• The Secret of Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Viola Shipman
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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"A beautifully written story about second chances. Fans of women’s fiction won’t be able to put this down." (Publishers Weekly)

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 72-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 50-year-old another shot is the very place Sonny’s been avoiding since the day she left for college — her northern Michigan hometown.

Sonny grudgingly returns to the long, cold, snowy winters of her childhood…with 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 who’s 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 she’s ever going to find a place she can truly call home.

©2021 Viola Shipman (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Magical

I am a huge fan of Viola Shipman! The Secret of Snow did not disappoint! Viola takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, that leaves you breathless at its conclusion!

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Hallmark

It’s a sweet easy story. I was drawn to it because it set in Michigan, however the narrator mispronounced a major bridge in our state and the mom sounded as if she was from MN. That’s so frustrating.

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AMAZING Story

Viola Shipman has become my new favorite... the one I can't wait for! And this story is my favorite so far! All the emotions are so much in the forefront... I don't even have the right words. READ IT!!

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Couldn't Get into Author's Writing Style

There was too much research material clumsily embedded into the story. Very distracting. The plot is not bad, but very predictable.

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Never disappoints

Viola Shipman always gives the reader a treat whenever she pens a book. The Secret of Snow is another winner for this amazing author! This is a story about second chances and draws the reader in from the first page. Sunny learn how to successfully deal with family and grief in order to move forward with her life. I definitely could identify with Sunny in this book I couldn’t put down! Viola totally knocked this snowball right out of the park!

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Potential Ruined With Juvenile Conflict

As a Michigander, I really wanted to like this book. The local flair and scientific information about weather and how it affects the region was fun to listen to. And while the accents and pronunciation wasn't always authentic, I'd be willing to overlook that. However... since our main character is 50 I did not expect the juvenile level of functioning of several of the conflicts present. The issues presented and how they were dealt with belonged in a teen drama, not that of a 50 year old, in my opinion. It really took away from the core of the story, which is unresolved grief. I wish the conflict has just as much nuance and relevancy as the unresolved grief component of the story. As it stands now, it feels it was added to create length and unnecessary drama. If you like catty drama, lack of personal responsibility and weird office politics, go for this book.

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Not quite what I expected

Loved being taken away by the magic of Christmas, tradition and winter! But the constant life lessons in every conversation during the last half of the book got a little wearing. It was also hard to get through some of the cheesy romance. I'd say it's a perfect read for those who love Hallmark movies.

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A story of home..

Viola Shipman took me on a beautiful tour of my home state, to the familiar and unfamiliar places of Michigan. A beautiful story of family, of home, and of love.

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Funny at times with rich weather descriptions

This book was recommended to me by a friend because I'm a meteorologist. My friend thought I might appreciate the book’s rich description of weather events, particularly of lake-effect snowstorms in Michigan. I’m a life-long resident of Michigan, so I have to admit that I did enjoy this element. I have experienced the type of weather described in this book many times. I also found the story to be quite funny at points, particularly at the beginning when the main character, who is a TV meteorologist, "melts down" on live TV after she is fired and replaced by a computer-generated artificial intelligence. On the downside, the story becomes increasingly formulaic as it progresses, almost resembling the storyline of a typical Hallmark movie complete with cliche lines like "forgive yourself" and "you're a good person." In addition, the use of a Minnesota accent for people in Michigan struck me as out of place, as I personally have never met anyone in Michigan who actually talks like this. Overall, however, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. I’m glad my friend suggested it because otherwise it would not have been on my radar.

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Thumbs up!

Of all the viola Shipmen books, this is by far the best!
The narrator does a perfect job!