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The Secret of Snow
The Secret of Snow: A Novel | Viola Shipman
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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer Cottage The forecast is calling for a reluctant homecoming and regrettable decisions with a strong chance of romance When Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist whose job is all sunshine and seventy-two-degree days, is replaced by a virtual meteorologist that will never age, gain weight or renegotiate its contract, the only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is the very place Sonnys been avoiding since the day she left for collegeher northern Michigan hometown. Sonny grudgingly returns to the long, cold, snowy winters of her childhoodwith the added humiliation of moving back in with her mother. Not quite an outsider but no longer a local, Sonny finds her past blindsiding her everywhere: from the high school friends she ghosted, to the former journalism classmate and mortal frenemy whos now her boss, to, most keenly, the death years ago of her younger sister, who loved the snow. To distract herself from the memories she's spent her life trying to outrun, Sonny throws herself headfirst into covering every small-town winter event to woo a new audience, made more bearable by a handsome widower with optimism to spare. But with someone trying to undermine her efforts to rebuild her career, Sonny must make peace with who she used to be and allow her heart to thaw if shes ever going to find a place she can truly call home.
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Jerdencon
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@julieclair the book came today! @Deblovestoread @BookBosomed1 heading to the post office tomorrow! Sorry for the delay! #lmpbc #groupw

julieclair Yay! Hope you enjoy it! I definitely did. 2mo
BookBosomed1 @Deblovestoread I‘m behind in getting the book in the mail. I‘ll do it on Monday, and send it priority. 2mo
Deblovestoread No worries…I have plenty to read while it‘s traveling😂 @BookBosomed1 2mo
BookBosomed1 @Deblovestoread Sent it today. It should be there by Thursday. I didn‘t get to read it. A new semester started and I got distracted by my other books. 🤪 @Jerdencon I received my book! 1mo
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julieclair
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Heads up- once you have finished the book, be sure to read the Author‘s Note at the end. It “made” the book for me! This book had more depth than I was expecting. We watch the main character, 50-year-old Sonny, struggle to come to terms with a tragedy from her childhood that has haunted her all her life. It is ultimately a hopeful story, and Sonny is fortunate to have a wonderful mom and friends who help her on her journey. ⬇️

julieclair Sonny is a TV meteorologist, and I really enjoyed learning about her job. I also enjoyed learning about Traverse City, Michigan, where the book is set. Now I want to visit there! It‘s now on its way to you, @Jerdencon ! 😀 #LMPBC Round 16 #GroupW #JumpStart2023 #Booked2023 #ReadTheUSA2023 #Michigan 2mo
Clwojick This one sounds right up my alley! Saving. 💖🙌🏻 2mo
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JamieArc
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I‘m so glad I followed through and finished the holiday books I started. This one was particularly timely as it‘s set where I normally go for my birthday, but was unable to this year. It was good to at least be there in fiction 😊. This is over-the-top Michigan fiction, but it was refreshing to read a holiday story that wasn‘t strictly romance. I look forward to more of Shipman‘s books next holiday season. #mittenlitten

DocBrown Whereabouts in the Mitten? 2mo
JamieArc @DocBrown This book takes place in the Traverse City area. I‘m further south in the Lansing area. (edited) 2mo
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JamieArc
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I couldn‘t be reading a more relevant book right now as the snow is falling in Michigan and we wait to see how bad it actually gets…. Looking forward to being snowed in the next couple of days ❄️❄️❄️

TheBookHippie Same!!! 👋🏼 3mo
mcctrish Just waiting for my youngest to make it home on the train tomorrow but otherwise let the weather weather all it wants ( I‘m in southern Ontario) 3mo
JamieArc @TheBookHippie I know you are getting it way worse than I am with the Lake Effect! I Hope you have all you need to spend some cozy time inside! 3mo
JamieArc @mcctrish Good luck to your son! 3mo
TheBookHippie @JamieArc can‘t see across the street 🤣❄️🥶 we‘re getting hammered! ❄️❄️❄️❄️ 3mo
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MicrobeMom
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I read this one as part of the #holidayromancebingo for another holiday than Christmas. New Years. This book was a fun read and what you would expect. However, the mental illness displayed in the books was too easily cleaned up but it was a nice story of a 50 yo women returning home to deal with her demons. 3.5 ⭐️s

peanutnine Sounds interesting! ❄️❄️💖 4mo
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BookBosomed1
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This book was my #lmbc pick, Rd 16, Group W. It is is about facing our pains and finding peace in who we are alongside that pain. If you enjoy romance and cozy lit fic, you‘ll likely enjoy this one. It has a cozy setting, a budding romance, humor, and some very cheesetastic lines. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58503739. @Deblovestoread I‘m sending it your way today! @julieclair @Jerdencon

TheNeverendingTBR What a lovely cover 😍 4mo
BookBosomed1 @TheNeverendingTBR Agreed. ❄️ 4mo
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BookBosomed1 @Deblovestoread Sending today, so it should be there by Dec 1 4mo
julieclair Looking forward to my turn reading it. A little cheesetastic-ness is good for the soul! ❄️😁❄️ 4mo
Deblovestoread Sorry! I am a couple days late letting you know it arrived safely. 4mo
BookBosomed1 @Deblovestoread Glad it made it to you! 4mo
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BookBosomed1
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“When will society learn it‘s not our looks that make women such powerful creatures, it‘s our minds, hearts, and soul” (p. 133). On the first snow day in Wisconsin, reading for the #lmpbc Rd. 16. @julieclair @Jerdencon @Deblovestoread

julieclair Snow day! So cozy! And I love that quote. Looking forward to my turn to read it. ❄️📚❄️ 4mo
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CaitZ
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I thought this was going to be a light fluffy romance when I picked it up but is much more substantial. Sonny loses her job as a meteorologist in California and comes home to Michigan. While there is romance, suicide and hospice care are woven into the story. I enjoyed the book. Be sure to read the author's note to bring more meaning to the story. #WeekendReading #FabulousFebruary #Booked2022 #WeatherTermInTitle

SRWCF Great picture! 13mo
Cinfhen Not familiar with this book / thanks for posting & sharing 💕😄🙌🏻 13mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 Sounds good. 13mo
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Christy2318
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I liked the relationships between Sonny & her mom and Sonny & her younger colleague, Icicle. The romantic relationship with Mason seemed like an afterthought & I wasn‘t sold on the dynamic between Sonny & her boss. There was also a fictional reference to something that is real early in the book which took me out of the story. ❄️❄️❄️

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melissajayne
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4⭐️ I thought it to be a pretty decent read. I quite liked that the author used a middle age individual as the main protagonist rather than some young thing. And that it took place over several months rather than several weeks. #2021 #romance #bookreview #bookstagram #christmas #fiction #ebook #averymerryreadathon #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 +36pts

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1y
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KathyWheeler
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I liked this story of an older woman getting a second chance at life and love. I didn‘t like Shipman‘s tendency to tell not show. One of the characters, for example, makes a change in his life, and we are told several times how this change empowers him. It would have been more effective if we‘d seen the changes in his behavior instead. I did like the characters enough to give this a pick. Saw a blue heron on my walk. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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The Secret of Snow is my new walking book. There should actually be 3 walks, but for some reason MapMyFitness did not create a map for it. When I got home, I found my daughter had decorated the outside of the house. #audiowalk

Reggie That walkway is lovely with the lights. 1y
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ReadingisMyPassion
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Sonny, 50 years old, made a lot of decisions she now regrets. After being fired from her job as Chief Meteorologist in Palm Springs CA, she now returns to her small hometown in Michigan. From sunshine every day to long, cold, snowy Michigan winters. There‘s a lot about Sonny that I can relate to. Because of this I could understand her running and closing herself off.

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SilversReviews
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From wonderfully warm-all-the-time Southern California back to frigid, snowy Michigan.

Viola Shipman always knows how to cheer you up and keep you on the side of positive.

Another enjoyable book fans won‘t want to miss.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/58yktw28

@viola_shipman

Avanders @BethM ❄️💙 1y
BethM @Avanders you know me well lol. I just googled why a male writes under a female pen name and the answer made me smile. I‘ll definitely check it out. 1y
SilversReviews @BethM His books are AWESOME….my two favorites of his are: THE SUMMER COTTAGE and THE RECIPE BOX. 1y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Viola Shipman (AKA Wade Rouse) is the real deal! His 1st Christmas novel tells the story of Michigan native turned SoCal gal, Sonny Dunes-a meteorologist golden girl living an golden sunny life. Clouds roll in and gloom takes over when the 50ish Sunny is replaced by a robotic meteorologist. Sonny has an epic meltdown and ends up returning to Michigan, to her roots, to her mother's home to heal. Part of that healing process will(cont)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy will be learning how to forgive herself and live again, really live! We honor the lives of those who have passed by living, by giving. Can she make amends to those she has hurt in her past? Can Sonny forgive herself? Can she honor her sister's life (& death) by giving, by living her own best life? And can she once again find happiness along the beautiful shores of lake Michigan? This heart warming story willl melt your heart faster than frosty melted in the greenhouse! This book had me laughing and cheering! I yelled ( I really disliked Polly Sue!) and cried. , I smiled and cheered some more and then I cried again, happy tears this time. And then I read the personal letter to readers at the end at the end of the book and, I cried again. Viola/Wade, you are the real deal and you delivered big with The Secret of Snow! As big as the Great Lake Michigan with this book. Through your books you do for Michigan what the pure Michigan campaign does for our state; You make everyone fall in love with our Great Lakes State, and they too become smitten with the mitten ❤ I loved this heartwarming story 🥰 1y
kspenmoll Wonderful review!!! 1y
TheHeartlandBookFairy @kspenmoll Thank you!🥰 It truly is a wonderful book ❤ 1y
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HeathHof
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One of my favorite local Indie bookstores was advertising the release of this one today. It is a new to me author but I'm still super excited that 1. It takes place in Traverse City and 2. It's signed by the author. I am planning on saving this one until we start seeing actual 🌨❄☃️
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Crazeedi I read one by this author, I enjoyed it 1y
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SilversReviews
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Thank you Page158Books and Graydon House Books

Chelleo Love that sign! 1y
SilversReviews @Chelleo Thanks….I got it on Etsy!! 1y
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