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Posted October 27, 2009
What if becomes what is!
We spend so much of our lives rethinking the decisions and choices we make and find ourselves saying "I should have done this" or "I could have done that". But how many times do we ask ourselves "What If"? Not a complicated or detailed thought just a simple "what if"..
What if the past is something you have to be able to shake off and you are struggling to deal with the emotional baggage brought on by an emotionally stagnant father who suddenly appears back in your life. What if you fear relationships and always leave before your partner does for fear of being deserted. What if you are searching for love and it turns out it could be the man you have always regarded as your best friend. What if nothing is turning out as planned? That is allot of what ifs for Lana Biel to handle and they all coming at her - crashing to the fore front of her life when instead of her sister Karin having a baby it turns out Lana is pregnant by a man she doesn't even know the last name of.
Lana was supposed to be a world traveler and experience life to the fullest not stuck in Vermont with her sister as a salesperson in the wildflower business. But now she finds herself with all this responsibility hanging over her head and all the past issues she never faced challenging her and now she has to decide where to take her life from here. Can she parent or does she even want to parent. Her sister Karin does and has tried everything possible to get pregnant and now Lana is carrying the baby she so desperately wants and unexpected conflicts arise in their relationship at a time when Lana needs her the most.
She has spent so many years running from one unstable relationship to another all the while avoiding the one person that has been her rock and best friend - Eli. They have danced around a relationship forever and now Eli wants to confront it but as usual Lana is afraid that the best thing in her life will change if she and Eli become more to one another but what if it does change and that change is not bad but beautiful. Is Lana strong enough to take that step and let Eli into her heart as well as her life? Eli has always loved Lana and spent too many years pining for her and trying to get her attention and take the relationship from friendship to lovers. But in the end what if Lana let's things come together as they should despite all the rocky roads she has traveled and that one huge what if becomes a what is!
This book has a wonderful WOW factor to it. It speaks to you with a whisper as opposed to a roar and takes you on an emotional ride where you find yourself hopelessly in love with all these characters and relating to all the questions they are facing. There is intimacy between the main characters that is written without much detail yet you feel the warmth and love pour over the pages and tear at your heart. The grief and angst with the father that returns is heart breaking and when Ms. Dale describes the misery this man caused his daughters you are weeping the statement is that powerful.
Mary Gramlich ("The Reading Reviewer") www.marygramlich.com
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Posted May 13, 2010
Very real and endearing characters in a heart-warming love story
Lana and Eli have been best friends forever. And even though they slept together once in college, Lana has made sure that mistake never happened again. She's determined that Eli will be the one constant in her life, no matter what.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Lana suddenly finds herself pregnant, she turns to Eli for support, but finds he's no longer the man she knew. Eli finally wants more, but Lana isn't sure how to handle his new demands. When her sister Karin has a little too much to say about her ability to raise a child, and the father who neglected them both as kids shows up out of nowhere, Lana is more confused than ever. Could she raise this child she's coming to love more and more, or is adoption her only choice?
It Happened One Night is one of those rare books that I found impossible to put down. I felt drawn into the very real situations these people found themselves in. Lana and Karin both had to deal with an unnatural upbringing, and their behavior as adults is still dysfunctional. I could easily see how Lana needed her freedom and Karin needed family stability after what they both went through. Eli also showed courage in facing his own part in maintaining his relationship with Lana, and determining to change things for the better.
I don't normally gravitate towards romance novels, because I find the plots a little shallow, but the depth of this story was surprising and refreshing. I highly recommend It Happened One Night and I look forward to reading more of Lisa Dale's novels.
Reviewer: Alice Berger
A Touching Love Story!
If you're looking for an unpredictable romance, this is the book for you. I was captivated from page one. This is one of those 'can't put down' books, so make sure you have time to read it when you start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This was my first book of Lisa Dale's, and I can tell you that it won't be my last! Lisa Dale's writing style is beautiful and the characters in this book are very believable - they seem so real. You get to know each of them on a personal level and you feel as if you've known them forever. I felt like I was right there with Lana, experiencing everything that she experienced throughout the book. My heart hurt for Eli but was filled with so much hope too. I honestly didn't like Karin (Lana's sister) at first, but throughout the book, I began to understand her pain and suffering, and by the end, I came to like her.
This is a very real, moving, and compelling story. I recommend this book to anyone who is a romance fan.
Posted January 8, 2010
Can men and women truly be best friends? Or will love get in the way?
It Happened One Night raises many of questions that I'd spent hours debating with my college roommates and single friends. Can men and women be friends or will attraction get in the way? Is it better to stay best friends with a guy than risk losing that special closeness? Lana and Eli face these questions in detail in It Happened One Night.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The novel contains the elements of a good romantic comedy - a shifting love triangle, beautiful people completely unaware of their appeal, and best friends that are on the verge of dating don't want to risk their friendship.
Aside from dealing with friendship and love, Lisa Dale delves into the pushes and pulls of family relationships. It Happened One Night is rich with emotion. I am sure that this book will appeal to many people, but it just didn't speak to me. I had a hard time connecting with free spirited Lana and was often frustrated by her response to difficult situations. Lana's responses to her crises were likely honest and realistic, but I prefer lead characters to be assertive, funny, and savvy or to have the story be wholly unrealistic and funny. Having said that, I can see many other readers will find It Happened One Night a satisfying read.
Publisher: Forever (November 1, 2009), 368 pages.
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Posted December 14, 2009
It Happened One Night
This was a new to me author, first of all. . . and I really liked it. For those that like the friends to lovers storyline, this is for you. But it's more than that. We see Lana with her sister Karin, both whose lives they imagined one way but turned out in another. There is also the changing relationship between them and their absent father. For all these people, I think I could say that it's a journey of life changes that help them see that what they might not have expected or wanted their lives to be, it's okay. And it's a great read to follow that journey too. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2009
A Wonderful and Heartwarming read
I really did love this book. From the characters to the plot line, this book had it all! I loved all the characters and adding Karin's (the sister) point of view, made it all that much more interesting. The bonds between Eli and Lana were so touching and romantic. I love how he was there for her for no matter what she needed and that he put her happiness first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2009
Wonderful Story By Lisa Dale
This my first book of Lisa Dale's and it WON'T be my last. Her other book Simple Wishes is next on my to be read pile.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is truly a story of love and relationships and their impact on families. The main character is Lana Biel. She is a young single woman who has to make the hardest decision of her life early on in the book-should she have her baby from a one night fling or give it up for adoption. Her one big dream in life was to be a world traveler but now those dreams are dashed away. Lana's second dilemma is whether to tell her married sister Karin, whom has been obsessed with getting pregnant with no success.Their childhood was difficult due to their mother's death and they were left with their non attentive father. Karin wants to adopt Lana's baby but somehow it doesn't feel right to Lana. By this time there was no way to put down the book-I was hooked.
Lana's best friend Eli Ward has been in love with Lana for a long time. They had one night together in college which turned out terribly. Ever since then Eli's only been Lana's best friend. Lana tells Eli she's pregnant with another man's child which could end all hope of Eli being anymore than Lana's friend. Eli becomes very attentive and possessive to Lana not wanting to lose his love for her.
You'll feel compelled to finish the story to find out if indeed there is a happy ending. Lisa Dale has a wonderful way of pulling all the characters together.
Posted December 10, 2009
Lisa Dale - It Happened One Night
I liked this book. Hero and Heroine cannot admit they love each other.They have loved each other for many years, have maintained a close friendship. You must read to book to find out why they are having this problem at expressing their feelings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2009
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Great story about different kinds of love
It's a really great book about relationships and different kinds of love. I wasn't sure what I thought about the main character Lana at the beginning, I couldn't understand her way of thinking and her behaviour. But after few pages, things started to make sense to me and I could connect with her and understand her. I loved her best friend Eli from the beginning, I could empathize with him. He was so in love and didn't know what to do with his relationship with Lana. Lana's sister Karin was everything you expect from the person that cannot have a child. Although her husband suffered as well I don't think he could understand her hurt. She tried to be supportive to her sister but just couldn't overcome her wish for her own baby. I didn't like Lana and Karin's father and I just couldn't fathom his change of attitude towards his daughters. Relationship between Lana and Karin is a real sister love but since Karin was the older and had to take care of Lana during their childhood she did have an attitude of a mother. I think she was too nosy for my taste and didn't understand Lana's way of life. The story is moving, real and compelling - once you start reading it you won't be able to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As I said, it really is a story about family, friendship and love. I recommend it to anyone who wants an emotional read with obligatory (but reasonable) happy ending.
Posted December 8, 2009
Another great story from this author
I really enjoyed It Happened One Night. I love that the characters have faults and make mistakes. The story is not reduced to 'bad guy vs. good guy'. It is an emotional journey about a family and choices each member makes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2009
I saw this book on a book list and was interested from the beginning. I bought it the first weekend it came out and LOVED IT! I usually walk while I read and I will have to say this one almost make me walk off the path. I can't wait until Simple Wishes comes out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2009
It Happened One Night By Lisa Dale
Lana Biel and Eli Ward have been best friends for a long time but things change between them, the feelings they have for each other become stronger.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Eli has been in love for a long time but when Lana gets pregnant by another guy he doesn't know if this is the right time to tell her. He doesn't know how she'll react. Lana has fears, deep seeded fears of abandonment because of her rough childhood.
Eli is the perfect alpha male for this story; his character is sweet, charming as well as seductive and possessive.
Lana has a sister named Karin who was with her through a troubled childhood after their mother died and they were both forced to live with their father who was not much of a father. I disliked their father right from the start and when he comes back towards the end of the book, I still disliked his character.
Karin seriously wants a baby and it seems she is jealous when her sister gets pregnant, even to the point of wanting to adopt the baby for herself.
I found myself unable to put the book down half way through it because I really wanted to know what was going to happen to these very likable characters. I was hoping for the happy ending and Lisa Dale didn't disappoint me.
From the beginning of the novel when you are just getting to know the players through the middle of the book when you really feel sorry for the troubles these people have had to go through to get to this point in their lives, to the end of the book when you just can't put it down because you want to make sure they all get their happy ending, Lisa Dale takes you along for a ride you don't want to put down.
Posted December 2, 2009
It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale
It Happened One Night is an awesome read. Lisa's writing is very unique and she has a way of making you feel like the story you're reading is about you. It sort of feels like Deja VuWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Lana and Eli are two beautiful people to read about and once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days.
It would make a great Christnas gift because it's a very relaxing read that would be perfect to read after the non stop holiday season.
Posted December 2, 2009
More like a 3 1/2 stars for me
It was difficult for me to rate this book. Honestly, it's a good book. Lisa Dale really has a beautiful writing. The way the story was told was original and VERY emotional (which I love). Eli, the main character, was amazing. A solid beta hero with just a hint of caveman attitude... the best ;-).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
He really was perfect, both in and out. Heck, every woman should have an Eli in her life !
And there stands probably the problem for me. Truth is, I really didn't like Lana very much. I had a lot of trouble connecting with her. The reasons for her behaviour are explained and some times I could really hurt for her. But mostly we just didn't bond (if you know what I mean). Maybe it's because I loved Eli so much. Some times when she hurt him (even unknowingly)I wanted Eli to find somebody else, somebody more worthy of his devotion.
I guess characters are like people. You can't love them all, or connect with them all. I read some great reviews for this book so I imagine some other readers felt close to Lana and cared for her. Unfortunatly I never really did.
I'll read any other book Miss Dale has to offer though, because she really has a lovely way to write a story. She knows how to reach the heart and make you care. In the meantime I'll keep daydreaming about wonderful Eli ;-).
Posted December 2, 2009
It happened one Night Is Wonderful !
The story is wonderful about today's daliy living,choices that everyone from time to time has to make.Be it to forgive, or Learn to live as a family no matter what different problems each family member may have . hope to look forward to being happy with one's self and to live with what choices you stand by.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Learning not to live in the past but learning to go forward.
This story is about so much more ,you read with an open mind and see yourself or someone you know or known in it, you hope that the story will go on and you find yourself hoping to read more.
Lisa Dale has done a wonderful job with this one. It is a book that everyone should read. it is perfect for the holidays that are coming up soon.
Posted December 1, 2009
It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale
This was a great book..I was not able to put it down very long..just had to get back to it and read the rest of the story. I loved the book because it was down to earth and a plot that could truly happen in real life. It was touching and at times very emotional which kept my interest going to page after page. I am keeping this book so I can re read it when I need to relax and just get into a comfortable book. This is one book to enjoy curled up by the fire and a book to free your mind of anything but what is being told in the book. I loved it very muchWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2009
A truly captivating book!
A truly captivating book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I liked most about this book was the simple to follow storyline, how the characters had a very interesting background, and that they interacted very well together.
The story moved along at a nice pace, very descriptive, yet not overdone. The story was predictable in the sense that you hoped that the two main characters, Lana and Eli, would end up together, yet there was enough confusion on both of their parts to keep them apart for a good part of the book.
Love has never come easy for Lana. She grew up in a household where she felt and was treated like a piece of furniture, rather than a living, breathing, and loving young girl. The only two people Lana has ever trusted are her sister Karin and her best bud Eli. So Lana treated any other relationship that she was in as a throw away. She didn't get attached and she moved on before it could become anything more.
Eli met Lana while in college where they instantly formed an everlasting friendship. Over the last 10 years, Eli has been fighting his feelings for Lana. He has finally admitted to loving her, to himself, anyway, but deciding to tell Lana has been causing its own internal issues with him. When the time is right, he will put it all out there and hope that she feels the same way.
Both Lana and Eli have busy lives. Sometimes, Eli would be out of town for weeks and months on end. Upon his return, he always contacted Lana so that they could get together and catch up.
Karin, Lana's older sister, has issues of her own. She's been married for three years to a man she loves and has finally opened, and is managing, a very successful business. It's at this point that Karin decides it is time to start the family she has always wanted. Problem number one, her body does not seem to think that this is the right time. So time after time, month after month, her period arrives and she is confronted with the realization that she is not going to become a mother anytime soon. She is so consumed by becoming a mother that she doesn't look at the signs that her marriage is suffering.
Life in this little Vermont town is about to change, at least for Lana, when she discovers that she is pregnant. How is she going to handle this inconvenience and what is she going to say to her sister Karin? You will enjoy the story that Lisa Dale tells in this wonderful book. Enjoy!
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Posted December 2, 2009
Lisa Dale is a wonderful new author. I recommend both of her books and look forward to her next. Real story and characters. The author has a smooth and fresh writing style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2009
It happened One Night is a different type of romance. It is more old school and traditional which I appreciated greatly. I was captivated with the story and the characters. The relationships which were important, between the sisters Lani and Karin as well as Lani and Eli are delved into in a sensitive way. This book is unforgettable due to the unique story and the writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As Summer Turns to Winter
It Happened One Night reminds me of Dorothy's continued refrain "There's No Place Like Home". To paraphrase, if one goes seeking one's heart's desire they might find it was there all along. As a romance, I think this book succeeds. The dynamics of unrequited love on Eli's part. The damsal in distress on Lara's part. Both in her unfulfilled dreams and in her pregnancy. And the third part of the triangle Lara's sister. Each character seems to be pining for something that they have not attained in their lives. Yet, it seems that life may have other plans while each of them is intent on other goals. Many stories are able to create a likability for the characters but I think this story succeeds in not doing that. I found myself growing inpatient with each of them. Primarily because they seemed to not appreciate the situation life had given them and live in it. It's a good book to put on one's winter reading list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.