Carrie Lockett has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful twin, Camille. Every time Carie had a boyfriend, he gravitated to Camille at first site. As a budding artist, Carrie paints a picture of her twin. When the rich, talented, and handsome architect Shane Reynolds buys the painting at a local exhibit, Carrie wonders whether the purchase was inspired by her talent or his fascination with her sister's beauty. When Shane commissions Carrie to do his portrait, will he discover her feelings for him? Even more, can she keep him away from her sister Camille? The surprise ending is classic Macomber and a perfect stroke --- a true delight!
In true Manga style, this book is read from right to left not only in the pages but also from panel to panel. At the back (or traditional book front), the publisher has a helpful page instructing the reader how to read Manga and shows a numbered diagram about how to read the panels in the correct order. Even without this guide, the order becomes apparent intuitively within a page or three, but the diagram gives the reader confidence. The artwork is "printed in flirty pink ink" to reinforce the appeal to the female reader.
The drawings by Yukino Hara could not be more perfect as illustrations of the emotions and conflicts in Macomber's story. The eyes are expressive and emphasize the inner feelings of the characters. Even the drawings of the secondary characters such as the art gallery owner dazzle the reader. The small panels of such items as a wallet, a telephone and a credit card, heighten the suspense and the side dilemmas that motivate the characters. Yukino Hara uses one type of panel to indicate a passage of time and helps the reader notice the time and location shifts. Her use of modified Japanese characters for exclamations heightens the emotions and the tension. Yukino Hara is a perfect match for Debbie Macomber in this Manga rendition of a fun tale.
The publisher recommends this book for ages 12 and up. Personally, I think this book is suitable for girls perhaps a bit younger who may be reaching puberty and wondering about boys. Other than a kiss, there is no explicit sexuality. Above all, this book reinforces positive body images for girls and also an appreciation for the talents of individual over expectations. This book is a must have for adult Debbie Macomber fans.