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Season for Miracles Mass Market Paperback – December, 1997

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Bethlehem Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Printing edition (December 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446603562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446603560
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 23, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the past year, Atlanta resident Emilie Dalton has lived in the Boston area to take care of her two nieces and nephew while their flighty and druggie mother, her sister Berry, failed to properly care for them. However, Emilie was unable to make things better and the court ordered the children be placed in foster homes. Emilie decides to flee with the three children to Atlanta to start over. Eventually, the foursome land in the small town of Bethlehem, New York with no place to stay, little money and a snow storm hitting the area. The waitress at a local diner suggests that they move into a nearby temporally vacant home.
Desperate, Emilie heeds the advice of the waitress and move into the vacant home. The next day, the weary travelers are welcomed by several of the townsfolk, who assume that Emilie is the previously unseen niece of the former owner of the house. Emilie quickly falls for the magical allure of the town and its people, and cannot resist giving her three children one last Christmas before they go back on the lam. Local police officer Nathan Bishop loves the way Emilie takes care of the three kids and soon falls in love with her. She returns his feelings, but knows deep inside her soul that when the truth surfaces, she will lose him unless a miracle occurs.
SEASON FOR MIRACLES is a wonderful romantic tale that will remind readers of such classics as THE GIFT OF THE MAGI and ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE. The lead protagonists are a beautiful pair and the support cast is as magical as any to grace a book during this holiday season. The story line is the typical moving tale that the great Marilyn Pappano constantly gifts her fans with , making the novel a truly magical Christmas present.
Harriet Klausner
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What a wonderful book. I have not seen the movie - not sure I would be able to really, but I tell you, the book is a great read. You will not want to put it down. I think I read this in one sitting or at least tried to. The opening chapter just broke my heart and even after reading it several months ago, I still think about it and how the story unfolded. I am so happy how Ms. Pappano took us on a journey, had us crying at times, laughing at times and in the end...we were smiling.

That's what books are all about, huh?

After reading this book, I purchased every book I could get my hands on from Ms. Pappano's.

Please, read this book...order it from either from Amazon or your local library if they have it. You will not regret it.
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I decided to read this book after seeing the Hallmark movie based upon it. I'm surprised how closely the movie followed the book, though there are some definite changes. I felt the movie storyline was a bit clearer, but Pappano has written a heartwarming story of one woman's unconditional love that is pushed to every limit. Emilie doesn't want to lie to everyone, but she has so few choices if she wants to keep the children out of foster care--a system she knows well, and one that practically destroyed her and definitely destroyed her sister, Berry, who has become a drug addict looking for love in all the wrong places.

From the moment I opened the book, I was captivated. Part of that was because I knew the story, but more of it was because I wanted to experience the characters the way the author fully intended. Pappano captured me with this romantic tale of the season. The book contains some sex scenes that weren't part of the Hallmark movie. I didn't find them necessary, since those scenes didn't have a great impact on the overall story. Nathan and Emilie's connection went deeper than their physical relationship, and with talk of God and the presence of the angel so important to how everything is resolved, that aspect of the book threw me off a bit.

If you get a chance to read Season for Miracles it will touch your heart.
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I have just discovered Ms. Pappano's books, and had seen the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of this tale many times. I really loved the television production, and watched it during the year, not just during the holidays. However, I found myself unable to put the book down. The characters seem much more realistic and fleshed-out than the TV production, with actual feelings and emotions. I felt a much stronger bond between Emilie and Nathan in the book than in the movie. I also enjoyed meeting the citizens of Bethlehem, and was excited to see that the series went on to tell the stories of its other residents (Holly, Lynda, Agatha/Corinna, etc).

Unfortunately this book doesn't come on Kindle (some of the books in the Bethlehem series do). I know I'm not the only one who'd like to have the whole series in my pocket at once!
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What a wonderful book and a beautiful romance. I was tempted to read this book after seeing the heartwarming Hallmark movie version. The book delves much deeper into Nathan Bishop's past and character. You understand the reasons behind his sense of betrayal when Emilie's cover up is revealed. Emilie and Nathan are two lonely, selfless souls who find each other while keeping Emilie struggles to keep her family together. The story and characters took me in from the first page. A great read for anyone who believes in second chances, and absolutely for the hopeless romantic.
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