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

Anna DeStefano
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One day can change your life forever…Three days change a painful past into a beautiful tomorrow…

Once, Sam Perry had it all. A loving marriage, an amazing job she adored as a preschool teacher, and a beautiful home. She was safe, happy and secure.

Then the unthinkable happened…

Watching his once carefree wife withdraw into herself was almost more than Brian Perry could handle. The only thing that kept him going was knowing that he loved her more than life itself. Moving her out of New York to Chandlerville, a small, quiet suburb of Atlanta, felt right. Anything, to get her away from the memories of the buildings, and her world, crashing around her.

Now, two sons and many years later, Sam cherishes the new life on Mimosa Lane that Brian built for them.

Until lightning strikes twice…

Called a hero by her small community, Sam feels more like a coward than ever. Instinct draws her into an altercation at her children’s school—an instinct that also drives her away from the warm cocoon of her family.

Brian refuses to lose his wife again. He agrees to give her the space she asks for, but he soon realizes space isn’t something they and their children can afford. He knows their love can still conquer all. But this time he’ll need their entire community to help him win his wife back.



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"A beautifully wrought, intense story of courage, strength and love…One of the best books I've read all year. Anna DeStefano is a rare talent, able to blend marrow-deep love with family drama in an intense, gripping story." —Kristan Higgins, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author

"If you love deeply emotional stories, you must read this one! Gripping and powerful and a simply superb read." —Jane Porter, author of The Good Woman and The Good Daughter

"From every angle, this second Seasons of the Heart novel is a wrenching, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive story that isn't afraid to go into some of the darkest places in the human heart, in order to help its characters find their way to the hope and love that wait on the other side … [A] story that will linger long after the final page has turned." —The Romance Reviews, 4 Stars

About the Author

Anna DeStefano is the award-winning, nationally best-selling author of more than sixteen novels, including Christmas on Mimosa Lane, Secret Legacy, Dark Legacy, and the Atlanta Heroes series. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she has 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.

Anna invites readers to see each of life's moments with honesty and clarity. Hers is a realistic but optimistic vision, searching for hope and transformation through intense emotional journeys. Anna's characters face the ultimate in human choices: finding the courage to conquer their fears and thrive until, despite every obstacle, they come to believe in the healing power of hope.

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.

Join Anna each week on her blog: www.annawrites.com/blog.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2413 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BD63U2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Days on Mimosa Lane July 26, 2013
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I usually don't read this type of book, leaning more toward thrillers and police procedurals. It sounded interesting though, so I thought I'd give it a try. I got about 20% of the way through it before giving up.

The author is a talented writer with a good writing style. The problem to me is the character of Sam. Sam is an unbelievably selfish woman. While she lived in New York at the time of 9/11, she didn't lose any family members or close friends. Yet we are supposed to believe that 12 years later, it is still affecting her to the point where she rarely leaves her house and has put her long-suffering husband and two young sons through years of her self-pity and drama. Her husband has sacrificed his career for her and her children are confused and never sure what to expect from her.

Then when Sam experiences another tragedy (again, her family is unscathed), she loses it all over again and leaves her husband, only to move across the street and live with the neighbors. Her philosophy is to never forget the bad things that have happened, and to wallow in them ceaselessly. She even passes this "wisdom" along to another young boy who was injured in the more recent incident and is having trouble dealing with what happened. In the meantime her own sons are left without their mother (am I a bad person for thinking they are better off?) at a difficult time in their own lives.

While I understand that both 9/11 and the school shooting were traumatic for Sam, it's not all about her, and her actions are incomprehensible to me as a mother and a human being. I'm sure it all works out in the end, but it's hard to read a book when you're rolling your eyes and you want to shake the protagonist and tell her to grow up.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler Alert!!!!! August 3, 2013
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I don't usually give a book a review if I have nothing nice to say about it but in this case...........I just have to say this book was one of the most dull and boring books I have ever read. Classified as a romance? Ummm, no not really unless you count the one romantic moment when Brian and Sam met at the part late one night. Psychology? No, again. The author didn't offer the reader enough in depth thoughts for that. Mystery? No, we know who did it when it happens.

The book read like a wordy diary written by a frustrated and bored housewife telling us how unhappy she was. And it never gets better! If this is what you enjoy reading, this is the book for you.

My apologies to the author, but you really missed the mark with this one. Sadder still, it's the first book I've read written by you and I'm really hesitant to read another.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and amazing story July 25, 2013
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Anna DeStefano second book in the Mimosa Lane series is story of healing, determination, anger, bullying, and so much more.
I do not write long reviews because I want the reader to experience the story in their own way as they read it.
I started reading it and did not want to put it down.
Samantha and Brian Perry moved from New York City after Samantha dealt with a horrible experience on 9/11. She has shut herself off for 12 years hiding from the world because of her fear and she suffers from PTSD.

She is finally reaching out and trying to heal for the sake of her family but then the unthinkable happens with a tragedy at her son's school.
This is not just Samantha's story of healing and survival but many in the town of Chandlerville.

While reading this story I laughed, cried, cheered, and felt like I was part of the story.

I highly recommend this book but before you read it, if you have not, be sure to read the first book in the series to get a better prospective of the characters. The first book is "Christmas on Mimosa Lane".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it was depressing September 24, 2013
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The book was not really to my taste, but I wanted to give it a try. I thought the subject matter was depressing. I like to have an escape or intrigue when I'm reading, life gets messy enough, I don't want to read about it too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 9/11 Survivor Has to Find a Way Back for Her Family November 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
This was a book I chose strictly on a whim- no prior research into author, reviews or friends opinions (blurb is vague so good luck with that). It sat on my shelf for some time before I was in the proper frame of mind to be adventuresome. I wasn't sure if it was Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance or Women's Fiction. Based on what I've seen since, I don't think others know either. I would put it as a cross between Women's Fiction and Contemporary Romance with WF taking the lead on this one. I tend to shy away from WF as a genre not because I can't handle the issues or the plots or even the focus. For me, its the emotions these dredge up. I find them depressing and at times hopeless. This one was no exception although added to that I had a true abhorrence for the heroine most of the time.

This story grabbed my emotions. Early on, I wanted to toss it down and never return to it when I learned what was causing her issues. I was just done- so done- with Sam (Samantha)- there is a part of me that wonders if she's more real than I think, but that doesn't make me want to like her either. What do I mean by this? Let me give a summary and then I'll get to that. Oh and I didn't realize this was a second book in a series until later, but it wasn't a big deal.

The story opens with Sam wandering around outside in the middle of the night while her husband and kids are inside sleeping. She's trying to bolster herself up for her 'big' day. For the first time in years, she is going to attempt putting herself out amongst a crowd of people because she doesn't want her oldest son, Cade, to have passed through grade school with his mom having never once volunteered in his school.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a good book and interesting story. I enjoyed this book.
Published 12 hours ago by carmen jostes
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I didn't enjoy this book that much. Sorry!!
Published 2 days ago by Donna Greer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
There is a lot of repetition in this book. The story could be written in fewer pages.
Published 3 days ago by Janet L. Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Togetherness
This book was a good read it made you think of what has happened and what will happen in the world . It is nice to family's and friends stick together and help one another.
Published 10 days ago by Grandma rose
1.0 out of 5 stars Most boring book ever
Most boring book ever. It kept repeating dialog of maim characters plight without ever elevating the story to a new level or resolution.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad reading, I liked the ending.
Published 19 days ago by jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
heartwarming
Published 21 days ago by matthew forgea
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and had a lot issues that I can ...
Very clear and had a lot issues that I can associate with, Many problems that we all deal with on a daily basis--good read
Published 26 days ago by Lilly Levine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story But Slow
I gave four stars because the book has a good message and the characters are well developed. Despite it being a little slow, I do recommend the book for the reasons given above.
Published 29 days ago by Richard Schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great general read.
Very interesting and attention grabbing book about problems that are very common in our lives today, but in a light reading way that does not pull one down.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Orendorff
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#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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