promised, I was left awe struck after reading A Twist of Fate!I loved this story and especially the two main characters, Thea and Romy.You knew that they would meet each other at one point, but everything turned out differently than I expected. They ‘meet’ sometimes, but they don’t ‘see’ each other, which I really liked. This seems quiet difficult to reach as a writer, so well done, Joanna Rees!The author writes alternately from two points of view, Thea’s and Romy’s, which increases the tension during the story a lot.The story starts in 1971 and takes you on a journey through the girls’ lives, up till 2011. Every new chapter, the time has moved on a few years and there is a quick description of what has happened after the cliff-hanger in the previous chapter. At first, I didn’t like this, but now I realise that this is what authors do to create tension and expectations among their readers.The only weakness in this book was its credibility. Because of the entangled relationships and the complicated storyline, I didn’t always believe that certain things could happen, i.e. this books was very melodramatic. But, of course, that is typically bookish: an amazing story, of which you’re not sure it will ever happen!This is one of the best books that I have read so far during 2012 and I hope to read more by this author soon!