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IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern

Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1800s England

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Four uniquely talented authors take on the delightful task of writing a story using the same plot twist: a couple separated by 10 years meets for one night at an inn. Each novella is different and perfect in its own way; each story is destined to charm readers.

In Laurens' "The Fall of Rogue Gerrard," rakish lord Robert offers to help Lydia Makepeace uncover hidden papers. Lydia finally has Robert where she wants him, and passion and mayhem ensue.

When her coach is in a collision, Nora Ryder is rescued by Richard Kemp, Lord Bourne, her onetime husband. Ten years ago they eloped and were forced apart by her family, but at the inn they discover their love never died and that they're still "Spellbound," in Balogh's beautiful story.

D'Alessandro's touching "Only You" has two cherished childhood friends rekindling their love when recently widowed Cassandra Heywood casts propriety aside to claim the heart and soul of inn owner Ethan Baxter.

During his days fighting Napoleon, Captain Sam Pellow kept his love for Wilhemina, the Duchess of Hertford, deep inside. When he has the opportunity to share time with her, he's determined that "From This Moment On" she will be in his heart -- and in his bed -- in Hern's wondrous tale. (Avon, Oct., 370 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Avon

Published: October 2008

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Four stories with the same plot.

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 10, 2010 - 9:00pm.

Each story in this anthology has the same basic plot: Hero and heroine who haven't seen each other in 10 years, accidentally meet at a country inn.

This book actually took me a long time to read. I just couldn't get interested in these stories which were mediocre at best. The best for me was Mary Balogh's story of two young lovers separated (by her father) when they were young, now finding each other due to a carriage accident. Neither Laurens or D'Allesandro's stories showed us anything new. Candice Hern is a new author for me. The story was about an older couple (40's). The problem was they spent most of the story reminiscing about their various meetings throughout the years. I just wanted to say "Stop talking and get on with it". My rating: 3 Stars.