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Season for Miracles (Bethlehem #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Emilie Dalton, fleeing Boston with her nieces and nephew, takes refuge from a bitter snowstorm in an old Victorian house. When the neighbors welcome her, assuming she is the mysterious owner, she goes along the charade and melts everyone's hearts, including the handsome police officer, Nathan Bishop. Yet dangerous secrets from her past return to threaten her new life--and ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Warner Books
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Oct 27, 2008 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories
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"4.5 stars" Season for Miracles is a tender, heartwarming Christmas love story. Sometimes it is nice to read an uncomplicated, character-driven story, and this book definitely fits the bill. It's all about facing the obstacles that life throws in one's path, and making the best decisions you can to overcome them. I thoroughly enjoyed the charming, small-town feel of the Bethlehem, New York setting. I had thought that it was probably a fictional town, and was surpri
Cheryl C.
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 des ...more
Emilie is the only mother Alanna, Josie and Brendan have ever known but after losing her job and being evicted the court order the children be taken into state care. Rather than losing her family Emilie runs.
Caught in a blizzard they stop in the small town of Bethlehem. Her plans are to shelter for the night and then continue running, but the town starts to pull them into their embrace and becomes something they've never known, a home.

Season for Miracles is very much a fairytale for adults. I
I love this movie. So once I learned that it was a book I had to get my hands on it. I immediately ordered it from Amazon and I've been slowly making my way through it. The speed has nothing to do with the story, but just how busy I've been.
I liked the movie but I liked the book even more. It was so emotional it took my breath away. It was a beautiful story with a beautiful message -- much more than the light holiday movie I watch every year on TV. It was beautiful tale about forgiveness, secon
What a wonderful book and a beautiful romance. I was tempted to read this book after seeing the heartwarming Hallmark movie version. The story and characters took me in from the first page. The book was written in 1997, well before computer technology and access to instant information was as available as it is today. To me, this enhanced the believability of the protagonist's situation and the overall charm of the story. The book (as opposed to the movie) delves much deeper into Nathan Bishop's ...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
This was a very sweet book. Not usually my style, but I have been a fan of Marilyn's since WAY back in the day. Very romantic.
Claire Zelmanski
Exactly what it was billed as and exactly what I signed up for. Loved every second of because I wanted to read a cheesy romance Hallmark Christmas novel at Christmas. When the protagonist was arrested with fifty pages left, it was hard to be nervous, as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies don't tend to end with the protagonist in jail and her three kids in foster care. Perfect holiday cheese.
Apr 20, 2007 Maikol added it
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It seems like we need a reason to be good to each other. We are good to each other because it's the holidays or because it's Christmas or because some disaster struck!!!
What would it be like to live in a world where goodness is acknowledged and celebrated freely!!! A world in which people are good to each just because! A world where going out of my way to do good to another is no longer going out of my way!

Marilyn Pappano's Season for Miracles warm my heart and bring tears of joy and compassion
Appallingly heart-warming. An fluffy affirmation of small-town Christmas goodwill with romance thrown in. The story is of a young woman determined to keep her nieces and nephew a family but through happenstance and bad choices ends up on the run. Ending up in the tiny town of Bethlehem she becomes entrapped by the good intentions of the inhabitants who do everything possible to welcome her, unknowing of their mistaken identification of her. She even ends up falling in love with a local cop, indu ...more
Vala Torunn
A beautiful christmas love story. Definitely something i'm going to read over and over again :)
Christy Olesen
I loved the movie shown on the Hallmark Channel at Christmas. When I saw it was from a novel by Marilyn Pappano, one of my favorite authors, I had to find the book. I knew it would be even better than the movie because a book goes so much deeper than a movie can, you can get into the characters minds and get to know them better.
This book is a keeper to read again at Christmas time.
This is the first book in a series about an almost magical town of Bethlehem, NY. A woman runs away with her 2 neices and 1 nephew since the social worker was going to put them in foster care. The children's mother, her own sister, has a serious drug issue. The situation seems hopeless, but she finds community, acceptance, and love in this wonderful cozy town.
Heather's Mum
Young woman assumes the responsibility of her sister's children, moves into a house that isn't hers (without the legal owner's knowledge,) finds love and herself. Cute but I wouldn't read it a second time.
When my son was sick I was on a Hallmark Movie Marathon, so I read the book. It was a cute easy read a bit more graphic than the movie but a nice story.
I saw the Hallmark movie that was based on this book and I became a reader again.......particularly this author.
Very Good read
Love even the Movie.
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