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It Happend One Night by Lisa Dale


Cover art: It Happend One Night Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: It Happend One Night
Author: Lisa Dale
Publisher: Grand Central
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-40690-1
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Current/Vermont
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Lisa's Website/Blog: lisadalebooks.com

Lana Biel has lived with a desire to see the world for a very long time. However, she has stuck around Vermont and built a business with her sister Karin. Lana and Karin love each other dearly but they are very different. While Lana wants to travel, Karin wants to create a family by adding a baby to their couple. Lana just wants to date and have fun. So things become quite complicated when Karin canít get pregnant and yet Lana does.

Lana doesnít think the man she was dating would be interested but has discounted that her best friend, Eli, loved her enough to be a father to the child. When Lana insists she and Eli remain friends, he doesnít think he can stay in the picture.

Lisa Dale has created a beautiful family story. It is full of emotion as Lana and Karin work through the trials associated with running a business together, the every day business of being sisters and then the added stress of one wanting a baby who finds out the other one (who doesnít) gets pregnant. It tells the story of Lana as she goes through self-discovery of what she truly wants as a sister, as a business owner, as a mother-to-be, and more importantly, as a woman.

I love the interaction between Karin and her husband as they go through the struggle of wanting a child and not being able to get pregnant. They struggle with the events as they unfold and find themselves on the rocks and having to solve those feelings.

The key piece of the story, though, is the relationship that develops between Lana and Eli. So many times in life we donít take the time to figure out what our heart truly desires. These two nearly waited until it was too late.

It Happened One Night is a sweet story. There are quite a few characters with some secondary stories interwoven with the hero and heroine. However, they lend depth to the story and richness to the family.


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