New York Times bestselling historical romance superstars Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with beloved fan favorites Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern—the four authors who brought you It Happened One Night—are back with It Happened One Season. Even more inventive than their bestselling first anthology, It Happened One Season presents four love stories set during an unforgettable Regency social season—each passion-rich novella based on the same themes chosen by readers during a month-long online contest…yet each one surprisingly, delightfully unique!
A novella, previously published in the print anthology It Happened One Season. Sebastian Trantor is in need of a wife. But although he's scouted the ballrooms, drawing rooms, and salons of London, he's yet to find a single worthwhile candidate in the young ladies paraded before him. They simper; they giggle; they are completely unsuitable. Then, he discovers Tabitha Makepeace—breaking into a desk! He quickly realizes that this clever and resourceful young lady is the bride for him—but how is he to convince her of that?
Six years ago, Ross Mitchell and Lucy Fleming shared a hot holiday weekend in Manhattan, back when he was just a hard-bodied guy in a tool belt and she was an impulsive photography student. Fast-forward a few Decembers: Ross and Lucy meet again, by chance, at his office Christmas party. And when they find themselves alone and snowed in after hours, it's not long before they're making their own body heat--again. Only this time, the sex is better than ever! But is it just another holiday romp between the sheets? Or will Lucy and Ross finally get to keep what they really want this year--each other!
AMANDA'S ROMANCE RESUMÉ ♥ First Love: Ten years ago, Amanda fell madly in love with Dance, the most handsome man she'd ever seen. They kissed till dawn, whispered sweet nothings about forever. Then suddenly it was over…. ♥ Present Love: In the middle of the worst week of her life, guess who she comes face-to-face with? Dane—looking more gorgeous than ever…. ♥ Forever Love: Now Amanda has only seven days— and nights—for a second chance to say, "I do!"
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.
A movie that swept the 1934 Academy Awards and captivatedDepression-era America, It Happened One Night challenged theways Americans imagined marriage, romance, gender, and classdifference. This book examines key scenes and formal features ofIt Happened One Night, and explores its lasting importancein film history and in cultural studies. Consideration of the film’s role in establishing thegenre of the romantic comedy film Investigations into the film’s persistent sexuality andits creativity in avoiding Depression-era censorship Establishment of the cultural, economic, and political contextof a film that directly addresses the Depression and classissues Exploration of how the film invokes and develops the stardom ofClark Gable and Claudette Colbert and how this stardom intersectswith the film’s topics of gender, genre, sexuality, andclass
In A Dry Season is the tenth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Dead Right. During a blistering summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb's End – hidden from view for over forty years. For a curious young boy this resurfaced hamlet is a magical playground . . . until he unearths a human skeleton. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is given the impossible task of identifying the victim – a woman who lived in a place that no longer exists, whose former residents are scattered to the winds. Anyone else might throw in the towel but DCI Banks is determined to uncover the murky past buried beneath a flood of time . . . In A Dry Season is followed by the eleventh book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Cold is the Grave.
Occasionally quirky, sometimes rollicking, always affectionate, these 30 compelling stories range from the area's “discovery” by a French explorer who was hopelessly lost to the legendary shooting of a Green Bay Packer coach’s dog. Read about how Wisconsin virtually seceded from the Union during Prohibition, became purgatory for rock stars, and ended the turbulent 1960s with a tragic bombing. It Happened in Wisconsin does justice to a state rich in fascinating history and colorful characters.
"June is a time when the vineyardist thins and trains shoots, which seem to grow inches a day. During thinning and training one learns intimately about the personality of the grapevine. It is a strange creature, and one can see why in ancient Greece and Rome it represented the cycles of life. The bark on the main trunk tends to be cracked and crumpled, hanging in threads in some places, and reminiscent of a withered old man. It’s not pretty to look at. But the vine comes to life in the smooth brown canes that were young growth the year before, and then in the tender, rubbery green shoots of the current season." In 1998, Gary and Rosemary Barletta purchased seven acres of land on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Descending to the west from the state route that runs along on the ridge overlooking the lake, the land was fertile, rich with shalestone and limestone bedrock, and exposed to moderating air currents from the lake. It was the perfect place to establish a vineyard, and the Barlettas immediately began to plant their vines and build the winery about which they had dreamed for years. The Barlettas’ story, as John C. Hartsock tells it, is a window onto the world of contemporary craft winemaking, from the harsh realities of business plans, vineyard pests, and brutal weather to the excitement of producing the first vintage, greeting enthusiastic visitors on a vineyard tour, and winning a gold medal from the American Wine Society for a Cabernet Franc. Above all, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery describes the connection forged among the vintner, the vine, and terroir. This ancient bond, when tended across the cycle of seasons, results in excellent wines and the satisfaction, on the part of the winemaker and the wine enthusiast, of tasting a perfect harvest in a single glass. Today, Long Point Winery sits on seventy-two acres (eight of which are under cultivation with vinifera grapes) and produces sixteen varieties of wine, a number of which are estate wines made from grapes grown on their property. With interest in winemaking continuing to grow, the Barlettas’ experience of making award-winning wines offers both practical advice for anyone running (or thinking of running) their own winery, whether in the Finger Lakes or elsewhere, as well as insights into the challenges and joys of pursuing a dream.
Only in the world of major league baseball could an ordinary man like John Meek find himself with the extraordinary opportunity to fulfill his childhood dreams. At 45 years old, a serious car accident left him with a freakishly deformed right arm . . . and an unexpected ability to throw pitches that no one had ever seen before. Unable to resist a spring amateur-day tryout for the Baltimore Orioles, Meek appears on the mound in Florida and puts away seasoned pros, one after the other. From that point on, Meek's middle-class existence evaporates into the rarified atmosphere of major league baseball. What follows is a season worthy of baseball's legend-rich history . . . a season of tension, challenges and changes for Meek, his family, teammates, and fans. It's a season that climaxes just the way you hope it will . . . or does it? No true baseball fan will want to miss this One Season. William B. Moran, author of One Season, A Baseball Tale, is a federal administrative law judge. Over the past 17 years, he has presided in cases involving many government agencies. These have included cases brought by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, the Department of Agriculture, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, among other agencies. Some of Judge Moran's cases have been noted in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, he has a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University, and a Masters of Laws degree from Georgetown Law. Though no gifted baseball player, he is not entirely an academic, having qualified for, and competed in, eight Boston Marathons. The author has had numerous non-fiction writings published. One Season is his second work of fiction, following his debut novel, ALJ.
The peculiar and moving story of a Congolese boy's coming-of-age amid the political strife of postcolonial Congo "It is even said-but I admit that it's difficult to believe, even though I got this from my uncle-that when Papa was born, you couldn't follow the World Cup or the Olympics live and that Coca-Cola had yet to spread the selling of soft drinks to our village. Michael Jackson had yet to become famous . . . If all this was really true, I wonder how men managed to fill up the twenty-four hours of the day, three hundred sixty-five days a year." His nickname is Matapari, which means "trouble." He is an African child of the '90s-brilliant, mischievous, postcolonial, postmodern-caught in the crossfire of a chaotically liberated African country. Matapari grows up in a world of talking drums, the Internet, and satellite TV, a world of dictators who remake themselves as democrats overnight. His uncle is a stooge for the dictator; his father is a scholarly recluse obsessed with proving that blacks played key roles in Western history. Matapari is a young man in the middle-but the shrewdness and wit with which he tells his often riotously funny story set him apart from his relatives and countrymen. Emmanuel Dongala uses the ingenious viewpoint of a child to show up the telltale world of adults-and to show how one preserves one's independence in a corrupt and violent society.
It Happened in Arizona features thirty-six episodes from Arizona's history—from the thirteenth-century creation of the Hohokam's irrigation canals to the incredible building of the Hoover Dam in the twentieth century. From explorations of the Grand Canyon to a stagecoach robbery, these episodes paint a lively portrait of the state. This revised edition includes two new chapters, a locator map, an updated design, and new/updated facts and figures.
Has anyone ever asked you—What were the best days of your life? That one period of your life you always wanted to go back to? And live that life . . . one more time? When asked this, I closed my eyes and went back in my own past. And I thought . . . . . . of the days, when life's most complex choices had a simple solution of Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo! . . . of the seasons when rains were celebrated by making paper boats. . . . of the times when waiting at the railway crossing meant counting the bogies of the train passing by. When I opened my eyes, it seems Like it Happened Yesterday! Like it was yesterday that I broke my first tooth and fell in love for the first time. Like it was yesterday, when I was about to lose my friend, and suddenly he became my best friend. I look back and it becomes a journey full of adventure. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and I know I’m here because I was . . . Come, hold my hand, and take this trip with me. It will be yesterday for you, once again!