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

Anna DeStefano
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 Amazon Family Saga and Series Romance Best-seller

Book 1 in the Seasons of The Heart Series, with recurring characters in the #1 Amazon Short Story, Here in My Heart, the heartwarming beginning to the Echoes of the Heart series!


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?


Editorial Reviews

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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: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085MNR0U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 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
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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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT a light, happy story December 11, 2012
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I was looking for a sweet Christmas novel to lift my spirit this holiday season. This was not it. I tried to ignore the poor editing/proofreading, such as typos in the character's name (Malloy instead of Mallory and Mai instead of Mal). I tried to get past how overly verbose the prose was (such as when a character knocks on a door, and you have to read another page of what he's thinking before he enters the room). The final straw for me was when I realized that every day this holiday season, when I finally had some free time to relax and read, I was actually dreading going back to all the drama--the nonstop grief and personal angst these characters wallowed in right up to the last page. So, based on the reviews, some people really like heavy, psychological dramas for the holidays, but I just want people to know what's in store for them in this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many layers November 10, 2012
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Not your typical romance. Many issues that are handled honestly. Great read. I was extremely touched by the emotional depth.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and heartfelt October 26, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many issues January 1, 2013
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Tried another book outside my usual mystery/suspense genre. All of the lead characters in this book have issues and the book is about their working their way through these issues. Mallory is a loner and is afraid to love adults or develop true relationships. Polly is missing her mother who died about six months ago and no one can relate to her acting out. Pete is in a cocoon of his own making due to his wife's death and doesn't know how to relate to his daughter. In the end they all come together for a great Christmas.
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7 of 8 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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9 of 11 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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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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#1 Amazon Family Saga Best-seller
#1 Amazon Series Romance Best-seller
#1 Amazon Short Story Best-seller
Award-winning Author of the Seasons of the Heart and Echoes of the Heart series

Anna DeStefano is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Mimosa Lane novels and the Atlanta Heroes series. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she's lived in the South her entire life. 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. A wife and mother, she currently writes in a charming northeast suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, not all that different from her characters' beloved Chandlerville. She is also a workshop and keynote speaker, a writing coach, and a freelance editor.

Get to know Anna at annawrites.com/blog and the Anna DeStefano: Author page on Facebook, where she shares her inspirations, her challenges, a healthy dose of honest optimism, and tidbits about upcoming projects.

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