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Bookended By Beauty Queens [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Marshal
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Angie Palmer likes her life just the way it is–private. She has no desire to entangle herself in complex friendships, and her relationship with her two beauty queen sisters is safely distant.

When disaster strikes Angie takes her Grandmother into her home. Life with Grandma comes with a world of changes, and new friends, including Val, a drag queen with hopes of being the next US-Gay Beauty Queen. Angie is determined to keep Val at a distance but Val has an instinct for knowing Angie’s heart.

Just as Angie gets comfortable with Grandma living with her, a budding friendship with Val, and a new romantic interest, everything takes an unexpected turn.

Val is the victim of a violent crime and ends up in a coma. Angie begins a struggle against Val’s family who wants to remove their son from life support.

Suddenly Angie’s private life becomes very public, and her world becomes a media circus. She is caught in a clash between religious beliefs and gay rights.
Through many twists and turns, Angie discovers a new appreciation for family, friends, and love.

In the end, Angie learns that a life filled with people to care about is never too crowded.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Before the Fall Books; 1st edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ATVS0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye & Mind opening read March 16, 2012
Angie grew up stuck between two sisters who were 2 beauty queens. She built up a wall around herself, no friends or even men in her life. She have a forgiving heart and has an opened mind, which helps when he grandmother comes to stay with her after a fire. She encounters a drag queen, Val who in turn introduce Angie and her grandmother to new and interesting people. After a hate crime is committed towards Val her life is in danger. Val's parents to do support her but Angie and Grandma do.

I enjoyed the story as the author does a wonderful job with the plot. The characters are easy to fall in love with and support. Victoria opens up all of our minds and lets us see how things really are. You will laugh and cry which I find is wonderful in a book. This will be a re-read for me.

As for the grammar errors I know she has taken care of this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read March 16, 2012
Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal is a fast-paced, tension-filled read full of characters you will fall in love with despite yourself. Angie has a quick wit and a sharp sense of humor. She knows what she wants and yet life isn't coming through with any good options for her lately. Still, Angie is not the sort of person to become bitter. She's open-minded and tolerant and maybe even a bit too generous when it comes to forgiving her sisters their faults both petty and large. When her grandmother's apartment burns down she gladly takes her grieving grandmother in.

A chance meeting with Val, a vivacious drag queen, on the subway introduces Grandma and Angie to a new world of friends. And just as these three sympathetic misfits are developing their unique support system, disaster strikes Val in the form of a hate crime that puts Val's life in danger. Both Angie and Grandma stand by Val, but Val's parents do not. The personal and public stakes deepen for Angie as she tries to understand the crime, fight the rigid attitudes of Val's family as well as fend off the salivating media and polarized public. With wonderful characterization that will keep you rooting for Angie, Grandma and Val as well as scenes both tense and tender that will have you gnawing your fingernails and crying into your makeup kit, Ms. Marshal succeeds in crafting a truly enjoyable and satisfying story that is well worth your time to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and touching March 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal

Oh I many opinions on the book Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal. I was reading the story of Angie Palmer I thought this was going to be one of those books where you have a whiney middle child complaining that they can't do this like the oldest one does and the baby of the family gets their way all the time, boy was I wrong. Angie was overshadowed by two sisters who were beauty queens but she was the smart one in the family the one that was used as the responsible one. She comes across a drag queen by the name of Val on the subway and kind of dismissed the encounter until! Her grandmother loses her apartment in a fire and she comes to live with Angie. On the subway they run into Val again and her grandma starts a friendship with him that will change all of their lives. This portion of the book was hilarious I spit my drink out of my nose laughing so hard. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Don't get me wrong this is not just a comedy there is a dramatic turn of events that I will not spoil you will have to read. Angie and her grandma take on the fight of their lives and will the outcome be favorable to all. This is a must read exceptionally good for a debut author. Well done Victoria thank you for the wonderful book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book from the beginning! I can't rave enough, phenomenal summer read. Bring it to the lake! bring it on vacation! bring it to work! fabulous!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars super cute and super funny and fast to read September 2, 2012
This book was really cute, and fun to read. I'll admit that I was a little thrown by the concept of drag queens, but it turned out to make the book a lot more fun. As the synopses states, Angie takes in her grandmother after a fire ruins her apartment. It seems absurd that it took three days for her sisters to tell her that there was even a fire.

I liked that Angie was a book publisher because it's something that I would like to do (since I do love reading). My favorite part of her job was that her grandmother, Anne, would read some of the books that Angie would reject. When Val was in the hospital, I loved that Anne would read them out loud to him.

It did seem rather abrupt, the time period between when Angie and Val met and when he was attacked (It seemed like only a few days) but then again it was hard to tell the passage of time in this book. Usually there is something that indicates how much time has passed, but there were very few clues.

This was not the only problem that came up in this book. Before launching into all of my problems with this book, let me start by saying that I contacted the author and let her know about some of the discrepancies that I found. I appreciated how receptive Victoria Marshal was to my suggestions and so I raised my rating. Many of the problems that I found should have been caught by her three editors, but were not.

At the start of the book, Anne was referred to as Angie's maternal grandmother, but later it was stated that she was the girls paternal grandmother. There was also a later issue, but I don't want to point it out because you know me and giving away plot points. There were other spelling issues, missing words and wrong tenses. All things that an editor should have caught.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Substance than I Expected.
I have to confess, I began this book thinking it was going to be a fluffy romance novel with a drag queen best friend as the only twist. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Melissa A. Bartell
2.0 out of 5 stars Melodramatic and Portrayed Transvestites Incorrectly
This book started off incredibly strong. There were a couple of laugh out loud scenes that really started the book off strong. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by N. Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and heartwarming story!
I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book. I only read part of the summary on amazon and decided that the short strip I read gave me more than enough... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Patricia Guerrero
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about a journey of the heart...
I am not a fiction reader. I repeat....NOT a fiction reader. My personal preference are memiors and biographies, but I happened to pick it up and read a few pages and was surprised... Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by JObraske
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my "normal" kinda book
I have a friend that recommends books for me to read, they told me I had to read this book, new author and they were sure I would like the book. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Anthoney Jaworski
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Rich in Characters and Emotion
Can you imagine growing up sandwiched between beauty queen sisters? Angie learned to define herself by intelligence and toughness as the middle of three girls, especially since her... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Tia Bach
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More About the Author

Hi I'm Victoria Marshal. Mother of two. Wife to one.

I live and write in the northern part of Minnesota. I don't complain about the weather here because the colder it is outside the more I want to stay inside and work on my writing.

My first book, Bookended By Beauty Queens, is available from Before the Fall Books and I couldn't be happier!

I believe in the power of the human spirit, that we need to laugh more, and that P!nk puts out the best music on the PLANET! Don't even try to argue with me on any of these points because I'm stubborn.

Blessing to All!


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