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Christmas on Mimosa Lane (A Seasons of the Heart Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Anna DeStefano
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Book Description

Includes Reader’s Guide for book club discussions.

Anna DeStefano presents a touching Christmas story about love, loss, and healing—and the joys of coming home.

A childhood spent on the streets leaves Mallory Phillips longing for a normal life and a perfect Christmas. Now an elementary school nurse in Chandlerville, Georgia, Mallory’s dream to blend into the picturesque community isn’t working out. She’s once more living a loner’s existence. Then an emotionally fragile seven-year-old appears in her living room in the middle of the night, and Mallory’s isolated world is turned upside down.

This is Polly Lombard’s first Christmas without her mother, and she won’t utter a word to anyone—except Mallory. She believes Mallory holds the key to helping her father overcome his sadness. Despite Pete Lombard’s lingering grief over his wife’s death and concern for his daughter, his resistance to their mysterious neighbor crumbles as he spends more time with Mallory and falls for her amazing heart. But when her past returns to haunt her, is Mallory strong enough to keep the Lombard family in her life? And can the spirit of Christmas heal these broken souls and bring them all the joyous, loving holiday they deserve?


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Hoping for the normal life she was denied as a child of the streets, school nurse and social worker Mallory Phillips has moved to quiet, charming Chandlerville, GA, for a fresh start and the Christmas she’s always dreamed of but never had. When motherless seven-year-old Polly Lombard shows up at her house in the middle of the night hiding near the Christmas tree, Mallory knows she needs to help, whether Polly’s recently widowed and still grieving EMT fireman father, Pete, likes it or not. As she works to help Polly, Mallory helps Pete with his grief as well. Still it isn’t until Mallory finally comes to terms with her past that she finds love and acceptance and truly “comes home.” VERDICT: Issues concerning mothers and daughters, family, and grief are at the heart of this intense, heart-wrenching, yet uplifting romance that would make a solid book club choice. DeStefano (Secret Legacy) lives in north Georgia.

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"Christmas on Mimosa Lane celebrates the resilience of not only the holiday spirit, but the human spirit as well. You won't regret being part of that celebration." —Kathy Altman, USA TODAY, Happy Ever After

"This book is a perfect tearjerker, with a cast of characters that will reaffirm readers' faith in the incredible power of the human spirit. With tragic events that feel real, this story is a terrific read. Keep tissues handy as you fall into the compelling world created by this standout author!" —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars (Mild)

"[This book] will tug on your heart strings...This was my first book by Anna DeStefano and I can't wait to read more of them. I finished this book with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes! If you want to read a wonderful but heart wrenching book then Christmas on Mimosa Lane is the book for you." —Fresh Fiction

"Anna DeStefano grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn't let go. Christmas on Mimosa Lane is a touching, emotional and timely story, with characters who will stay with you long after the last page has been turned." —Brenda Novak, New York Times best-selling author

"Christmas on Mimosa Lane is a charming, tender delight with unforgettable characters. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you feel as if you've come home yourself to a magical place where Christmas dreams do come true. Anna DeStefano is a treasure!"  —Teresa Medeiros, New York Times best-selling author of Goodnight Tweetheart

"A deeply emotional story that furls around your heart like a Christmas ribbon." —Lori Wilde, New York Times best-selling author

"A fearlessly emotional novel about the redemptive power of love, Christmas on Mimosa Lane explores the grief of a little girl and the wounds of the two damaged adults trying to help her. Four hankies. Five stars." —Judith Arnold, author of Goodbye To All That

"Anna DeStefano's Seasons of the Heart novel [Christmas on Mimosa Lane], is a heart-wrenching, redemptive story that doesn't shy away from some of the hardest parts of love, but ultimately celebrates the beautiful ability of the heart to heal, and to love again...Though seldom easy, Mallory and Pete's story was a heartfelt and compassionate one, and I'm eager to spend some more time visiting on Mimosa Lane soon."—The Romance Reviews

"Christmas on Mimosa Lane is one of the most emotionally powerful tales I have read in a long time." —Romance Junkie Reviews, 5 Blue Ribbons

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085MNR0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready For The Warm Christmas Season With This Book November 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is the third or maybe fourth book I have read this holiday season that surrounds Christmas and I am certainly not complaining. I am sure that I will be reading many more! I was very drawn in by the cover of this book simply because who wouldn't want to wake up to this on Christmas morning? It looks almost like the sun is breaking through the clouds on the cover as well. This book also surrounds the feeling of Christmas and truly captures that loving and giving spirit that most people experience throughout the holiday season.

This story follows a few different families that are living on Mimosa Lane, what a quaint street name! Each of them is feeling lonely or missing someone or some feeling this Christmas season. They are all trying to enjoy a Merry Christmas, but certain circumstances in their lives have left them empty in some way, shape, or form. I loved the way that Anna DeStefano connects each of the families on the lane and allows their stories to intertwine as well. I felt like I had moved onto Mimosa Lane myself and was part of this tight knit neighborhood.

My favorite story on the lane was the story of Pete, Mallory, and Polly. Pete and Polly have just lost their wife and mother recently and Polly, still in Elementary School, is having an extremely hard time coping. Just the thought of a small girl without her mother made me tear up while reading because I could never imagine life without my own mother, and I am a grown woman. Polly was such a loving and sweet little girl who was drawn to Mallory, their new next door neighbor, and her beautifully lit Christmas tree. Polly would often sneak out of their house and Mallory would find her lurking around her backyard or right in her living room!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many layers November 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Not your typical romance. Many issues that are handled honestly. Great read. I was extremely touched by the emotional depth.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and heartfelt October 26, 2012
By Skye H
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This book is brilliant. The characters are so real and I cared about them as if they were real. I cried some and I smiled a lot off and on throughout the book. The main character's personal brokenness: can she overcome it or will it keep her always longing but always apart? It doesn't have to be Christmas to read this book; the people and the feelings are real any time of the year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing November 28, 2012
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After a childhood on the streets with her bipolar, alcoholic mother, Mallory Phillips learned never to trust in love. Now she found a community to call home, but she can't settle into the cozy town. When Polly Lombard sneaks into her house late one night, Mallory finds herself connecting to the young girl who just lost her mother to cancer. She's also finding herself bonding to Polly's grieving father, Pete. But can this family and the community give Mallory the one thing she always wished for... A perfect Christmas?

This is my first book by DeStefano, but it will not be my last. This story, written with heart and clever psychological depth, had me weeping one second and smiling the next. Most impressive was that the book was broken into three sections to adapt to phases of healing. This wasn't a rushed love story with a Christmas angle. Nothing felt out of place or unrealistic. And every character jumped off the page. From the secondary characters to the town itself, this was an engrossing read. This is an author to keep your eye out for, and stock up on Kleenex.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerker November 30, 2012
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I liked the story as it seemed true to a real life circumstance and it had a HAPPY ending! Having lost my daughter-in-law 2 years ago at age 42, who left a 6 year old daughter for my son to care for, it was very dear to my heart. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Great Christmas story. DeStafano wrote a realistic plot that will make you want to read more. I really wish there was a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 22, 2012
By maars
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One of the best books I've read. Couldn't put it down until I had finished it. Recommend it for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it,deep and insightful. November 22, 2012
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Loved her way of writing,poignant but not mushy.All my girlfriends that are interested in true human relationships and want to learn more about scenarios we might never have thought about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!!
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!! LINDA
Published 9 hours ago by Linda Ladue
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book....sadness...courage....love...caring...it had it all. I was on Mallory's side throughout the story....and so happy she finally found love and happiness..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rockwell gal
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
it is a great Christmas love story with all the sad and happy elements that make a book good, I love this kind of book. I strongly recommend this book
Published 3 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas on Mimosa Lane (A Seasons of the H...
In this book Mallory is a clinical nurse at a school. She gets involved in helping a little girl whose mother died six months ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas on Mimosa Lane
It was an awesome tale to let us know that whatever we want in life is worth fighting for and to never give up. Most especially to let those around us help even when it hurts.
Published 3 months ago by Lkphil
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of Christmas o Minosa L:ane
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance stories with a little suspense included. The book held my
interest as you did not know how Mallory would finally... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eleanor Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas on Mimosa lane
Excellent book I really. Enjoyed it had to keep reading to be sure they got together so happy for them all..
Published 4 months ago by barbara j hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN,AND I LIKE THAT IT CONTINUED ON IN( 3DAYS ON MIMOSA LANE) TOO SEE HOW MAC IS DOING WITH HER FAMILY. 2 VERY GOOD BOOKS
Published 4 months ago by Katherine M.
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas on mimosa lane
very sweet story. i loved it. really touched the heart. there is not much more i can say without gong into the story
Published 4 months ago by Patricia A. Kasperowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
I AM A SUCKER FOR CHRISTMAS STORIES AND ALWAYS LOOK FOR ANY NEW STORIES THAT COME OUT. THIS IS THE FIST TIME I HAVE READ THIS AUTHOR AND SHE IS VERY GOOD.
Published 5 months ago by Marlene
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More About the Author

#1 Amazon Family Saga Best-seller
#1 Amazon Series Romance Best-seller
Nationally Best-selling Author of the Seasons of the Heart series and the Legacy series

Anna DeStefano is the award-winning, nationally best-selling author of more than sixteen novels, including Three Days on Mimosa Lane, Christmas on Mimosa Lane, Secret Legacy, Dark Legacy and the Atlanta Heroes series. Her background as a care provider and adult educator in the world of crisis and grief recovery lends itself to the deeper psychological themes of every story she writes.

With a rich blend of realism and fantasy, Anna invites readers to see each of life's moments with honesty and clarity. Her stories search for hope and transformation through intense emotional journeys. Anna's characters face the ultimate of human choices: finding the courage to conquer their fears and thrive until, despite every obstacle, they become the beautiful things they're meant to be.

The past president of Georgia Romance Writers, her writing has been recognized with numerous awards, including twice winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart, and the Maggie Award for excellence. She has also been a finalist in the National Reader's Choice and Book Seller's Best awards.

An author, workshop and keynote speaker, writing coach, and freelance editor, Anna's creative vision permeates every challenge she undertakes. Her interactive presentations on the writing process regularly attract standing room-only crowds. She also teaches half-day and one-day seminars to smaller groups interested in a more intensive, interactive experience.

She blogs regularly. Join Anna each week on her blog (www.annawrites.com/blog) for Soul Of The Matter, Dream Theories, Things My Teenager Says, How We Write, Waterfall Challenges, and more.

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