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Christmas on Mimosa Lane

(Seasons of the Heart #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Montlake Romance
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This had the potential to be the perfect Christmas romance. I love Christmas romances that are filled with redemption, new beginnings, and hope. This book contains all of those three ideals, but unfortunately they didn't outweigh the "heaviness" and sadness of this book.

At first glance, this book appears to be about Pete, a widowed father, and Polly, his hurting and withdrawn little girl. It is obvious that these two need a Christmas miracle. We are then introduced to Mallory Phillips, a former
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
School Nurse/Social Worker Mallory Phillips moves to the quiet town of Chandlerville, Georgia where she, basically, wants to be alone. She puts up a beautiful Christmas tree, as she never had one of her own when she was growing up, but imagine her surprise when she discovers she’s not alone. A 7 year old girl, Polly, has found her way into Mallory’s home in the middle of the night. A young girl who is staying within her own cocoon and not talking to anyone, except her new friend Mallory.

Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
A few parts were interesting, but mostly it was repetitive and boring.
Ian Mcnamara
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful heart warming story, it was a lovely romance but had a really good story line to it as well. all the characters were going threw tradgody and there were really sad parts of the book as well as good ones to. This book was wonderful and brought tears to my eyes as I was reading. although simple and an easy read I was unable to put it down.
Chelsey Wolford
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 experi ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was one of the saddest books I read for Christmas and I loved it. Heart wrenching yet beautifully written. I loved the different point of views written because then you could see the hurt and feelings that each of them were dealiing with during this holiday season. Pete and Polly were dealing with their first Christmas without Emma, and Mallory was having her first Christmas in her reboot start on Mimosa Lane. My heart ached for Mallory's past and trying so hard to move forward. I'm glad what ...more
Sometimes there is nothing like a good, emptying cry during the holidays, especially when you are full of emotions that just kind of need to be drained away. Too much? Anyways, y’all, Christmas On Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano definitely fits the bill for a heartfelt, emotional Christmas read. If you love small town southern settings, closely knit neighborhoods and your characters tragic, then you will definitely enjoy Christmas On Mimosa Lane.
Read the rest of my review here
Jan 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book walked all over my heart. I normally read Christmas books for that feel-good, happy emotional read. This one was so sad … Polly broke my heart. I know that the author plans a sequel, but if the ending had been different, I probably would have rated it differently. It was my first read by Anna DeStefano and I probably won’t be reading any more. Just wasn’t my thing.
Judy Kieffer
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Book real eye opener

I liked the book a whole lot, I have never read any of her books before. It is full of a lot of truth on how we tend to deny the things that are important to us and makes you see how people live in different types of society
Susan C Stafford

I was interested in getting to know the main characters in this book. They were vividly portrayed and the interactions between the characters was really interesting. But some of this book chest didn't seem plausible to me. The book centers around foit characters. Who are dealing with the devastating loss to their family. which happened about six months earlier. Another was the teacher in New York City, near the World Trade Center. She was with her students on 9/11 when the Trade Center
I read this book through Kindle Unlimited.

I love reading seasonal books, especially those at Christmas time. This book was great book, for that because of the amazing Christmas tree used throughout the story.

This was a unique story for me as I haven't read one on a trauma child in a very long time. I completely loved the idea that even though one doesn't mean to become important to another person they can just worm themselves into a heart.

A school nurse doesn't mean to get involved in the affai
Shon Chewning
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Merry Christmas. This was a beautiful book. Yes I would love to live on Mimosa Lane. The characters where great and the storyline was really amazing. The experience I had reading this was very helpful. Thanks
Brian Davis
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

A powerful story of loss and love, and how the past can make you stronger and cage you at the same time. I loved this book.
Kathy Randall
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I had no idea this book would take me on a journey of pain love trust couldn’t stop reading it
Virginia Campbell
The holidays are a time of heightened emotions--happiness and grief are intertwined for those of us who have lost loved ones. The memories can be overwhelming, often as dreaded as they are treasured. Everyone has to grieve in their own way, and they should be allowed to find their own level of emotional acceptance. Then there are those people who have great loving hearts, but did not have happy childhoods, and never experienced a real "family Christmas". Sentimental holiday music, lights and dec ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

I am not sure how I feel about this book. The storytelling and the writing were done wonderfully; I was fully invested in the story and its characters. But on the other hand, it was so flipping depressing! I feel the need to warn readers not to buy a house on Mimosa Lane, everyone living there is miserable!

We have the main character, Mallory, and her misery has deep roots in a childhood spent on the streets. The other main characters are Polly and her dad, Pete. Their misery is based o
Kathy Altman
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Did you get those "oh, this is going to be good and where is that box of tissues?" kind of chills when you read the back cover copy? I did, so I grabbed my pink- and gray-striped afghan and settled in for a touching read. The book was even more stirring than I imagined. The perfect houses on Mimosa Lane harbor more than their share of heartrending imperfections — the once tightly knit neighborhood is slowly unraveling. The characters and their struggles are all so real and relatable that I'm sti ...more
Mariel Grey
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
(Sigh) I have been having feed issues between my blog and Goodreads for months, so I am manually posting blog posts for now.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and overall I felt like it was a good story. A word of caution, however. If you are looking for a light, fluffy story for the holiday season, this may not be for you. I will only briefly outline the plot as many other reviewers have done so in depth.

The story is told from multiple points of view: the heroine, Mallory, Peter
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Given the title Christmas on Mimosa Lane, the cover and the blurb this sounded just like a warm, festive tale. And it is.

Eventually. After it put my emotions through the wringer!

This is actually a story of overcoming heartache in form or another with the season as the catalyst that drives the characters. There is Peter Lombard and his daughter, Polly who are both still grieving at the loss of wife and mother, Emma to cancer. Thanksgiving was pretty much a disaster and Christmas doesn't look like
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Generally, I have no interest in reading romance novels. However, I find myself trying some of them at Christmas time simply because I'm looking for books which in one way or another celebrate the season.

If you are going to read a romance, then "Christmas on Mimosa Lane" by Anna DeStefano, is well worth trying. As the book begins, we meet seven year old Polly who keeps finding her way into the apartment of her neighbor, Mallory Philips. Polly is a recent orphan and Mallory initially has some de
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won Christmas on Mimosa Lane from Goodreads first reads.The book is mainly about Mallory, Pete, and Polly. Mallory recently moved to Mimosa Lane to have a fresh start and escape her past. Pete's wife and Polly's mom, Emma, died from cancer six months ago, and both of them are having a hard time coping with their loss. They become acquainted, and Mallory tries to help them through their problems (she was a social worker before her position as a school nurse). Eventually they get attached to eac ...more
Kelly Moran
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.. ...more
Cenna Lipscomb
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mallory awakens to find Polly, the lil girl from next door hiding behind her Christmas tree, she is immediately taken with the lil girl and realizes the pain she is in. Polly’s mother had died 6 months earlier, and the child had withdrawn into herself.
The problem with such a close knit community is everyone knows everyone, and people are treating Polly like glass, and constantly reminding her of her loss. The major issue for Polly is, her father, he has also withdrawn and doesn’t seem to know ho
Cecilia Dominic
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This would be 4.5 stars if I could give half stars, but I'm okay with it showing 5.

No one writes emotions like Anna DeStefano. No one. If I were prone to crying, I would have needed a full box of tissues, and I actually delayed reading this book for a year because the first time I tried, it was the first Christmas without my father-in-law. I came back to it this year and was glad I did. One reviewer called Christmas on Mimosa Lane depressing, which I disagree with. It's real, human, and raw, bu
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book ever by this Author, but it won't be my last!! I previously had read a few less than 4 star reviews before I started to read this book, so I was concerned whether I would enjoy it or not. Fortunately, I never let reviews stop me from reading :) I must say, those sad reviews were way off base & must have been made by some sad people who see their 'glasses half empty' instead of "half full" :o ... The writing is so magnificent you won't want to put it down! You will cheer fo ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homelessness, grief
Mallory is a school nurse, former social worker, and street person. Her mother was mentally ill, and dragged her from town to town, until she was 12 years old. She has tried to fit into a life in a small town, in a lovely neighborhood, but she holds herself back from her neighbors. Polly is a young girl, who is suffering from the death of her mother. She doesn't want people to ask how she is doing. She wants people to treat her normally. She makes friends with Mallory, who lives next door to her ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotional Christmas book about fragile people that had suffered so much in their lives.
I like the way the characters change everything and how they find their own hope for a happy Christmas. They show us a great life lesson and encourage us to be strong in front of different situations.

Here are some of the quotes I like and would love to share:
“When you got nothin’, you’re invisible.”
“…talking is the way to heal the things inside you that no one sees.”
“It’s hard not to be mad when we
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was rather unusual. The writing is good but the story is all about the emotional problems of the main character and the child who lives next door to her. The main focus is on how both of them are tremendously emotionally scarred and how the neighbor helps the child to heal, and at the same time, falls in love with the child's father, who is a widower. The book is mostly about these people and their emotional/mental problems. And one of their neighbors is agoraphobic but I have a feelin ...more
Rev. Linda
One of the ways I deal with the summer heat in Texas is by reading Christmas novels. This book had a sad but redeeming story of a woman (Mallory-school nurse/former counselor)who had lived on the streets from the ages of 6-12 with her bipolar/alcoholic mother. Her experience allows her to help others get past their recurring memories and resentments about unsavory childhoods. It also, however, causes her to feel as if she can fix everyone who has a problem. The little girl next door, Polly, who ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
More interaction from the people on Mimosa Lane. The focus on this novel is more confined to two individuals, a school nurse, and her neighbor, a recent widower, and the struggles his young daughter is having after the death of her mother.
Do people who have suffered in their childhoods, tend to become focused on helping others due to their previous experiences? How is it to be homeless for six years trying to take care of your alcoholic/manic/depressive mother, when you are age 6 to 12? What ha
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Anna DeStefano brings to life heart-warming, emotion-packed stories about community, family and second chances. Her award-winning, nationally bestselling small town romances spotlight family, friendships and the forgiveness that nurtures her characters’ dreams…as they explore the issues all contemporary families face.

Anna’s imagination is forever inspired by our ability to claim an unlimited and

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