A Wish for Winter

Viola Shipman

Graydon House


Forty years ago, Petoskey, Michigan, bookstore owner Susan Norcross was born into a family that really does Christmas. From her Captain Santa ancestor, lost in a fierce blizzard as he shipped Christmas trees to Chicago, down to herself, no holiday goes by without being thoroughly celebrated. Family tradition has it that every Norcross meets their future spouse while dressed as Kris Kringle. Susan has had a few Santa-clad encounters which didn’t work out that way. Added to that is the heartbreak she feels every Christmas when she remembers her parents were killed by a drunk-driver while she was on a date, and the holiday takes on a mixed guise.

… a charming and feel-good feast from the pen of Viola Shipman.

Susan’s grandparents and her good friends Holly, Leah, and Noah want what’s best for her. Her chance—and sadly brief—encounter with a handsome stranger dressed as Santa in the annual Santa Run leads to a merry chase across social media as the gang set out to find the guy and make the Norcross tradition come true. Susan is swept up in the whirlwind of good intentions while having to deal with misbehaving authors and yet more dating disasters. Only the love of her family, friends, and the close comfort of her small-town home gives Susan the strength to keep going, and the faith that one day all will turn out right for her.

A Wish for Winter is a charming and feel-good feast from the pen of Viola Shipman. From the beautifully drawn characters, to the depiction of small-town life, the reader feels the warmth and poignancy all the way through to the last page.

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