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It Happened One Season Mass Market Paperback – 29 Mar 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061993379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061993374
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

We asked our readers what story they would most like to see from four bestselling authors. They responded . . .

A handsome hero returns from war, battle-scarred and world-weary. But family duty calls and he must find a bride.

A young lady facing yet another season without a suitor never expects to find herself the object of his affections.

It Happened One Season

Four amazing talents

Stephanie Laurens
Mary Balogh
Jacquie D'Alessandro
and
Candice Hern

have come together to create one of the most unforgettable events of the year. The results are spectacular—each story is as unique as a lover's first kiss.

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.



Growing up on Long Island, New York, Jacquie D'Alessandro fell in love with romance at an early age. She dreamed of being swept away by a dashing rogue riding a spirited stallion. When her hero finally showed up, he was dressed in jeans and drove a Volkswagen, but she recognized him anyway. They married after both graduating from Hofstra University and are now living their happily-ever-afters in Atlanta, Georgia. They have one grown son, who is a dashing rogue in the making. The author of more than thirty historical and contemporary romances, Jacquie loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website.



Candice Hern is the award-winning author of historical romances set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the era. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to help bring her books to life.



New York Times bestselling, multi-award-winning author Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, land of sea and mountains, song and legend. She brought music and a vivid imagination with her when she came to Canada to teach. There she began a second career as a writer of books that always end happily and always celebrate the power of love.


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This book is the result of a competition whereby fans of the four authors (Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern) were encouraged to submit ideas for a storyline which each author would use for a short story. The winning storyline was: the hero, a younger brother of a titled lord, had a career in the army but has lived as a recluse since returning from the war with France. The heroine is shy or unattractive and, after many Seasons, has never had a suitor. The hero's brother has only daughters and asks his brother to marry to try to ensure the succession."

This plot summary is developed by all four authors into different stories, all ending happily of course.

Stephanie Laurens' "The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor" used the familiar theme of a `fake engagement' to divert attention from a potentially scandalous scene. Mary Balogh's "Only Love" felt rather familiar - with elements of her books `Irresistible' and `More than a Mistress' woven together in a story of a widow receiving a second chance at love (although apparently doing her utmost to scupper the opportunity!). Jacquie D'Alessandro's `Hope Springs Eternal' has a young lady whose rather racy artwork has caused her to be cut by polite society finding love with her deceased brother's commanding officer - a man with secrets. Candice Hern's story, `Fate strikes a bargain', featured a disabled young lady who hasn't ever found a suitor but who may be just the thing for a retired soldier suffering mental traumas from Waterloo.

All four stories were enjoyable but I particularly liked Candice Hern's story. Her heroine, the disabled Philippa Reynolds, was extremely well written and the way in which she deals with her disability was impressive.
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I bought the anthology because I'm a Mary Balogh fan but Jacquie d'Allessandro's was the best one by far.

Stephanie Laurens tale was too tall - the heroine's 'Sisterhood', the 'mission' all a bit far fetched. The heroine is described as being so beautiful you don't really understand why she is still 'on the shelf' after however many seasons and all in all it was a story I skimmed.

Mary Balogh's Only Love was a bit of a combination of some of her longer books as one of the other reviewers points out but it was quite sweet and well told. Not very memorable and not that satisfactory.

My favourite of the four was the story by Jacquie d'Alessandro in which the heroine is an artist and sister of the Hero's sergeant who died at Waterloo. The Hero feels responsible for her brothers death and looks her up to find that she is in desperate straights having lost her job through no fault of her own. The reason I liked this story is that they get married early on and you see their married relationship develop before the slight complication at the end. It was a sweet tale and more realistic that some of the others and well told.

Candice Hern's version was alright. The Hero's battle trauma was not very evident but ther heroine's disability was well dealt with.

The plot line that they were given was a bit too restrictive to allow each to vary too much in my view and it did make the stories rather repetitive. I thought 'It Happened One Night' which was a previous anthology by the same four authors worked better and seemed to give each author more scope for variation so you didn't end up with four similar stories told in slightly different ways. I think that's why I enjoyed J d'A's version most this time - partly because it was the most different of the four.
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A big Thank You firstly to Phyllis Post, the lady who won the Avon Books competition for coming up with the idea(s) of the plotline.

The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor - Stephanie Laurens
Only Love - Mary Balogh
Hope Springs Eternal - Jacquie D'Alessandro
Fate Strikes A Bargain - Candie Hern

The plotline for these four stories is:
1. The hero, younger brother of a titled lord - had a career in the army - now living as a recluse since returning from war.
2. Heroine is either and/or shy, unattractive - had many Seasons without a sniff of a suitor.
3. Hero's brother has only girl offspring and badger his brother into finding a wife a.s.a.p. & set up his nursery to ensure succession.

I shan't go into each individual story (I'm sure there are far better critics out there to do so), except to say that, my personal favourites are Candice Hern's & Jacquie D'Alessandro's great efforts, but still overall an ok read.
I would recommend this book, even though the storylines are obviously the same.
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I thought all the stories were well written as you would expect from 4 of the better writers of this genre. The idea of basing them on the same concept added to the interest. Georgette Heyer they are not but life has moved on from her time and a bit of spices now expected. It is of course highly unlikely to have taken place in this time period and even less likely to have had such a pleasant outcome but come on we read these books to suspend reality.
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