The accidental beauty queen

Teri Wilson

Book - 2018

Sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize. Charlotte and Ginny Gorman might look alike but they're completely different in every other way. Bookish Charlotte loves her job as an elementary school librarian, while her twin sister is an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant. Ginny has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she's not giving up until she's crowned Miss American Treasure. Dragging... Charlotte to the pageant with her for good luck, Ginny's winning plan goes awry when she has a severe allergic reaction to dinner the night before the competition. A trip to urgent care confirms that she won't be back in beauty queen form for at least three days. After a few tears and a whole lot of begging, Charlotte agrees to take her sister's place in the pageant. Overnight, she's thrown into the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras. Charlotte realizes that there might be more to the pageant circuit than just a sparkly crown.

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Genres
Novels
Romance fiction
Humorous fiction
Published
New York : Gallery Books 2018.
Edition
First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Language
English
Physical Description
293 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781501197604
1501197606
Main Author
Teri Wilson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Charlotte Gorman and her sister, Ginny, are identical twins in name only. Ginny is a social-media influencer on her way to filling their late mother's shoes as the winner of the Miss American Treasure pageant. Charlotte is a bookish school librarian who only agreed to accompany Ginny to Orlando so she could visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and read by the pool. Then Ginny has a severe allergic reaction, mostly in her face, and Charlotte reluctantly agrees to take her place in the preliminary rounds of competition. As Charlotte learns to shed her invisibility with the help of hair extensions and spray tans, she starts to connect with her fellow contestants—not a villain among them, to her shock—and with Ginny's rescue dog, Buttercup, and with a mysterious, very handsome stranger who can quote both J. K. Rowling and Jane Austen: swoon. Wilson's (Unleashing Mr. Darcy, 2014) latest will delight fans of that sweet blend of chick lit and romantic comedy with this story of sisterhood, self-acceptance, beauty queens, and book nerds. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Low-key elementary school librarian Charlotte Gorman is more than happy to cheer her identical twin sister Ginny on as she pursues her lifelong beauty pageant goal of becoming Miss American Treasure. Then Ginny has a disfiguring allergic reaction that temporarily nixes her chances the night before the competition. She convinces a reluctant Charlotte to take her place until she recovers, something that has completely unintended results. An intelligent rescue dog, a bevy of likable beauty contestants, a bit of family tension, and a remarkable amount of insider beauty pageant info—not to mention a gorgeous contest judge hero—add spice to the mix and keep the plot on track. VERDICT Upbeat, lighthearted, and flush with Harry Potter and Jane Austen references, this enjoyable romance draws readers in and leaves them smiling; just plain fun! Wilson (A Daddy by Christmas) lives in San Antonio. [Previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.] Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this lively novel from Wilson (Unleashing Mr. Darcy), twins switch places to compete in a beauty pageant, leading to a transformation much deeper than makeup. When Charlotte Gorman travels to Florida to support her twin sister, Ginny, in a beauty pageant, she expects nothing more than a vacation. The librarian with a love for Harry Potter doesn't put much stock in the pageants her sister has devoted her life to. But, after Ginny suffers a competition-ending allergic reaction, Charlotte reluctantly steps in for her during the preliminary rounds. As Charlotte gets her footing (literally, in the case of the platform heels she has to wear), she strikes up a romance with one of the judges, creating a web of secrets that she fears might result in her sister being disqualified. Within the fun premise, Wilson embeds a touching story about women supporting women as Ginny begins to understand her own former uncaring behavior by seeing Charlotte take her place in the pageant. As the competition progresses through the bikini and talent sections, Ginny helps Charlotte behind the scenes, coaching her successfully through the stages. While Charlotte's outsider perspective begins as a critical look at the world of pageantry, she finds a lot of goodness and talent within the insular community. Wilson's engaging novel weaves a forbidden romance around Charlotte and Ginny's authentic camaraderie, making for an affecting tale of sisterly love. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Quiet school librarian Charlotte finds herself filling in for her glamorous twin sister who falls ill with a face-altering allergic reaction the night before a beauty pageant. By the author of The Princess Problem. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"In this charming and witty romantic comedy reminiscent of Miss Congeniality and The Parent Trap, the acclaimed author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy and Royally Wed shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When her glamorous twin sister falls ill the night before she is scheduled to participate in a beauty pageant, school librarian Charlotte agrees to fill in for her and overnight finds herself in a glittery world she is woefully unprepared for.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"In this charming and witty romantic comedy reminiscent of Miss Congeniality and The Parent Trap, the acclaimed author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy and Royally Wed shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize.Charlotte and Ginny Gorman might look alike but they're completely different in every other way. Bookish Charlotte loves her job as an elementary school librarian, while her twin sister is an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant. Ginny has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she's not giving up until she's crowned Miss American Treasure. Dragging Charlotte to the pageant with her for good luck, Ginny's winning plan goes awry when she has a severe allergic reaction to dinner the night before the competition. A trip to urgent care confirms that she won't be back in beauty queen form for at least three days. After a few tears and a whole lot of begging, Charlotte agrees to take her sister's place in the pageant. Overnight, she's thrown into the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras. It's absolutely mortifying

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize. Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize. Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn't be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she's not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny's refusing to do it alone this time.She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven't successfully pulled off in decades.Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there's more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.