A Wish for Winter: A Christmas Romance Novel (Paperback)

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A Wish for Winter: A Christmas Romance Novel (Paperback)

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Susan Norcross is a 40 year old, single woman in the small Northern Michigan town of Petoskey. She helps her grandparents run the family bookstore, Sleigh by the Bay, which is based on our very own McLean & Eakin Booksellers! Susan's normal childhood ended when her parents were tragically killed by a drunk driver the year before her 14th Christmas. Her mom was 40 at the time, the same age Susan is this year, which makes this Christmas harder than any year before. Her spunky, social media influencer friend Holly begs Susan to join her in Chicago’s famous 10K Santa Run where she meets a random runner dressed as Santa (of course, who else would he be dressed as in the Santa Run?) and they have an immediate connection. The race starts and they get separated by the mass of Santas and Mrs. Clauses. Her mysterious Santa calls out to meet later but never shows. Her hopes once again dashed, Susan declares she is absolutely out and decides the dating game is not for her. But her friends, along with grandma and grampa, won’t let it rest. They are determined to see her find her true love and be happy. Holly gets started with her media influence and before she knows it, Susan has dates lined up in the hopes of reconnecting with her Santa and getting her happily ever after. Can Susan truly be happy when she’s holding all this burden from her parent’s accident so many years ago? Can she hope, one more time, that this person that she felt so drawn to would be one of the Santa’s who responded to the posts? 
This amazing novel comes to us just in time for Christmas! I loved every page of Christmas spirit, grief, growth, forgiveness, hope, and love! I fell in love with all the characters so easily. Noah is my absolute favorite with his quirky sarcasm and sassy attitude. If you are from Petoskey or you’ve ever visited, you will be able to envision every landmark and local business. mentioned. I was drawn in by the depth in each character as they stepped outside their comfort zones in hope, knowing that risk is involved, and then they hold on to each other to steady their journey. Watching their growth and healing take place through each of their circumstances was encouraging and empowering. I found myself writing down quotes and underlining passages that were so profound I wanted to make sure I could remember them. Even quotes from Noah “No whip for these hips!” LOL 
This book is a gem and will make a perfect Christmas gift for this holiday season. We even currently have bookplates signed by Wade Rouse, who writes under his grandmother’s name, to honor her and all the love and support that she gave him growing up. So while you watch the snow floating down, and you’re checking over that Christmas list, remember A Wish for Winter! Why not buy one for yourself too so you can read it together? I bought one for myself and one for my mom (Shhhh! Don’t tell!) so we can have lunch and talk about all our favorite parts together!
— From Donna

"I love this book--funny, perfect and wonderfully good. A not-to-be-missed delight." --New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

With echoes of classic Hollywood love stories like Serendipity and An Affair to Remember, Viola Shipman's latest winter charmer following the USA TODAY bestseller The Secret of Snow is sure to tug on heartstrings and delight readers who love books about books, missed connections and the magic of Christmas.

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.

"Viola Shipman has written a captivating story for anyone whose memories run deep... This book keeps faith and hope alive " --New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods

A Country Living Magazine Best Christmas Book to Read This Holiday Season

Don't miss bestselling author Viola Shipman's charming new novel, THE WISHING BRIDGE--where an ambitious executive rediscovers the magic of family, friendship, home...and Christmas

Other books by Viola Shipman:
  • Famous in a Small Town
  • The Secret of Snow
  • The Edge of Summer
  • The Summer Cottage
  • The Heirloom Garden
  • The Clover Girls


Product Details ISBN: 9781525804847
ISBN-10: 1525804847
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 416
Language: English