One Perfect Night by Lisa Henry ~ Book Review by Lirtle

one-percect-night-cover-1Title: One Perfect Night

Author: Lisa Henry

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/03/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Historical


Townsville, Australia, 1943.

Tanner is a captain in the US Army, stationed at a radio post on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Nick is a coastwatcher, a man whose voice Tanner has only heard before over the radio waves.

They meet in the middle of war, when nothing is certain but this: Tanner and Nick are owed one perfect night.

Lirtle’s View:

This is a quiet story, a literal snippet in time when nothing was guaranteed. That’s probably one of the worst feelings in the world, realizing there’s no guarantee.

No guarantee can also cause a great determination to take a chance, to grab hold, to use that ability to shut out the rest of the world for a night.

Inside the hall, the band played on. The music carried outside on the breeze, muted by the whispering of the palm fronds and the chirping of insects.

Sometimes it really does feel like fate when you meet someone. Sometimes when you meet someone, your time together is short, not meant to be a part of your life forever. Sometimes when you meet someone, they stay with you forever, even when the sun rises and the world breaks back into your life, taking back control.

So much potential, you can’t help but desire more. Sometimes more isn’t meant to be.

Then again… maybe…

Lisa Henry knows how to write and therefore tell a short story. It’s not easy. The first thing I ever read  by her was a shorty, Falling Away, and both it and this demonstrate her power in getting right to the meaty heart of people, and making us feel that.

She does that here. Her power is on display here. Her detail is sweet, just like the breeze rustling the curtains, mixed with the unavoidable bittersweet of the time and circumstances. The one thing I kept reaching for while reading was a bit more bite in those details, a bit more meat. Not a longer story but longer detail.

Never mind about that, though, because the feelings are what matter here, and those she delivers.


One Perfect Night on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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