Shy, schoolteacher Stevie Templeton is confused when people mistake her for the sexy, Italian movie star and recent suicide victim, Angel Concelli. When an imposing matron arrives claiming to be Stevie's grandmother, she explains her resemblance to the late actress--Angel was her sister. As Stevie pursues the secrets of her new identity, questions about Angel's death come to light--was it really suicide ...or murder?
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A headily scented billet-doux from a Canadian TV writer making her fiction debut: when opened, it tells the provocative story of two look-alike sisters who never met but whose lives describe opposing responses to the same psychological dilemma- -love starvation. Angel Concelli, a kind of Italian Marilyn Monroe, is found naked in bed and dead from an overdose of sleeping pills shortly before Boston-bred Stevie Templeton arrives in Rome to teach school and rebound from the recent loss of her doting, but strangely melancholy, father. Stevie starts a minor riot when she ventures out for a little sightseeing--Roman crowds mistake her for Angel--but she's rescued by an elderly woman named Ellen Brenner, who explodes the first bomb in Stevie's face: She's her grandmother. What's more, Stevie's mother, Claire, didn't die when she was a little girl, as her father claimed, but instead ran away with an Italian, and in Rome bore Angel, who grew up to be so beautiful that Claire couldn't stand the competition and threw her out of the house. While trying to digest all this, Stevie's romanced by two men, one a sexy Roman lawyer named Nick, the other the charismatic Italian politician Gian-Carlo Cassieri, who, Stevie learns, had a dangerously obsessive relationship with Angel. Gradually, the sexually pent-up and insecure Stevie discovers her attractiveness, leaning toward Gian-Carlo, until one night he forces her to dress up like Angel and then reveals the awful truth about the way the sex-kitten died. A few psychological implausibilities aside, this is a well- made little thriller that probes the emotionally empty center of celebrity and is to sexy pop fiction what Frederick's of Hollywood is to lingerie. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
A contrived, B-movie-style plot--about an ultra-popular Italian screen star, her American sister and a charismatic Roman politician--combines with cardboard characterization and overblown prose in this melodramatic first novel. After her father's death, Boston schoolteacher Stevie Templeton arrives in Rome, where she is mobbed by fans of movie actress Angel Concelli, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances and whom Stevie resembles. Confused and frightened, Stevie is rescued by a woman who claims she is Stevie's grandmother and announces that not only is Angel her sister, but that her mother (whom Stevie thought had died while she was a child) is alive. While she digests the news and begins to suspect that Angel may have been murdered, Stevie is pursued by Angel's lover, married politician Gian-Carlo Cassieri, and by lawyer Nick Funaro. Filled with formulaic sex scenes and pseudo self-analysis, this tale will irritate even the most dedicated fan of romantic suspense novels.
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Descripción St Martins Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0312059558
Descripción St Martins Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0312059558