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Publisher's Summary

A childhood on the streets taught Mallory Phillips to never trust love again. Years later, she longs for a peaceful existence and a community to call home, only she can’t quite settle into the picturesque, cozy world around her.
When Polly Lombard sneaks into Mallory’s house to look at her Christmas tree, Mallory connects with Polly and Polly’s grieving father in wondrous ways, helping them heal. But when Mallory’s past returns to haunt her, will she trust her new family to be there for her?
Anna DeStefano’s heartwarming and emotional tale of second chances is a testament to the healing power of love, and the incredible joy of Christmas miracles.
©2012 Anna DeStefano (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Anna DeStefano grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn't let go." (Brenda Novak, New York Times best-selling author)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Maria on 12-16-12

A Change of Heart!

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 Polly’s mother had died 6 months earlier, and the child had withdrawn into herself.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 The major issue for Polly is, her father, he has also withdrawn and doesn’t seem to know how to reach his daughter and resents Mallory, whom Polly seems intent on drawing into their lives.
The big issue here is that Mallory is in pain herself because of her dysfunctional childhood, something that she won’t share with anyone believing it would diminish her in everyone’s view of her. However, Mallory is the only one who understands Polly and is able to reach her, and through Polly, she is able to reach her father. Who can reach Mallory? Will Mallory have a second chance? Will her irregular upbringing be cause for her to miss out on having a new life for herself?

The narrator was fine. She did a fine job.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ezinwanyi on 01-01-15

New Chance after loss

I had avoided this book because many reviews said it was heartbreaking. I guess what I saw was hope. The other side of tragedy when people start picking up the pieces of their lives. The book was written really well. It wasn't overly sappy and it wasn't too fluffy. It have a great flow and great pace. Once I started, I didn't stop listening to it until it finished.

I loved little Polly. Somehow she saw the capacity for love in Mallory and she grabbed onto it hard. It was so sweet watching the shell that both Mallory and Pete formed around themselves develop crack after crack, until the shells shattered. Love and acceptance is the ultimate Christmas gift and that is what this book was about. The second chance at happiness made this book heartwarming, not heartbreaking. It was a great book to read on New Year's Eve. I felt like I was transported to Mimosa Lane and was a part of the story. I look forward to reading some more books in this series.

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