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The Accidental Beauty Queen

The Accidental Beauty Queen

Written by Teri Wilson

Narrated by Joy Osmanski


The Accidental Beauty Queen

Written by Teri Wilson

Narrated by Joy Osmanski

ratings:
4/5 (331 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Dec 4, 2018
ISBN:
9781508283553
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Audiobook

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Description

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. That 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.

Released:
Dec 4, 2018
ISBN:
9781508283553
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Teri Wilson is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of romance, women's fiction and romantic comedy. Three of Teri's books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR'S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.


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  • (4/5)
    The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson -- Ah, love love love.

    Use this book in the event that you need words full of delightful mushy romance and quirky bookish fun.

    This book was fresh, and light and perfect. First off, twins.. switching places.. who wouldn't want to read that! This was a sweet romance that I enjoyed from the first word to the last word. I don't know how to describe this book without giving too much away. The personalities drew me in, the scenes captivated me, the arguments had me wanting more.
  • (4/5)
    This sister bond was great. I really enjoyed this book.
  • (5/5)
    Super cute story! Definitely a fun book to read or listen to (audio)!
  • (2/5)
    This book was slightly ridiculous. Perhaps I’m too old to enjoy this type of book. I should have listened to the sample before I downloaded the book.
  • (3/5)
    Plot
    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 queen, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to say "world peace," and she’s not giving up until she wins Miss American Treasure. But when Ginny has a face-altering allergic reaction the night before competition, 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 realizes, after walking a mile in her twin's sky-high stilettos, there might be more to the pageant circuit than just a sparkly crown

    Romance
    Who doesn't like a easy going romance once in a while? There is a romance aspect to this novel... but wasn't the focus of the novel. The scenes between Charlotte and Gray were so mild and was disappointing. I feel that Gray's character was a bit underdeveloped and was hoping to see their relationship flourish more. I'm not a believer of falling in deep love over a 2 day period? This kind of annoyed me. I feel the romance side barely touched the surface here. Which maybe was the author's intention? The romance is G rated, PG at most, and predictable.

    Buttercup
    Buttercup the cute dog definitely steals the show throughout the whole thing and is absolutely my favourite character. I really wish there had been more girl bonding with the other contestants too! There was a nice scene like Miss Congeniality where they're eating burgers in sweats, but there could have been so much more!

    Overall
    Nice book to forget about real life for a bit. Very glad I'm not in the pageant world though (no offense to anyone).
  • (4/5)
    Stupid easy summer read, nice relaxing book with family being a main plot point
  • (4/5)
    This is a fun and fast read. It is predictable but fun.
  • (4/5)
    This book surprised me, it was a very good book.
  • (4/5)
    It was good. But predictable. Loved her voice.
  • (4/5)
    Easy to predict but a fun read. If you like Miss Congeniality, you'll love this.
  • (3/5)
    This book was entertaining but much of it was unbelievable and a little bit cheesy. I thought the love between Charlotte and Gray to not make sense based on how few Interactions they had and shallow they were. Even though the plot and love story was hard to believe, I still enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
  • (3/5)
    It was an easy read , took me two nights to finish it. K guess it was way to easy , close to kinsella books but not nearly as funny and wit
  • (4/5)
    I was looking to take a break from my usual murder and mayhem and listen to something light, fluffy and fun. Teri Wilson's newest novel, The Accidental Beauty Queen, was the perfect fit.Charlotte loves her job - she's an elementary school librarian. Her identical twin Ginny has made beauty pageants her life's work so far. She's desperate to win the one elusive crown she's never been able to claim - Miss American Treasure. This is the last year for a chance before she ages out. When she suffers an allergic reaction to a face mask, she refuses to opt out. Instead......yup, you guessed it.....she asks her identical twin Charlotte to step in until she can participate. Which Charlotte reluctantly does.....I really liked Charlotte as a lead character. (And not just because she loves books and all things Harry Potter!) She's warm, funny and personable. I enjoyed her inner dialogue as she attempts to navigate the world of pageants - and more. The relationship with her sister, her family - and that judge on the panel. (And I laughed when I read the name of that judge - Grey Beckham - conjure up any mental images?) But most importantly - Charlotte herself.The Accidental Beauty Queen was fun for me. I always enjoy the yes/no/maybe so of a rom-com read. I enjoyed Wilson's spin on this and the unique setting. Not being familiar with pageants, I was surprised that the upper age limit for participation does indeed include those in their late twenties.Joy Osmanski (a perennial favourite of mine) was the reader. It's hard to explain, but her voice is fun and lively. Her reading is very expressive and she absolutely captures the tone of the book. Her voice matched the mental image I had created for Charlotte. It's clear, easy to understand, well enunciated and pleasant to listen to.
  • (4/5)
    It’s bright cover called out to me and I’m glad it did! The Accidental Beauty Queen was a charming, quick and entertaining read and just what I needed at the end of the week, feeling run-down and not in the mood for something epic. Loved the bookish main characters Charlotte and Gray and the literary references throughout the book including Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre etcThe dialogue is witty and clever and the story also touches on heartwarming themes of family, sisterhood and self-confidence. Though predictable, it didn’t matter as this delightful romcom was so much FUN and who doesn’t like a Mr D’Arcy-sequel male lead? It left a smile on my face for the rest of the day
  • (3/5)
    Sweet but really the message has been told in much better books. It was a library book so I do not feel too bad and I was on vacation
  • (4/5)
    The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri WilsonSource: NetGalleyMy Rating: 4/5 starsCharlotte long ago made peace with the fact, she is not the beautiful twin, but the nerdy bookish twin who is cute and quirky, but not beautiful. Charlotte’s sister, Ginny is the twin everyone wants to know, the one the boys want to date, and the girl the other pageant contestants want to beat. With only one change left to achieve her ultimate pageant dream, Ginny has called her twin to her side for moral support as she makes her final run at the Miss American Treasure title. Though Charlotte doesn’t agree with the whole “pageant life” her sister has carved out for herself, she also wants to support her twin. Additionally, Charlotte really wants to spend her down time at Universal Studios and soak up all the geeky, nerdiness she can. She’s got her nerd shirts and full week pass ready to go, and then, disaster strikes. After what should have been a delicious cheat meal before the competition begins, Charlotte’s gorgeous twin wakes in the middle of the night in the throes of a horrifying allergic reaction that leaves her utterly distraught and unable to compete.Good thing Ginny has a twin sister . . . .Though Charlotte initially has no intention of stepping into her twin’s stilettos, her twin plays the one card guaranteed to hook Charlotte, the dead mom card. With nothing left to do but give in, Charlotte tucks in an allows her far more experienced sister get her primped and primed for the Miss American Treasure preliminaries. Charlotte is a witty, intelligent girl, but she isn’t at all certain how her wit and intelligence are going to get her through the swimsuit, short interview, and evening gown portion of the competition. What’s more, once she begins to talk to the other contestants, even her confidence in her wit and intelligence begin to fail her. As it happens, all the contestants are witty and intelligent women which certainly changes Charlotte’s perspective and opinion about pageants and pageant life she has long made fun of. The deeper she gets into the competition, the more respect Charlotte has for not only the other contestants, but also for her sister, and the guiltier she feels for deceiving a group of women she has come to genuinely like. The Bottom Line: Let me tell you what, I completely enjoyed this book and found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. From the moment you understand Charlotte and Ginny are twins, you understand exactly where this story is going. What you don’t know involves the twists and turns, the trips and dips, the awesome talent competition, and the romance that blooms amid the crazy. What The Accidental Beauty Queen is really all about isn’t the glitz and glamour, but self-discovery, friendship and loyalty, and simply being who you are and were always meant to be. Charlotte and Ginny both have a lot of maturing to do, and that growth happens in the span of one crazy, tumultuous week. I found myself quite taken with this book and look forward to Teri Wilson’s next offering.
  • (5/5)
    Funny, witty, and the perfect amount of Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter references. This book was a real joy to read.
  • (4/5)

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    A cute and fun romantic comedy! A very enjoyable read.

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  • (3/5)

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    A cute fluffy book great for fans of romantic comedies, Miss Congeniality, and plots revolving around twins switching places. Charlotte's identical twin sister is competing in the Miss America Treasure pageant when she suffers an allergic reaction. She convinces her shier, more homebody twin, Charlotte, to take her place in the preliminaries. There is a romance the buds between Charlotte and a guy she meets at the hotel that adds to the story, but ultimately this felt more of a quirky, adult coming-of-age story.Near the beginning I did struggle with Charlotte a little as even though she is 29 she sometimes felt 21. I found her sister, Ginny, to be selfish and single-minded although she did redeem herself in the end. I liked that Wilson didn't make all of the contestants vapid and shallow, but instead gave them more faceted personalities.Although at times this felt a little childish (or maybe like a YA novel with adults), overall I enjoyed the story and characters.

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  • (3/5)

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    This book is supremely silly. The protagonist is sophomoric, a self-proclaimed book lover because “bibliophile” is probably too big of a word to be in this book. Her favorite tomes indicate a ninth-grade reading level.

    Nevertheless, this bookworm librarian gets a head-to-toe makeover to impersonate her beauty-queen identical twin. Romance, hilarity and hijinks ensue.

    If you want to turn your brain off and listen to something on an airplane or on the beach, this is perfectly fine. The voice actress is okay. Not as versatile as others, but not so terrible I had to shut it off, either.

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  • (1/5)

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    boring main character wining the first third of the book about how she is not like her sister and how she hates beauty contests

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  • (4/5)

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    This book was so stinking cute and addicting!! I read 200 pages in one sitting because the Texan, Harry Potter-loving main character was so fun to follow and the inner monologue was witty and adorable. This book was so entertaining and relatable, even when it would sometimes cross over into the territory of trying too hard to be funny. It definitely kept my interest the entire book and was just the perfect amount of awkwardness and sass. This book in general is very fast-paced and easy to devour, which I did in pretty much 12 hours. The downside of this is that a lot of the pageant is skimmed over and the character development, outside of the main character's own thoughts, is veery shallow. Especially with the love interest, I feel like there was a lot of room to explore the people around Charlotte rather than her own inner monologue.

    I have two main problems with this book taking place at a beauty pageant. First, the main character who is bookish and awkward is SO critical about the fashion and makeup world, and especially her own sister and the pageant she's in, including things even like social media. It fell into the category of girls who feel like you can either be bookish OR like makeup, not both, which I think is totally false. This was never confronted really, but Charlotte does become more accepting as the book goes along. Also, I think this book inadvertently created a really bad message about eating as a beauty queen. This book attempted to dispel a lot of stereotypes about beauty pageants like girl on girl hate and fakeness, which I think for the most part it did successfully, except for the stereotype that models don't eat. Several times throughout the book, the girls talk about not eating or when they do, eating tiny portions. There's a scene where the main character eats candy and then has a moment of ~i can't believe I did that~. It just felt weird that this book was trying to say that beauty queens don't succumb to stereotypes, and yet every other scene was someone talking about not eating or the main character is shamed for being hungry. I would say avoid this book if you're uncomfortable with disordered eating or mentions of anorexia because this book definitely had a lot of questionable eating habits in it that were never challenged or talked about as negative.

    Still, I loved the main character's growth and this book had me smiling and getting teary eyed at many points. I put the book down because I had secondhand embarrassment at times and even clutched the book to my chest when it was over. Despite its weaknesses, it really shone through as an easy-to-consume, lighthearted story that still had some depth. Although this book was insta-lovey and had a pretty generic unrealistic romance, I didn't mind suspending my disbelief because it was just so much fun. The book is pretty much rated G with its romance, so it was just a nice book that i'll remember for its outgoing main character and how much fun I experienced while reading it.

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  • (5/5)

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    Enjoyed this book! It was a very good book to listen too!

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  • (5/5)

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    Nice read, quick and light and girly! I loved it!

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  • (4/5)

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    Fun, easy read... Cute love story that makes you laugh.

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  • (5/5)

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    I am in love with this book , this bo has made me smile and laugh like crazy and also cry like a child . its a beautiful blend of sister relationship and love.

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  • (5/5)

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    This was probably my favorite romantic comedy book this year. I kept laughing and cried a bit. I did learn a little about how a beauty pageant is run. I agree with Charlotte at one point where she decides that the girls running in this contest are not the dumb blondes she thought they could be. I really enjoyed this story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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