Grab your sparkliest tiara, blend your favorite fruity drink, and get ready to laugh and cry with the women of the Tiara Club.
Georgia Elliott grew up in a small Gulf town full of Southern charm---and a superefficient grapevine---so the few secrets she's managed to keep are precious, including that she invented TV's hottest new kitchen gadget, the Miracle Chef. A second-generation beauty queen, Georgia turns to women she knows she can trust to keep her secret from her controlling society mama: the Tiara Club. All the members are veterans of the pageant circuit, but they've just admitted one woman who doesn't fit in---a Yankee who's never taped her breasts or smeared glue on her butt to wow the judges. And this year the Tiara Club is determined to help this outsider win the coveted Shrimp Queen crown. Add in an impending wedding and the club's attempts to keep Georgia's secret, and the women of the Tiara Club have to do all they can to hold on to their poise, their friendships, and their senses of humor.
Southern beauty queens and dark secrets rule Beverly Brandt's whimsical fifth novel. Georgia Elliot grew up in the small town of Ocean Sands, Mississippi, where everyone knows a little about everyone. A former beauty queen who runs a gift shop and has a secret life as an inventor, Georgia finds solace in the Tiara Club, a small group of recovering beauty queens. They help conceal her identity as inventor of the hottest new kitchen gadget, the Miracle Chef, from her controlling, appearances-are-everything mother when Daniel Rogers, a TV show host, comes to Ocean Sands to tape a segment about the Miracle Chef. Intrigued by Georgia, Daniel looks into her past and uncovers hints of everyone's darkest secrets. As the love grows deeper between Daniel and Georgia, she begins to make amends with her past, while the Tiara Club survives an explosive wedding and sees its only Yankee member win the Shrimp Queen Crown. Though it does little to break out of the genre's constraints, Brandt's novel is as breezy as they come and consistently entertaining.