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RAVES FOR LISA DALE AND SIMPLE WISHES:

"Dale's modern characters and complex situations read well, and the conflicts between characters highlight the fact that some heartbreaks last longer than a lifetime. Simplicity delves deep in this tale."
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

"Haunting...a well-paced emotional wringer."
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

A lifelong bookworm, Lisa Dale is a firm believer that there are few things in life better than curling up with a novel and a cup of tea. Lisa Dale worked in publishing for a number of years before earning her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A former assistant editor of The Literary Review and nominee for Best New American Voices 2010, Lisa lives and writes in Northern New Jersey.

For book trailers and excerpts you can visit Lisa's personal Web site, www.LisaDaleBooks.com. Or you can join the conversation on www.BookAnatomy101.com, a blog where Lisa dissects, scrutinizes, and otherwise tinkers with "how books work." Lisa loves chatting with readers and writers, so log on and say hi!

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446406902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446406901
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,478,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am nerd who likes smart, romantic stories that are emotional and character-driven! When I'm not writing, I'm reading, knitting, or hanging out with friends.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on November 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lana and Eli have been best friends for ten years. The absolute best of friends, having only stepped over the friendship line once in college. That night they gave into temptation and slept together, however, Lana is so terrified to lose Eli, the next night she pretends to seduce someone else to scare Eli away. Their friendship survives that night, however and since then, Lana has gone through many boyfriends, most recently Ron, who accidently gets her pregnant. Ron is the type of boyfriend who stops by on a whim when he is in town, and he doesn't show up again. Lana confides in Eli, terrified to tell her sister who is desperate herself to have a baby. Lana herself is terrified to have a baby and doesn't think she will make a good mother. Eli is in love with Lana and has been for a long time but now that she is pregnant, he doesn't know if this is the time to tell her.

I rarely read straight-up contemporaries but I have to say It Happened One Night was a nice change of pace. Lana had a rough childhood - her mother died when she was young and Lana and her sister, Karin, move into the boarding house her father owned. Karin ends up raising her, since her father bascially makes sure they were fed and clothed and that is it. Except for her sister, who is extremly overbearing, Lana has been left by everyone she thought loved her. Now as an adult, deep down she still has that fear. She has stayed at her sister's farm more out of feeling she owes her sister something while all Lana wants to do is explore the world and go on an adventure. Ironically, she pushed Eli away in college and now Eli travels the world.

Let's talk about Eli for a moment. I love my alpha men, but I have a special place in my heart for betas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 29, 2009
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Lana Biel dreams of seeing the world, but is devoted to helping her married sister Karin run their wildflower farm. Karin dreams of having a family but so far has not conceived. Lana ponders over living in Burlington and realizes she is not living her dream, but that of Karins'; she wants out without hurting her sibling but has no way to do so.

Lana becomes pregnant, but has doubts about raising a child especially as a single mom; besides she fears an infant will nuke her plans to leave Vermont. She turns to her best Eli Ward for advice as she has already ruled out an abortion. However, Eli has his own issue as he wants to tell Lana he loves her, but fears his revelation could result in the end of their friendship.

This is a fascinating Vermont contemporary extended family drama that is wildflower refreshed by the two sisters, who are realistic especially with their self indulgent whines (somewhat overdone with no cheese) making both of them not particularly likable. They make the tale as ironically Eli is a likable player, but seems underdeveloped. Not an easy read, It happened One Night is a deep look at what happens to people when dreams are not fulfilled and even when they are.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Matrisch on October 28, 2009
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Lisa Dale writes the books that I wish I could. I don't know what it's like to go through a pregnancy, but I felt like I did with the novel's heroine Lana Biel. What I love about Dale's writing is that she crafts realistic romances, but the romances aren't the focal point of the story, IMO. This and her debut Simple Wishes are women's fiction. If you're a person who just can't get into romances, then buy this book because you're into strong feminine characters and want a female to cheer on. Dale won't disappoint; just buy her novels already :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on December 13, 2009
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IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT by Lisa Dale
Genre: Romance
Rating: 3.5/5
Summary (From Goodreads): Lana Biel has always wanted to shake the dust of Vermont off her feet and see the world, one exotic country after another. But when a lighthearted spring fling changes her life forever, she turns to the one man whose strong shoulders can lighten any burden: her best friend, Eli Ward.
Eli has always been there for Lana--after all, that's what best friends do. But Lana isn't the only one hiding something. Eli is keeping secrets of his own that threaten their relationship. Yet as summer turns to fall, new desires awaken between them, even as old fears tear them apart. Then, when another Vermont winter fills the valleys with snow, Eli and Lana are given the chance for an adventure greater than they ever dreamed possible...and a love that will last for all time.
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It was really hard for me to give this book time, I felt like putting it down and giving up after the first few chapters. It wasn't written particularly well, and I didn't like the characters a whole lot. I still don't. However, the story ended up being pretty good.
It was hard for me personally to look beyond the bottom line of the story: Lana had sex, got pregnant with a baby from a man she didn't love, then she fell in love with her best friend. Her sister desperately wanted her to put her baby up for adoption so she could have it, and her father who never fathered them came back in the middle of it all and caused nothing but problems.
There were a few parts that just seemed out of place--Ron (the baby's father) coming back and proposing, Gene (sister's husband) walking out, and the apologies from the father. It just didn't feel realistic. I'm not quite sure why.
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