Love on Mimosa Lane (A Seasons of the Heart Novel)

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9781480577848: Love on Mimosa Lane (A Seasons of the Heart Novel)

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.

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About the Author:

Anna DeStefano is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including her award-winning Seasons of the Heart series, Secret Legacy, and the Atlanta Heroes series. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she’s lived in the South her entire life. Her background as a care provider and adult educator in the world of crisis and grief recovery lends itself to the deeper psychological themes of every story she writes. Visit Anna at www.annawrites.com/blog.

From Library Journal:

Lawrence Thacker Beaumont moved with his wife, Libby, and his daughter, Chloe, three years ago to Chandlerville, GA. Recovered alcoholics, Law and Libby are now divorced and share custody of their eight-year-old child, and enigmatic bad boy Law isn't thrilled to be called to Chloe's school by the assistant principal. He has been aware of Kristen Hemmings for quite some time, but with his life focused on Chloe and trying to deal with Libby's backbiting behavior, Law wasn't going to go there. Kristen has kept Law in her sights as well, but her less-than-supportive upbringing has left her gun-shy of relationships. Kristen wants Law to help with one of her students, Fin Robinson, a troubled kid with a talent for soccer living with the Dixons' foster family. Law was the coach of the youth soccer team last year, mostly because Chloe was the star player. Can Kristen convince Law to work with Fin and can Fin encourage Chloe to rejoin the team? Could this plan lead them all to rediscover trust, love, and hope for the future?

Verdict
DeStefano (Christmas on Mimosa Lane; Three Days on Mimosa Lane) covers a number of serious issues—e.g., alcoholism, the foster care system—as she continues to find romance among the inhabitants of this close-knit community. Law and Kristen are thoughtful and insecure protagonists who fight their fears to build a connection with each other and to help two struggling kids figure out who they are and what they want to be. This affecting and sweet story will appeal to most romance fans. —Bette-Lee Fox

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