Amanda’s review ~ A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman

Posted November 15, 2022 by Sharon in Amanda, Holiday Reads, Mainstream, Reviews, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

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Amanda’s review ~ A Wish for Winter by Viola ShipmanA Wish For Winter by Viola Shipman
Published by HQN Books on November 15, 2022
Genres: Contemporary, Family & Relationships / Love & Romance, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Romance / Later in Life, Holiday Romance, Seasoned Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 391
Format: ARC, eBook
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5 Stars

Despite losing her parents in a tragic accident just before her fourteenth Christmas, Susan Norcross has had it better than most, with loving grandparents to raise her and a gang of quirky, devoted friends to support her. Now a successful bookstore owner in a tight-knit Michigan lakeside community, Susan is facing down forty—the same age as her mother when she died—and she can’t help but see everything she hasn’t achieved, including finding a love match of her own. To add to the pressure, everyone in her small town believes it’s Susan’s destiny to meet and marry a man dressed as Santa, just like her mother and grandmother before her. So it seems cosmically unfair that the man she makes an instant connection with at an annual Santa Run is lost in the crowd before she can get his name.

What follows is Susan and her friends’ hilarious and heartwarming search for the mystery Santa—covering twelve months of social media snafus, authors behaving badly and dating fails—as well as a poignant look at family, friendship and what defines a well-lived and well-loved life.

A story of hope, wonder, love and forgiveness. Perfect for the holiday season. ~ Amanda – Simply Love Books


A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman aka Wade Rouse, is a captivating story of loss, family and love. Bookshop owner Susan Norcoss is having quite a year when a missed encounter at a Santa race has all social media searching for her mystery man that got away. Now she’s dating and hoping that one of them will be the Kringle she’s been looking for. With good friends and her grandparents encouraging her to give it a chance, she ventures on a journey to forgiveness and self-discovery.

I absolutely adored this story from beginning to end. Both Susan’s parents and grandparents found their true love when he was dressed as Santa. She’s had a bad record in dating until she has that moment at the Santa race. Now with the help of her best friend Holly, a social media influencer, she’s dating 3 possible candidates and hoping maybe someone be The One. At the same time, she’s 40 years old and it is hitting her harder this year since this was the age when her mother died. She lost her parents at a young age and her life has somewhat been defined by this loss. Now’s she wondering if she’ll have someone to share her life with and can she move pass the hurt and guilt she has over it. She didn’t want to take this journey alone and encouraged her friends to take a leap with her as well. Her employees are her friends and they have some light and funny moments when they are all together. There were light moments and insightful ones which made the story meaningful for me. I thought it flowed well and I didn’t want it to end.

The author has written a captivating story that takes the main character on a path of soul searching and finding love along the way. A highlight for me is that the author showcases his home state of Michigan. I would love to see the beauty he describes in his winter scenes, especially the blue ice on the shoreline of Petoskey, Michigan. A Wish for Winter is a story of hope and shouldn’t be missed. It’s perfect for the holiday season.

5 Stars

About Viola Shipman

Welcome! I’m SO glad you’re here! I am the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of fifteen books that have been translated into 21 languages. I write fiction under the pen name, Viola Shipman, as a tribute to my working poor Ozarks grandma, whose family stories, heirlooms and love inspire my novels and inspired me to become a writer. My novels are a tribute to family and our elders and meant to inspire hope. My grandma used to say, “Life is as short as one blink of God’s eye, but we too often forget what matters most in that blink.” As a result, my novels are meant to remind readers of what’s most important in life: Each other.

Posted November 15, 2022 by Sharon in Amanda, Holiday Reads, Mainstream, Reviews, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments