The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

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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.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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