(from our DIK review) Tory Duncan, a former Miss America contestant, now runs a bar in the small Oregon town of Sullivan City. Joe Brigham is a logger turned rising star in the union. When Joe’s kid sister Lisa enters the Miss Sullivan City pageant, they turn to Tory for help. But Tory’s pageant past isn’t exactly a success story, and not something she’s thrilled to revisit. Watching this beta hero make a major life change and a talented heroine find herself after years of pleasing others is very satisfying. With richly detailed settings and a complex supporting cast, Don’t Forget To Smile is a wonderful ordinary-life story I’ve reread many times and highly recommend.
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