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Beauty Queen (Lear Family Trilogy #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  864 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Three glamorous sisters live up to the last-wish demands of a dying patriarch, and compete for that elusive dream called love. This imaginative update of Shakespeare's "King Lear" is a hit with the critics:
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Berkley
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DNF@1 hour in

Couldn't finish this hot mess.

The heroine is, frankly, fucking useless. A former beauty queen who grew up extremely wealthy, her life falls apart after her husband divorces her. Divorces suck, that's a given, and I really don't want to blame the victim here but the woman deserved it. She has the personality of a rain soaked cardboard box and while I really couldn't care less one way or another how women choose to live their lives, if you're going to give it all up and be a housewif
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
Jan 17, 2010 Holly Lee (Bellas Novella) rated it really liked it
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The second book in the series "Beauty Queen", features Rebecca Lear, the star child of the family. Rebecca was once married to a well-to-do man, with whom she had a child with. She was a socialite stay at home mom that had given up her dreams of becoming an artist to become a beauty queen and appease her father.

When Rebecca's husband decides to take a younger wife and leave her hanging she is left feeling worthless and without any marketable skills.

To support her 5 year old son she takes the onl
Ayu Wirdha
Jun 05, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it it was ok
Hmm ini knapa ebooknya ndak ada tanda bacanya? Jd lier... Btw, Rebecca ini selama married dgn Bud ngapain aja? Deket ama anaknya aja engga, krn setelah bercerai Gray selalu menanyakan nanny-nya drpd ibunya sendiri. Sampai2 Gray berharap nanny-nya married dgn ayahnya. Lagian yah si Rebecca ini lebih bnyk mikirin Matt atau kampanye drpd mikirin cara spy lebih deket dgn anaknya. Cerita banyak ttg kampanye dimana Rebecca & Matt menjadi sukarelawan. In the end, tdk bnyk org spt Rebecca & Matt ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Qtpham85 rated it really liked it
This book completely involved my emotions. I couldn't put it down! The characters were well developed, and I can't wait to read all the other related books! It made me cry several's that good! Starts out slow, but it quickly builds momentum.
Nov 08, 2014 Joni rated it liked it
The second in the series and I find myself reading the series backwards (again). I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I liked the book well enough I just really did not care for Rebecca that much. Although I did love how she always rescued dogs and ended up keeping the ones nobody else would take. I did not care for Matt at the beginning but he really grew on me right away. Rebecca is a former Beauty Queen recently divorced and a single mother. Her child was mostly raised by nanny's up until the divorc ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. The story is all about a beauty queen ten years after winning her crown and she is wondering about her life and if she has the ability to do anything worthwhile. Rebecca Lear and her son, Grayson, moves back to Austin trying to find meaning in her life and then she accidently meets Matt Parrish. Their relationship is more of a love/hate thing but once Matt starts to understand where Rebecca is all about, he realizes that he can't live without her. She leans a lot abo ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Naomi rated it liked it
Book 2. Not as good as the first.
Dec 25, 2014 Istiningdyah rated it liked it
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Beauty Queen is the second book in the Lear Family trilogy. This time, the spotlight falls to the second sister, Rebecca Lear. Rebecca is a former beauty queen. She’s just got through divorce. With no special skills or job experience, she’s trying to find who Rebecca really is. Along the way, she’s invited to volunteer for a political campaign. An old friend of her ex-husband is running for lieutenant governor for Texas. She’s invited because of her social connection, but she sees it as an oppor ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"The second installment in London's contemporary Lear sisters trilogy (Material Girl, etc.) showcases her talent for depicting the progress of intimacy between two equally strong and unpredictable lovers. As a young woman, Rebecca Lear gave up her dreams of an artistic career to be a dutiful daughter, a beauty pageant queen and a glittering socialite wife. Now, a divorcee with a five-year-old son, she discovers that a life spent meeting others' expectations has left her with no marketab
3.25stars actually

Book 2 of the Lear Trilogy spotlights middle sister Rebecca who is still recovering from her shocking divorce as she tries to stand on her own and find job! She cutely meets dark handsome Matt Parish then horror meets him again as they are working on the same campaign.
Rebecca is so out of her element on so many things but thanks to all of the self improvement she has been working on, she is never without a plan. Matt had it all together until he met Rebecca who changed all the
Kerry Croucier
May 27, 2013 Kerry Croucier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beauty Queen", the second book in "The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters" by Julia London follows Rebecca, the second daughter of Aaron Lear. Lear is a self-made man and one of the richest in Texas, who wants his to be sure his girls will be fine without him once he is diagnosed with cancer. Rebecca is a former Miss Texas, who gave up her own dreams to be the "Perfect" wife and mother. When her husband moves on, she has to find a way to stand on her own two feet, and find direction, without help f ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Patria rated it liked it
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Over the years I have delighted in both Julia London’s historical and contemporary titles. When it comes to her historical titles, I prefer her earlier books – they seem meatier than her later formulaic tales. But when Ms. London turns to her contemporary voice, I’m rarely disappointed. She has a significant contemporary backlist although the number is confusing as her Thrillseekers Anonymous series is being rereleased with new tit
Cindy Austin
May 24, 2013 Cindy Austin rated it it was amazing
Julia London has a wonderful trilogy surrounding the Lear sisters. Launching out from a historical path, to a more modern one is a big success for Julia. Each sister has a different path; and all are affected when they find out that their father is dying.

Rebecca; a former beauty queen, and sometimes mom (a nanny has practically raised her son)goes through a bitter divorce. Looking for a job when you have NO experience doing anything is almost impossible. Luckily, Rebecca is invited to help with
Sep 19, 2011 Donna added it
The Lear Sisters Trilogy by Julia London
Material Girl, Beauty Queen, and Miss Fortune.
Material Girl – Oldest sister Robin is a high powered V.P. at daddy’s company a job she is ill prepared for and frankly sucks at. Meet Jake a guy from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it as a contractor while studying architecture.
Beauty Queen – Middle sister former Miss Texas, Rebecca, is newly divorced from her childhood sweetheart with a small child who cries for his nanny. Meet man whore Matt t
Jul 18, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Beauty Queen by Julia London is book two of the Fancy Lives of the Lear Sister series. Rebecca is a divorcée with a young son trying to find her place in the world after her husband of ten years leaves her for another woman. No longer willing to be the doormat her former husband made her think she was, she strives to find a job to help find herself but as a former Miss Texas who dropped out of collage to be a wife she is immensely under qualified for anything. Matt Parish is a charming, good loo ...more
May 24, 2013 Debby rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Julia London's, Beauty Queen, the second in the Lear Family Trilogy. The background is that the father has told his three daughters that they have to earn their way or they will be cut off.

This is Rebecca's story. A former beauty queen with a fake friends, a lifestyle that doesn't have a lot of substance and a husband who has just left her and their child for a younger woman Beauty Queen envelops us in Rebecca's struggle to find herself and her sense of worth - all while strugg
The privileged Lear girls are being taught to work and provide for themselves by their dying father, Aaron Lear. This book was about Rebecca Lear the middle Lear girl and how she overcame a nasty divorce with a prominent man. Just like her older sister, Robin, she met a man in a most unusual way. (very predictable) However, I did not like this new man, Matt. I was very disappointed that Rebecca fell in love with Matt as he obviously has some type of bi-polar defect. Matt had three stages: contem ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
An enjoyable read with interesting characters. Made all the more enjoyable because I read it in the sunshine on holiday! Didn't realise this was part of a trilogy - may look out for the others.
Bernette Beals
Aug 02, 2015 Bernette Beals rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beauty Queen review

Beauty Queen is the second book in The Lear Sisters series written by author Julia London. I thought this was as good as Material Girl, just not as much humor.
Barbara Blanc
Mar 21, 2014 Barbara Blanc rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the entire trilogy. This was the second book and I loved that she found out how to do good things with her life and her spare time so to speak. Her child added to the story. What a piece of work she and her sisters have for a father.
Aug 01, 2014 Tarri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good book to listen to while doing other things. The characters are nice if they are supposed to be nice, and rats if they are supposed to be rats, and it is obvious which are which.
Mar 20, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Alexandria Tale

I don't really like Rebecca halfway through the book. She was a bit spoiled, IMO. She didn't know Google, for God's sake! Fortunately she turned for the better in the halfway down the book. On the other hand, I was one time rather annoyed with Matt. True, he was arrogant beyond belief, but he crossed the line here. He accused her of not knowing anything just because he didn't agreed with her opinion. He thought she was just a beauty queen, so she didn't know anything. When she said she bought
Jo Ria
Dec 13, 2015 Jo Ria rated it liked it
Matt is a jerk and the story itself is inconsistent. But it is an easy and enjoyable read
Amy Napier
Apr 26, 2015 Amy Napier rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!
Angela Kitchen
Feb 09, 2014 Angela Kitchen rated it really liked it
good story, good character development
Feb 08, 2014 Kati rated it liked it
Perfect beach read
May 18, 2014 Cferjani added it
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Feb 08, 2014 Dpic added it
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more
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Lear Family Trilogy (4 books)
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