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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.
Posted August 9, 2014
LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE is more than just another romance. It is about the foster care system, alcoholism and the toll it takes on family life, and about bullies. It is a book filled with interesting characters, some to love, and one not so much. The descriptions are rich and the story moves quickly.
Law is a bad-boy type with a soft heart that he guards closely. His past and his divorce from Libby have left him afraid to trust anyone, His desire to protect his daughter Chloe from the ugliness of his divorce, her mother’s drunkenness, and the rumors about his life, have caused him to build a wall around himself.
Kristen, the assistant principal at Chloe’s school, is dealing with her own demons, but recognizes the personal battle Law is fighting. She recruits him to help Fin, a foster child who is troubled and lonely, to play soccer. The deal is that if Law helps Fin, she will convince Fin to recruit Chloe, who loves soccer but was convinced by her mother, that rather than playing soccer, she should concentrate on being like the popular girls.
There is, needless to say, a romantic attraction between Law and Kristen, but neither can get beyond the wounds of their pasts to let love in. They both grew up in dysfunctional families where love was rationed out, rather than given freely.
This story has a lot going on in it, but it is expertly pulled together by DeStefano. I loved that there were so many loose threads that needed to come together before the book’s end. There was a lot to pique my interest. The characters were well crafted, and I fell in love with them right away.
This is the third book in the Seasons of the Heart series. I have not read the other two yet, but I felt this book could stand on its own without reading all of them. I would definitely recommend LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE to anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of romance, but enjoys reading books that touch on some of society’s sad issues.
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Posted January 27, 2014
The third in the Seasons of the Heart series by Anna DeStefano, this is my first introduction to both this series and her writing. While there is a romance that is slowly forming in the background; this story is focused more on the trials and struggles that the characters experience, or are overcoming, as the story progresses.
Characters are well developed, with a few moments that felt inconsistent, or were more tell than show. Fin and Chloe both seem older than their years; easily explained by the rougher patches that they have endured, but their speech patterns often feel stilted and the dialogue with them, in many places is awkward. Kristen, while dedicated to her job and wanting to help seems to have a reserve of fear and tendency to run that is just unlikable. Yes, it mostly works out in the end, and we do see her reserve comes from her fear of connection and commitment should she be hurt, but she often had moments that pulled me completely out of the intended emotion I feel the author was looking to create.
Law is struggling to prove himself worthy, and his ex-wife is a bit over the top and too successful in her agenda to destroy Law, for a community repeatedly mentioned as being ‘close knit and supportive’. While Law is struggling, he also finds serenity in helping others: his conversations and interactions with both of the children is accurate and heartwarming. Both he and Kristen are broken and battered by life, with Pullman carloads of baggage trailing behind them, and mountainous obstacles that will not lessen until they take a risk. And several times I saw them starting to let go, but never quite achieving what they claimed to have achieved.
I enjoyed this story, the pacing irregularities and the occasional inconsistent behaviors of the characters were momentary blips: the book passed reasonably quickly and had me curious about more from this little town.
I received an eArc copy from the publisher from NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted January 22, 2014
For those who love books by Robin Carr, Sheryl Woods and Susan Wiggs, Anna DeStefano may be a new addition to your go-to list. Love on Mimosa Lane has an abundance of heart-tugging moments, wonderfully crafted characters and a tender look at what really makes up a family – a reminder about the importance of the entire community and giving yourself up to love. It’s a complex story and one that will touch your heart, even as it makes you shed a tear or two. Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2014
An excellent can’t put down read filled with issues of the heart. How a divorce and alcohol abuse affects a child, a school administrator’s intervention and foster parenting, all interweave for a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2014
I absolutely ADORED this book! It is heartwarming, funny, sad, and real. The writing is smooth and the pace is perfect. The characters and the town feel as if I could drive over and visit. You definitely want to grab this book and set aside some time to savor it. Highly recommended read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.