Don't Forget to Smile
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Don't Forget to Smile

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Sometimes, a dream must be shattered before it can come true

A long, brightly lit runway, an audience hushed in anticipation as a tuxedoed announcer is about to read a single name, the name of a radiant young woman, who will be crowned the most beautiful in America. Tory Duncan, a stunning coed from South Carolina holds her breath. All her life, she has worked for this mome...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Worldwide Library (first published August 15th 1986)
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Victoria Duncan is a ex-beauty queen. She started out in the child pageants and made it all the way up to second runner up in the Miss America Pageant.

But people in the small blue collar town of Sullivan City,OR don't know about that. A hard worker with monumental organizational skills and the knowledge that research is the key to everything, Victoria opens up a bar that welcomes the regular Joe loggers and their families. She becomes plain old Tory, a bartender with a sympathetic ear and an ea...more
This book was recommended as having a good beta hero and it definitely delivered on that front. Joe doesn't pursue Tory at all, he thinks she is completely out of his league, and is happy just to have her to talk to, until she makes the first move. That said, Joe is clearly a leader, but he has subtlety. He listens to people and makes suggestions. An important part of the plot involves Tory pushing him to see that he doesn't have to try to fit in with everyone else, that it's OK to be ambitious...more
Jennifer Nennifer
Kathleen is one of my three favorite living authors. I have never lent one to anyone who didn't like Kathleen, men and women alike. Some of her books are date because she wrote them years ago, but all are still very worth reading - even the Harlequins!

This is the first one I read, so it is my favorite.
Lynn Calvin
romance,beauty queen
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