Growing up, I was always fascinated by the idea of an identical cousin or sister. What would it be like to see another person walking around with my face? What if she could pretend to be me? I remember being astonished when a twin I knew pointed to a picture of her and her sister as babies and said she had no idea who was who. I read Lois Duncan’s Stranger With My Face at an impressionable age. I also read a lot of Sweet Valley High. I really, really wanted to know what it would be like if you could pass for someone else—if you could try on someone else’s life for a while. (This is what I loved about the recent, sadly-canceled TV show, Ringer.)
I started to wonder, what would it be like if your twin or doppelganger wasn’t your beloved sister who you knew as well as you knew yourself? What if you had to figure out someone else’s life from the inside out? What would happen if somehow you were smacked down into an identical stranger’s life and forced to pretend to be her?
This is what happens to my heroine, Becca Whitney, in my June release, The Replacement Wife
Becca is the illegitimate daughter of a disgraced heiress to the Whitney Media empire, and she’s grown up with a bit of a chip on her shoulder about the Whitney family. The Whitneys threw her mother out when she was pregnant with Becca, and were no kinder to Becca the one and only time she choked down her pride to a for hekp—for her younger half-sister. She wouldn’t care if they all disappeared from the face of the earth.
But then Theo Markou Garcia, CEO of Whitney Media and commanding, disastrously compelling fiancé to Becca’s cousin—who is in a coma and who Becca seems to spookily resemble—makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Becca finds herself masquerading as the cousin she’s always hated from afar. And smack in the middle of the very New York High Society that chewed up her poor mother and spit her out. She has to figure out how to convince people who know her cousin intimately that she’s the famous—infamous—Larissa Whitney instead of the poor relation no one’s ever heard of.
And worst of all, she finds herself entirely too drawn to Theo…
I hope you’ll enjoy this book, that my editor called “Mr. Rochester meets Gossip Girl.” I had a lot of fun writing it and the second book about the Whitney heiresses—Larissa’s story!—Heiress Behind the Headlines coming out in October.