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.
So in the span of 30 pages, Henry managed to get me fully invested in Tanner and Nick, give me hope for a future, rip my heart out, and leave me wondering what tomorrow will bring. This is the very reason I have a difficult time saying no when her books come up for review. I might not know what to expect from the storyline, but I know it’s going to be one heck of a reading experience and One Perfect Night was no exception.
After hearing a voice on the radio for months, Tanner has a chance encounter with the man behind the voice. As Blue Sky Guy’s voice has given him hope and something to look forward to during a war-torn time, Tanner offers to buy Nick a drink. When it becomes apparent to Tanner that Nick is receptive to more, they continue their evening together as Tanner sets out to give them both one perfect night. This isn’t a case of instant love. Rather this is two men sharing an attraction and acting upon it and as it’s wartime, they rationalize away the potential consequences for the here and now because no one is guaranteed a tomorrow. Instead of their night together being a seduction, it’s more of a savoring of their time together – a building of a memory that may be all they have to get them through to the next day. Theirs is a bittersweet parting because they can only hope to meet again. But the ending. Oh my, that ending had me grabbing for tissues because the way Henry leaves it open gives the reader a chance to decide what they think tomorrow looks like. One Perfect Night was a moving read and another example of how talented an author Henry is.