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Author: Bellacera, Carole Set In . . .
 North America, USA, Hawaii, California, Los Angeles, Virginia, Williamsburg, New York, New York City
Genre: Fiction
Time Frame: 2000s
Published: 2003
Description: Robin Mulcahey has always dreamed of being a big-time actress. As a college student, she took endless drama classes and finally snagged the lead of Maggie in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, six years later, she’s one of the country’s hottest soap-opera stars. She’s just won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of South Riding’s bad girl, and now when it seemed life couldn’t get any more perfect, she’s wed Declan Blair, an up-and-coming Irish film actor.

So what’s the problem?

Robin Mulcahey is dead. She was killed in a devastating car wreck in 1996 while riding with her best friend, Amy Shiley. Amy, battered beyond recognition in the accident, was mistaken for Robin and has played the role of Robin Mulcahey ever since. But Amy’s never been able to forget the love she shared with Paul Mulcahey—Robin’s older brother.

If you had the chance to become someone else, would you take it?

"UNDERSTUDY mixes lust, intrigue and deceit in an erotic cocktail which proves that the grass definitely isn't always greener, and when it comes to love, you should never live a lie." - For Women Magazine, UK

"UNDERSTUDY leads readers on a harrowing, heart-tugging journey...Carole Bellacera takes an improbable plot and makes it plausible...a sinuous, sensuous thriller, almost flawless in its execution...UNDERSTUDY is terrific: a perfect beach book that will keep readers turning pages long after the sunscreen has worn off."-Mellanie Crowther, The Romance Reader's Connection

"Ms. Bellacera has written a wonderful book, fast-paced, full of twists and turns. Love, passion, secrets left buried, and a family that's not what it seems are just the tip of what "Understudy" has to offer. You'll appreciate the story of true friendship; the kind that takes what you offer at face-value, and doesn't judge. You'll come to understand how betrayal, anger, and resentment can tear a family apart, from the inside. You'll learn that love, when strong and true, can conquer anything you throw at it, as long as it's strong enough. Emotional, funny, and a story that you can wholeheartedly throw yourself into, "Understudy" is definitely a book worth reading."-Jennifer Wardrip,

"UNDERSTUDY is a complex and tightly woven novel that centers on the lives, past, present and future of two likable, but wounded young women...intimate characterization adds depth and powerful emotion to this highly charged tale...Ms. Bellacera weaves a tale that is captivating, heartbreaking and triumphant. For a story that will tug at your heartstrings and draw you into the complex and dramatic dynamics of the Mulcahey family and Amy Shiley, I highly recommend UNDERSTUDY -- a thoroughly unforgettable read."-- Terrie Figueroa, Romance Reviews Today

"Carole Bellacera became a "keeper" author for me after her previous book, EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON. Dazzling characters and riveting storylines are painted on paper by Ms. Bellacera's talented hand. Instead of a simple story, you get a rich, engrossing psychological study of her characters that is not bogged down in trivial details. Once again, I dare you to pick up this story [UNDERSTUDY ] and manage to put it down withoutfeeling the book drawing you back from across the room." -- Tracy Farnsworth, Roundtable Reviews

"UNDERSTUDY is filled with unforgettable true to life characters, and a fast-paced story with some unique plot twists...this is the kind of in depth story of human life readers have come to expect from two-time RITA award finalist Carole Bellacera...[she] has given us a story of heartbreak, success, emotions, and triumph that is unforgettable. I know these characters are going to live in my heart for a long time to come. UNDERSTUDY has found a place on my keeper shelf! I heartily recommend it to everyone." -- Carol Durfee, The Word on Romance

"Impossible to put down! Very highly
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