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It Happened One Season

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,545 ratings  ·  133 reviews
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

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ebook, 432 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 29th 2001)
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I shall give you 3 stars overall!

3 stars for the Laurens story. I, um, don't remember it very well at this point, but it was fun! Just not in love with the execution.

3 stars for the Balogh, too. Mostly, I remember thinking it would work a lot better if it were longer. Oh, and I'm not a fan of pining or instalove, which were combined here, but, uh, also at first seemed like she had been simply attracted to him five(ish) years ago, but then it turned to I'VE BEEN IN LOVE YOU WITH YOU FOR FIVE YEAR
Four veterans return and are told they must find a bride and begat some kids asap. They meet four ladies facing another season without any suitors. 3.5 stars.

The Seduction of Sebastian Tranton, Stephanie Laurens
Sebastian Tranton likes to solve puzzles and hates to flirt. So he hides out in his buddy's library and runs into Tabitha, who has a puzzle that needs solving. After deciding that he'll a) solve her puzzle, and b) marry her face off, he convinces her to pretend to be engaged for the lengt
Mary Gramlich
written by Stephanie Laurens, Jacquie D'alessandro, Candice Hern, Mary Balogh
03/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages

To a soldier what is more dangerous the battlefield or love?

The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor by Stephanie Laurens: With his brother unable to produce an heir the responsibility of finding and marrying a woman capable of the task falls to Sebastian Trantor. A former soldier who loves the unexpected but does not love the Ton at all
3.5 stars, but I'm in a good mood, because this is essentially an anthology of marriage/engagements of convenience.

Why are there not more of those? I would read the heck out of those.

Seriously, this is an anthology of younger sons of Earls being told by their older brother that his wife can't have any more children, so younger son needs to get married and produce a male heir post-haste.

Seriously, that's entertainment value in and of itself.

The first is by far my favourite. Because it involves a
This was an interesting historical romance anthology and as with many an anthology a mixed bag for me. All the authors stuck to the one plot line they planned to follow: The second son of an earl who is back from the war and needs to marry to provide an heir for the family because his older brother only has daughters. And the female protagonist who is considered a spinster, plain looking and has never had a beau or in some cases experienced real love.

However, even though all the authors had to f
Lisa Kay
- Overall
I listened to the audiobook; the two alternating narrators are Simon Prebble and Anne Flosnik. At first, I thought my lower rating on Ms. Laurens’ story was due to my discomfort in listening to a distinguished, elderly English gentleman narrating the love scenes; however, it didn’t bother me when he narrated Ms. D’Alessandro’s tale. Or maybe I had just become used to his voice.

The premise on this one is great. What would happen if the second in line to a title, inundated by nieces, w
Four authors come together to write four different love stories that happened during the same year in Season time. There is blackmail, war heroes,love affairs, and other action. The stories include: The Seduction of Sebastian Tranton by Stephanie Laurens; Only Love by Mary Balogh; Hope Springs Eternal by Jacquie D'Alessandro; and Fate Strikes a Bargain by Candice Hern.

A brief summary:

"The Seduction of Sebastian Tranton": Sebastian must find a bride after his brother had a fifth daughter and no w
The Mary Balogh piece was up to her usual high standards. The Candice Hearn was also charming. The other two were much less appealing. I haven't read Stephanie Laurens in years, and this book reminds me why; the heros and heroines are all alike, and they seem to ignore the conventions of the period she writes about. Its completely unconvincing that a society hero and heroine of the period, even when pretend-engaged, would cavort around the countryside for a couple of days in a carriage, and agre ...more
A pretty insipid anthology. The Balogh story is sweet, and I liked the pairing in the Hearn story -- a disabled, overly protected heroine and a hero with PTSD. The other two stories were too dull to finish.
Okay. I liked all of the stories. But to have every conceit be the same? Younger son (no expectations of inheriting title) all of a sudden finds out that he is now his brother's heir because said brother's wife has only given him girls and can't bear anymore children? Fun one time. Four times. Thppt.

"Seduction of Sebastian Trantor" by Stephanie Laurens -- Sebastian is hiding in a library at a party to avoid the marriage-minded mamas and their daughters. He's even locked himself in, but someone e
I'll say upfront that I'm normally not a big fan of anthologies. Sure, there's usually one or two good stories from one of my favorite authors, but overall, I plan on about a 50% favorability rating. Needless to say though, when I saw the authors involved in It Happened One Season I was pretty can you go wrong with Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D'Allessandro and Candace Hern?! Yet while I love all 4 of these historical romance authors, I was a bit concerned because all ...more
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What a fun group of stories this book turned out to be. In this book, the authors all took the same premise and wrote different stories for them and I was mighty interested to see if they'd all end up writing the same story and I'm pleased to see that they didn't. Each story was unique and different and though I longed for more, when I closed the book after finishing the last story, I was content.

In the first story, we get Sebastian and Tabitha's story. In this story, they're thrown together bec
Amy Jacobs
Have you ever read a book and wondered what would have happened if the story had went a different way? Well in this story, there are four authors telling different takes on a certain storyline. Basically, you get four different reads in one book!

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how each author brought something different to the story. Each one of them had their own writing style while using the same basis of a plot. What made it even more enjoyable was the fact that I found myself excited to
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart.


The first anthology from these amazing ladies, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was so good that I was eagerly awaiting their second endeavor with IT HAPPENED ONE SEASON. With the exception of Ms. D'Alessandro, all the other authors are on my keeper shelf, and I had very high expectations, which, I have to be honest, were met.

As the blurb states, this book offers four different stories with the same plot line. All four of th
A reclusive former soldier, the younger brother of a titled lord, must marry in order to ensure the succession of his family line. The heroine is shy and/or unattractive and has never had a suitor. These are the underlying threads in the four stories you'll find that It Happened One Season revolve around. The fun part - each author uses this thread and the stories they weave are all so very unique and different from one another.

The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor by Stephanie Laurens - Sebastian
Amanda dalon

This book came together by 4 authors. these authors let their readers choose one theme (plot) for all four stories only told differently in each of the author's unique voice.

"The seduction of Sebastian Trantor," by Stephanie Laurens

I have always felt that Lauren's was a bit long winded, i frequently find myself skimming through most of her books. I do enjoy her work however this story leaves alot to be desired. the characters aren't believable, both hero and heroine seem very 'squared
This is an interesting concept anthology. The concept, voted on by romance readers, is that each author writes a Regency novella that meets the following criteria:

The younger brother of a titled lord, the hero had a career in the army but has lived as a recluse since returning from the war with France.

Heroine is shy or unattractive and after many seasons has never had a suitor.

Hero's brother has only daughters and asks his brother to marry in order to try to ensure that succession stays within t
It Happened One Season is an Anthology with the same four Avon Historical Romance authors that wrote It Happened One Night in 2008. In It Happened One Night, there was a common theme that the authors Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern created. Each author wrote a story about a proper young lady free from society’s constraints due to being stranded at a remote inn where she comes face to face with the one that ends up being her HEA (Happily Ever After). This tim ...more
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf..

I usually stay away from anthologies as short stories just make me want to pull my hair out. There's more often than not little characterisation, interaction and plot development to satisfy my reading curiosity. But actually - for this anthology, none of those actually mattered! I was surprised by how interested I was, as a reader, in seeing how one plot can essentially be carved into different stories. Plus, I love the premise of the said plot!

It Happened O
My review originally posted at Joyfully Reviewed:

A reclusive former soldier, the younger brother of a titled lord, must marry in order to ensure the succession of his family line. A shy or unattractive heroine who has never had a suitor. What do these plot points have in common? They were picked by readers to be the basis for the four stories in It Happened One Season . Four talented voices in historical romance have reunited to take on taken on the chal
(RATING:4.5)IT HAPPENED ONE SEASON by Stephanie Laurens,Mary Balogh,Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern is an historical romance set in Regency England.It is four different stories written by four wonderful authors each with their unique writing style.It is about four returning,second titled Lords,who are battle scarred and weary,and four shy,unattractive,spinster lady's.The four hero's need to marry to carry on the family title as the older titled brothers all have girls.When there brothers a ...more
This was a cool premise.. based on "guidelines" set by a winning contest entry.. all four authors had to have 1) A Hero is younger brother of a titled lord, had a career in army and has lived as recluse since war ended 2) Heroine is shy or unattractive and has never had a suitor and 3) The hero's brother only has daughters and asks his brother to marry to continue the line.

Each of the authors managed to write very different stories considering that they used those same guidelines. The first two
I can gobble up these types of books like big bags of M&Ms, especially around the holidays. Even though they all pretty much taste the same, you finish them off one right after another - and you’re a bit embarrassed to be devouring them so avidly - and it’s nothing you want anyone to watch you gorging on. They are one of my guilty little pleasures!


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A Letter From the Authors

Dear Reader,
We had so much fun writing
I usually love anthologies. It's a good way to discover new and talented authors. However, I was disappointed by Stephanie Laurens's "The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor". I thought the characters weren't very unique or interesting. I know it's trivial,but I hated the name, Tabitha Makepeace. Every time I read her name, I cringed! In my opinion, Mary Balogh's "Only Love" was much better. Jack Gilchrist shared a kiss with Cleo Pritchard during the war. Years later, they meet again. He proposes a m ...more
This book has four short stories by four different authors and on the back of the book it says "each story is as unique as a lover's first kiss'. Humm.... not really. I did like this set of books but read them all and they all sound pretty much the same, the younger brother goes off to war with no hope of inheriting the title of the family because he is not the first born male in the family, but after his return (toured mental state) and than informed by his older brother he needs him to find a ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
It Happened One Season is a series of four stories with the same theme by four different authors. The theme, a younger son must marry and produce an heir because the older brother has only daughters and can have not more children, came from a fan. The author’s invited fans to submit ideas and the best were put up for a vote. This theme was the overall favorite and won the vote.

I enjoyed how each author took the theme and made it their own. While each story had some similarity the actual stories
Stephanie Laurens' - 5 stars (surprising, since I didn't really like her story about the heroine's sister in the previous collection "It Happened One Night") - lots of fun.
Mary Balogh's story - 4 stars - a lovely story.
Candice Hern's - interesting setup (the heroine has a bad hip and an over-protective family while the hero is affected with PTSD from the wars) but rather dull execution - 2.5 stars.
Haven't read the remaining story by Jacquie d'Alessandro yet.

I agree with several reviews I've seen
Lynne Tull
I normally do not read anthologies/novellas. The stories are too short for me. I want a little more detail and a little longer courtship. The beginning, climax, and 'happily ever after' speed by too quickly. It smacks of fantasy. I like to believe that 'happily ever after' takes longer than 1/4 of a book.

That being said...I really like listening to the novellas. It is almost like listening to a radio drama. Yes, I am dating myself. I grew up with the radio. There was no TV for me until I was in
I like the idea of romance short stories and I liked that each story was based around a unifying theme. However, I think the authors should have developed a broader theme on their own, rather than let a reader choose. The stories ended up being a little too similar for my taste. I liked Laurens' story the best, and Hern's story the least. I know it's hard to decently develop a character in less than 200 pages, but Laurens clearly knows what she's doing. In any case, I have no doubt that readers ...more
I loved this book far more than It Happened One Night. Giving the characters more time allowed them more depth and made the stories more enjoyable.

My only complaint was that the restrictions were a bit too tight. If they were exactly what was printed on the back cover that would have been fine but the actual restrictions dictate the reason behind the hero's need to marry (his older brother has all girls). It doesn't impact any of the stories, it doesn't mean the authors fail in their mission to
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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