Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The Stand-In by Lily Chu

Gracie Reed is doing just fine. Sure, she was fired by her overly "friendly" boss, and yes she still hasn't gotten her mother into the nursing home of their dreams, but she's healthy, she's (somewhat) happy, and she's (mostly) holding it all together.

But when a mysterious SUV pulls up beside her, revealing Chinese cinema's golden couple Wei Fangli and Sam Yao, Gracie's world is turned on its head. The famous actress has a proposition: due to their uncanny resemblance, Fangli wants Gracie to be her stand-in. The catch? Gracie will have to be escorted by Sam, the most attractive—and infuriating—man Gracie's ever met.

If it means getting the money she needs for her mother, Gracie's in. Soon Gracie moves into a world of luxury she never knew existed. But resisting Sam, and playing the role of an elegant movie star, proves more difficult than she ever imagined—especially when she learns the real reason Fangli so desperately needs her help. In the end all the lists in the world won't be able to help Gracie keep up this elaborate ruse without losing herself...and her heart.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 3, 2022
by Sourcebooks Casablanca
4.5 stars

This is my first time reading a Lily Chu book.  I had the privilege of listening to her in a rom/com panel last September.  This was my introduction to another talented Canadian author.

The Stand In was a fun story about 2 women similar in looks but from vastly different lifestyles.  A famous actress in need of a mental break and the other suddenly jobless and in need of cash for her mother's care.  This was a combo book and audio book read, narrated by Phillipa So (of Hamilton fame), doing a stellar job.

There are many layers to The Stand In.  While the com part was there in this rom/com it also addresses a number of serious social issues.

With a Canadian setting Gracie begins a journey of self discovery while Wei and Sam deal with their own issues.  Well written, entertaining, respectful with a touch of humour and some unexpected twists. 

In you are in the market for discovering more Canadian talent I recommend this book.

This book was part of my 2023 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge #17

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