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The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink)
The Night I Got Lucky - Red Dress Ink
Author: Laura Caldwell
ISBN-13: 9780373895311
ISBN-10: 0373895313
Publication Date: 9/1/2005
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Red Dress Ink
Book Type: Paperback
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11 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

TakingTime avatar reviewed The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink) on + 1072 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Good easy "mindless" read. A "chick lit" book that serves its purpose well.
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Quick fun read about the things we wish for and getting them may not always be what we want.
mkdmom avatar reviewed The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A very enjoyable fast read that looks at the question of what if I got everything I wanted?
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I gave this book one star because it was actually very good in the beginning. It was better than Caldwell's other book "The Year of Living Famously" which I couldn't get into. It just got way too far fetched in the middle and I like books to be more realistic, so I didn't like it and don't think I'll be reading anything from this author again since it's the second book of hers I didn't like.
PetrusPup avatar reviewed The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink) on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A fun read!
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cute story...makes you realize that you should just be happy with the way things already are...
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I really liked how this started but lost interest about halfway through - it's an entertaining cinderella type story and is an easy read.
sharalsbooks avatar reviewed The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink) on + 259 more book reviews
This was one of the books that have been languishing on my to be read pile, gathering dust for years. I am still despondent that the Red Dress Ink line was discontinued. Nothing brought a smile to my face like opening my mailbox to find my monthly arrivals waiting for me. If I werent already a fan of Laura Caldwells books, The Night I Got Lucky would have made me one.

Billy Rendell is a character anyone can relate to and I found myself empathizing with her immensely. Everything from the angst of having an unusual name, to abandonment issues, unsatisfying marriage and career struggles, Billy is carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Weve all been there and we all have wished for things to be different or to get what we want. Its the human condition. What I really liked about this story is that Billy learns that getting what she wants may not be the best thing.

After yet another visit to her therapist where she again whines about the state of her life, her therapist gives her a small jade frog and tells her that her luck will change. Billy goes home, slightly offended and disbelieving, puts the frog on her nightstand and goes to bed. The next morning, everything, and I mean everything has changed! Billy now has everything she thought she wants. The promotion, the attentive and loving husband, the sexy coworker now attracted to her, no longer missing her father who walked out on Billy and her mother and sisters, just to name a few. This is where things get really interesting and Billy quickly learns that everything comes with a price and for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

As Billy tries to cope with the massive changes in her life, I got the impression she was drowning. Nothing was working out quite the way she had pictured. Billy decides that destroying the frog will put everything right. I got such a kick out of all the ways Billy tried to destroy the frog, even dropping it off the top of the Sears Tower. But every morning when Billy awoke, there was the frog back on her nightstand smiling at her. I got such a good sense of the desperation Billy was feeling by this time, and though her situation is no laughing matter, I couldnt help but be amused at her reaction every morning.

Billy finally realizes luck and wishing away her problems are not a solution and she has to actually take action, participate in her life, and bring about the change she wants to see. I thoroughly enjoyed the results.

My Final Verdict: Overall, this was a very good book that I could not put down and I recommend it to all fans of the chick-lit and romance genre. This book was highly entertaining and the author does an excellent job of creating characters the reader will have feelings for and be drawn to. The secondary characters were intriguing and interesting too, without taking the readers focus from the central storyline. If you arent a fan of chick-lit, consider giving Laura Caldwells mysteries a try. I definitely will be.
kdurham2813 avatar reviewed The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink) on + 753 more book reviews
If you are in the mood for a light chick lit read - grab this one. It is cute and sweet and even has a message to take away. The main character Billy (yes, a female named Billy, she blames her father) is not so happily married and not so happily working as an account executive at a PR firm. She visits a therapist and then overnight her life changes and all the things she was complaining about in therapy have changed for the positive. But as she lives this new life she sees the negative amongst all the change.

I loved that she was living in her new life and it slowly unfolded that she wasn't enjoying each thing that she had wished for. As she finds out what made these changes occur, it is hilarious to watch her try to get her old life back.

A great girlie read that can be read almost in one sitting whether that be on a lounge chair by the pool or curled up by a fire in the winter. A Red Dress Ink oldie but a goodie!
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thought this was a good book... caldwell has def written some better books but this was still a good read..
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This is a brand new book I never read it. I have read this Red Dress Ink line before and loved the ones I read.