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January 30, 2014


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A Season of the Heart Novel
Book 3
Anna DeStefano

Love on Mimosa Lane
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 21st 2014
 Montlake Romance
ISBN 1612184545
 (ISBN13: 9781612184548)
(from Goodreads)
Law Beaumont and Kristen Hemmings have watched each other from a distance for years. But Law, a bartender with a bad-boy past, and Kristen, an assistant principal devoted to helping her community, couldn't seem more different. When they unite to mentor a young foster child and to help Law's troubled daughter through the aftermath of her parents? ugly divorce, their attraction deepens. They face the undeniable connection between them, and a whirlwind of challenges they can only conquer together. A stirring love story and a candid look at the complexities of divorce, substance abuse, and our country's foster care system, Love on Mimosa Lane is a love song to an entire community, and a novel about the power of family?the family you've been given, the one you've chosen, and the one that can lift you up, even when the world is tearing you down.
I have read a couple of the author's writings.  I really enjoyed them.  I wish I'd had started this series at the beginning inn Book One.  This book is Book 3 in the Seasons of the Heart series.
The author writes mainly about the different characters in the book.  Their struggles, worries, and the everyday conflicts that their lives bring.  There is a touch of romance brewing in the shadows.The book is rather an unconventional romance. I think the author did a wonderful job of touching on the characters and their problems.  She made them out to be "real". Sure, some had their flaws but aren't we all messed up about something in our lives.  I feel that is what I need as a reader.  I need too be able to relate to the characters. and Ms. DeStefano did just that.
It seemed to me that some of the characters seemed older than they really were.  But the hard and rough times some people go through will make them seem older.
As I read the book I found there were characters I didn't like and those that I did.
Kristen seems to be afraid all the time and acts like she's ready to run.  She doesn't appear to be a strong person. She has a fear of commitment and getting close to anyone.  It makes me wonder what has happened to her to make her this way.
Law Beaumont and Kristen Hemmings have both been hurt badly, being trampled down by life.  I liked Law, even though he had a lot of flaws.  He was an ex con, an alcoholic,and in the middle of a terrible divorce. He had one wonderful redeeming quality. He was entirely devoted to his eight year old daughter, Chloe. He had a general desire to help others.  He interaction with children was endearing and heart warming.
Will they take the risk to put the hurt aside and start anew?
This little town will give you much to be curious about.  Grab a copy and find out about LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE.  You won't want to put it down.  The book is a fast read and when you finish, you will want more.
This is something I don't approve of.  Using your children against each other.  Libby, Law's ex-wife was doing her best to turn Chloe and the town against Law.  While doing this, she is trying to hide her own addiction to alcohol.

 Ms. DeStefano covers some very important issues in this book, foster care, alcoholism, children that are struggling, divorce, and much more.

I was given a complimentary copy of LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE by Anna DeStefano from Night Owl Reviews for my honest opinion.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 HEARTS.

Anna DeStefanoNationally bestselling author Anna DeStefano has searched her entire life for the soul of the matter at the heart of her world's mysteries. As a small child, she drew from her experiences, senses, and dreams to paint a lush fantasy world, filled with endless possibility and characters of her own creation. Putting pen to paper, Anna transforms these inner landscapes into rich storytelling.

Hers is a realistic but optimistic vision, searching for hope and transformation through intense emotional journeys. Her fuel--the inner passions and conflicts of the characters she crafts. Much like a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, 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.

An author, workshop and keynote speaker, writing coach, and acquiring editor, Anna's creative vision permeates every challenge she undertakes. She wants you to stop, look, and keep digging, until you find the soul of your own fantasies. Her novels'
rich blend of realism and fantasy invites Anna's readers into her creative mission to dig deeper and see each of life's moment with emotional honesty and clarity.

Discovery and joy are her touchstones, regardless of how difficult her characters' journeys might be. She will challenge you to transform into all you're meant to be, as well. She speaks and blogs regularly. Join Anna each week for Soul Of The Matter, Dream Theories, Things My Teenager Says, How We Write, Waterfall Challenges, and more.

Past President of Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), Anna's also Senior Tech Writer with a GA Tech honors degree an 10 years of experience working in Corporate IT. Her novels have garnered numerous awards including twice winning the RT Reviewers' Choice Award, the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart, the Maggie Award for Excellence, and finalling in awards such as the National Readers' Choice and Book Seller's Best Awards. She's the author of over 16 novels since 2004 in four different genres, with nearly half a million copies of her books in print in over 5 different languages.

Her interactive workshops and keynotes on the writing process regularly attract standing room-only crowds. She's presented to over 60 groups and conferences, and also teaches half-day and one-day seminars to smaller groups interested in a more intensive, interactive experience.

She's an acquiring editor for Entangled Publishing's Dead Sexy suspense line, and takes on a select number of freelance clients, coaching authors to create the very best books they can from their individual visions.
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