One Night

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a remarkable story of dreams awakened and lives transformed in . . . One Night

Carrie Jamison has the success part of "having it all" down pat—but "love/marriage/family" seem just out of reach. Still, she enjoys the admiration of everyone at KUTE radio . . . well, almost everyone. Serious, straightlaced newscaster Kyle Harris disapproves of Carrie, which leads to tension, ...

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Overview

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a remarkable story of dreams awakened and lives transformed in . . . One Night

Carrie Jamison has the success part of "having it all" down pat—but "love/marriage/family" seem just out of reach. Still, she enjoys the admiration of everyone at KUTE radio . . . well, almost everyone. Serious, straightlaced newscaster Kyle Harris disapproves of Carrie, which leads to tension, confrontation . . . and then, inexplicably, to one extraordinary night!

Now Kyle's determined to make an honest woman out of her! But though her dreams seem merely an "I do" away, Carrie needs to really know if love or guilt is inflaming Kyle's ardor. Because if it isn't true love, this happily-ever-after is never going to happen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061081859
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 171,816
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

"You're fired," Clyde Tarkington announced. Carrie Jamison looked up at the station manager for KUTE radio and blinked back her shock. She opened her mouth, but words refused to come. "I don't understand," she managed finally.

"Which word?" Clyde asked, shuffling his fat cigar to the other side of his mouth. "You are canned, out of a job, unemployed, terminated."

But. . ." It took her a few more moments to collect herself. "Who'll take over the morning program?"

Clyde chewed on the end of the fat cigar. "I haven't decided that yet.

Carrie noticed he didn't seem overly concerned about finding a replacement. She focused her attention on the scarred wood desk and resisted the urge to argue, to list her accomplishments, the success of her ideas.

'May I ask why?" She already knew the answer: Kyle Harris. The newscaster had been a thorn in her side from the first. But it wasn't all her fault. Kyle didn't like her either.

"You can't seem to get along with Kyle."

Naturally the good-ol'-boy network would fire her instead of the man. Carrie was surprised at Clyde. She'd always thought of him as fair. Now she knew otherwise; men stick together.

"We rub each other the wrong way," was all Carrie was willing to say.

"It's gotten much worse lately," Clyde said.

Carrie agreed. The tension between her and Kyle Harris had grown so thick in the last few weeks it could have been sliced, toasted, and served with coffee. It had came to a head when she tricked him into shaving off his beard. He'd never forgiven her, and to be fair, her tactics had been slightly underhanded. But she never would havebelieved she'd lose her job over it.

Clyde sat down, crossed his stubby legs, and seemed to wait for her response.

Carrie was fond of Clyde. He was the fatherly type, with a receding hairline, deep blue eyes, and a head and a heart for radio that she'd long respected. He was her boss and her friend -- or so she'd once believed.

"How long do I have? she asked, in a weak, almost unintelligible voice. "Two weeks?"

"That sounds fair," Clyde said.

He took the cigar out of his mouth and stared at the end of it. As long as Carrie could remember, she'd never seen him light one.

"Unless . . ." He paused, and his gaze met hers with the force of something physical.

"Unless what?" Carrie asked, eager now. She scooted to the edge of her seat, hoping, praying he would offer her a reprieve.

"Never mind," he said, shaking his head. "It'd never work."

"What?"

"I was thinking you two might come to some sort of agreement. But" -- he released an exaggerated sigh -- "you've worked together for nearly a year and haven't been able to get along in all that time. Nothing's likely to change now."

"We started off on the wrong foot," Carrie said, remembering when they'd met. One glance had told her they were headed for trouble. Her morning show consisted of bells and whistles, jokes and pranks. The newscaster was a stuffed shirt; to him the news was a somber business. Carrie bad suspected Kyle Harris wouldn't be amused by her brand of comedy. And she was right.

From the first day, Carrie felt Kyle's mild contempt. It might have been her imagination, but she doubted it. He thought of her as silly and artificial, and she viewed him as a curmudgeon. The fact that he shared the same political views as her father hadn't endeared him to her either.

"Is this all because of Kyle's beard?"

A shadow of a smile quivered at the edges of Clyde's mouth, but he suppressed it. "In part," he said. No amusement leaked into his voice.

"It was all in fun."

Carrie wanted to shake herself for the things she'd said. She hadn't meant to insult Kyle by suggesting he had a face made for radio. It was a joke. She should have known better.

"The ratings for my show doubled that week," she reminded him.

"Are you suggesting we give you an award?" Clyde's voice rose half an octave in irritation.

"He hasn't grown it back," Carrie said, wanting to make light of the event. She found Kyle's clean shaven face to be surprisingly appealing. Her perception of him had changed. Without the beard, his jaw was lean and strongly defined, giving him a distinctly rugged appeal she would never have guessed was there. She hated to admit how curious she'd been to discover the man behind the mask.

Clyde couldn't seem to decide if he wanted to stand or sit. He got out of his chair as if he were suddenly uncomfortable, walked over to the window that overlooked downtown Kansas City, and gripped his hands behind his back.

"Have my ratings gone down?" she asked nervously.

"No," Clyde admitted. "Don't misunderstand me, Carrie, you've done a good job. That's not the problem. The reason I'm terminating you is because of what's going on between you and Kyle. The rest of us aren't blind. We all work together, and we can't be one big happy family with the two of you constantly at each other's throat."

"I'm not the only one to blame," she said, to defend herself. It wasn't as if she'd started a one woman war against Kyle Harris. He'd tossed out his own fair share of innuendoes and insults.

"It's become an issue with the staff," Clyde said. "In the beginning it was like a game; everyone got a kick out of the way you taunted each other. It isn't amusing anymore. What started out as fun has become destructive to the entire station."

One Night. Copyright © by Debbie Macomber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Did not care for thiis one

    Could not get in to this one like some of her other books

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

    very good book

    enjoy all the books by this author

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    Great writing and story!!  Recommend Highly!!

    Great writing and story!!  Recommend Highly!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Seth

    What?

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    Posted June 8, 2013

    Cat

    Leaves. Stay w fallen. I lost intrest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I actually had a hard time believing that Debbie Macomber author

    I actually had a hard time believing that Debbie Macomber authored this book, it was definitely not up to par, the first book of hers that I ever was disappointed with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Great Author, Can't go wrong with her books!

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I love Debbie Macomber, and this book was no exception. It started out to be a story that I thought was going to turn into a romance, and that happened, but it became such a suspense, I couldn't put it down.

    I think that many book clubs would enjoy this book.

    I loved every minute of reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Amber

    Ok i love u bye:'(

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Victor

    Hi im back amber i missed u so much*tears were streaming down his face

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Great book

    As always Debbie Macomber never lets you down. She draws you in from the very first page and this one was no exception.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2010

    I liked this book - easy summer read

    I just finished this book August 2010.

    I liked it.

    It was easy to read, romantic, relaxing, some suspense, and didn't get boring in any chaper.

    I enjoyed it.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    Skip this reissue

    I'm generally a fan of Debbie Macomber and picked this up because it was a new arrival. I usually pay more attention to see if a book is a reissue, but not this time and I wish I had skipped it. The plot is ridiculous and the characters are just caricatures of the characters she usually creates. I'd definitely skip this book and pick up something more recent from Ms. Macomber.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Terrible Example

    I'm so glad this wasn't the first Debbie Macomber book I ever read otherwise I would've missed out on some good stories and great characters. The plot twists were ridiculous and the characters were very flat, except for Lillian, but she was a minor character. While it wasn't a horrible read, it certainly wasn't exemplary of Macomber's talent and skill.

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