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It Happened One Season
Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern

March 29, 2011/ ISBN 9780061993374
Historical Romance / Regency England

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

It Happened One Season features four novellas based upon a common theme: a retired army officer must find a wife and produce a son to insure succession for the family estate.

In The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor, Tabitha Makepeace has found a coded message. An army decoder before he retired, Sebastian offers to help after Tabitha explains that her friends are being blackmailed. Together they work to solve an intriguing mystery and find the blackmailer, and discover love along the way.

In Hope Springs Eternal, Alec Trentwell seeks Penelope Markham, the sister of a man he killed during battle. Alec is captivated by Penelope’s beauty and realizing she’s an artist, asks her to paint his picture, hoping to find the right moment to confess. But then scandal threatens Penelope and he asks for her hand in marriage, hoping that love will help her forgive.

In Only Love, Cleo Pritchard is a widower who felt unloved during her marriage. Now she only wants a lover, but when Jack Gilchrist meets the beautiful and witty Cleo, he’s certain she’ll make the perfect wife. But can Jack heal the emotional hurt that keeps Cleo from feeling loved?

In Fate Strikes a Bargain, Nathaniel Beckwith has no desire to search the Ton for a mate. When Nat meets the clever and kind Philippa Reynold, he sees she has a pronounced limp and no suitors. He quickly seeks her hand, little knowing she’d capture his heart.

While the premise of the plots is the same, each author brings their own unique qualities to these novellas, which were an absolute delight for this lover of historical romance. While I have my favorites, the sensitive characterizations, passions, sexual tension and growing emotional awareness made for an excellent and satisfying read, mastered by four very talented authors


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