Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mini Review: It Happened One Night


It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale was another vacation read from way back in February so this will be another mini review. I was thinking I might be crazy for reading a book with a winter scene on the cover when I was in the Bahamas but the chilly season didn't feature heavily in the story. Phew!

Here's the synopsis:

Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it.
Lana Biel has always wanted to shake the dust of Vermont off her feet and see the world, one exotic country after another. But when a lighthearted spring fling changes her life forever, she turns to the one man whose strong shoulders can lighten any burden: her best friend, Eli Ward. Eli has always been there for Lana--after all, that's what best friends do.
But Lana isn't the only one hiding something. Eli is keeping secrets of his own that threaten their relationship. Yet as summer turns to fall, new desires awaken between them, even as old fears tear them apart. Then, when another Vermont winter fills the valleys with snow, Eli and Lana are given the chance for an adventure greater than they ever dreamed possible...and a love that will last for all time.
I was really looking forward to this book but, unfortunately, it was a bit of a let down. Part of it was the storyline and part were the characters. It drove me crazy that Lana bottled everything up and wouldn't let her emotions come through. This caused many more issues - she should have just learned to say what she thought! Lana had so much going on and unfortunately she wasn't able to lean on her sister, Karin, because she was too wrapped up in her own issues and always seemed to be negative.

This novel was all about facing your feelings and really understanding why you are the way you are. Each character - Lana, Eli, Karin - all learn something important about themselves over the course of the novel and that was nice to read, even if it was frustrating while they were learning! Overall, this was a decent book. Others may really enjoy it more but I think I have to put this one in the just-not-for-me column.

Happy reading :)


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