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.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars
As usual, I will be starting this review with a story. Last year, when I was still in Houston and was a wee aspiring author, I went to a Romance Writers of America meeting and was lucky enough to meet Teri Wilson. She was at our meeting to discuss optioning books for movies and was SO FUN and bright that I was immediately inspired. Naturally, I ran out an bought her book Unleashing Mr Darcy and read it in one sitting. Immediately after, I got to writing. So when Gallery Books asked if I’d like to review a copy of her new book, I jumped at the chance!
The Accidental Beauty Queen was such a fun, light read. It hooked me from page one and I definitely found myself laughing out loud multiple times. The female camaraderie in this book was so fantastic, it was actually my favorite thing about the read. I loved the glimpses into the life of a beauty queen and got some serious Miss Congeniality vibes.
Though this book is primarily a comedy and focuses on the twin sisters, there is a slight romantic aspect. The romance was fun, but not quite present enough for me. I wanted more Gray! In an otherwise near-perfect novel, the absence of Gray was the only issue I had.
If you’re looking for a fun, quirky read over the holidays, this rom-com is absolutely one that you need to snatch up.