“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!
Shipman (The Secret of Snow) delivers a leisurely holiday romance about a woman who's convinced her soulmate is Santa—or at least dresses like him. Both Susan Norcross's late mother and living grandmother met their husbands while the men were in Santa costumes, and Susan is sure that she'll meet her perfect match under similar circumstances. Though she's happy with her life running a small-town Michigan bookstore and helping her grandparents prepare for Christmas, she still feels lonely. After a push from her best friend, Holly, she signs up to participate in Chicago's Santa Run, reasoning that there will surely be some eligible bachelors among the costumed runners. Indeed, she connects with one such Santa, but loses him in the crowd as the race starts. Holly turns to social media to try to track down the mystery man, creating a list of three possible candidates and cajoling Susan to go on dates with all three—with unexpected results. There's just as much soul-searching as there is romance, and the focus on Susan's relationships with friends and family occasionally crowd out the love story, which doesn't pick up until the end. Still, there's plenty of charm to this cozy small-town tale. Shipman's fans will be pleased. Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman Assoc.
Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman is a pleasant and uplifting Christmas book that is perfect for the holiday season.
Susan Norcross grew up with her grandparents after losing her parents in a car accident when she was fourteen years old. Her name, Susan is for the little girl in Miracle on 34th Street, the original with a young Natalie Wood. Her Grandparents always play the town’s Santa and Mrs. Clause, and they help her with the bookstore that she owns and manages. She lives in a small town on the coast of Lake Michigan, that is touristy in the summer and cold in the winter. The entire town believes that Susan’s destiny is to meet and marry a man in a Santa Suit, as this is how her mother met her father and her grandmother met her grandfather. But, Susan is almost forty and she hasn’t found a Santa yet.
When she meets a man at a 5k race in Chicago, who is wearing a Santa costume, her friends know that the man is destined to be Susan’s match. But, when he fails to meet them at their agreed-upon bar after the race, Susan realizes it wasn’t meant to be. She can’t contact him because she didn’t get his name, and he was in full Santa costume, so she would never even be able to recognize him. But, her friends make it their mission to find the guy in the Santa Suit. Will they find the right Santa?
A Wish for Winter is just the kind of book I enjoy reading during the Christmas holidays. It’s full of hope and kindness, and growth. The story is set in Michigan in a small town on the lake, and the story is certainly a love letter to Michigan as it is much more than just the setting in the story.
This is much less of a romance than a story about love, friendships, and family. I love that Susan loves to read and runs a bookstore. She has wonderful grandparents and friends that all contribute to this enjoyable story.
I highly recommend A Wish for Winter for anyone who enjoys a holiday story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
An Entertaining Read!
From the story to the characters to the setting, this book will get you in the Christmas mood with a heartwarming and entertaining story!
Susan Norcross is a bookstore owner in Petoskey, Michigan. Susan is single and in her 40’s. She is looking to uphold the family tradition in finding her husband while he is dressed up as Santa Claus. Her mother and grandmother both found their husbands this way. Susan has suffered immeasurable loss of her parents who died In a car accident from a drunk driver. Therefore, holidays are especially hard. With the help of her friends, will she be able to find the love of her life or will she have to accept the fact her life is on a different path from her mother and grandmother? What will she discover in process?
I loved how Viola Shipman included references to movies, songs, authors, books, etc.. a wonderful addition to their Christmas novel.
Did you know this book includes a novella called A Sugar Plum Christmas? A heartwarming story that is centered around the Nutcracker Ballet and heirloom Nutcrackers. Perfect for book clubs as it would lead to many great discussions! This would make a great gift as well!