Friday, December 3, 2021

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 - December 3rd

This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple.

I'm also joining in Book Beginnings on Friday. It's hosted by Rose City Reader

I just started reading this one.  The excerpts are from the E-ARC.

First Chapter

December 2021

"And look at this!  A storm system is making its way across the country, and it will bring heavy snow to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes before wreaking havoc on the East Coast.  This is an especially early and nasty start to winter for much of the country.  In fact, early models indicate that parts of western and northern Michigan - the lake effect snowbelts, as we call them - will receive over 150 inches of snow this year.  One hundred fifty inches!"

From 56% on my Kindle...

"Keep my mouth shut and just do my job?"  I finish.  "I hear you.  I'm trying.  I'm good at doing my job.  I'm not so good at keeping my mouth shut."

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As comforting and familiar as a favorite sweater, Viola Shipman's first holiday novel is a promise of heartfelt family traditions, humorously real experience, and the enduring power of love and friendship.

Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist who knows only sunshine and seventy-two-degree days, is being replaced by an AI meteorologist, which the youthful station manager reasons "will never age, gain weight or renegotiate its contract." The only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is one in a famously nontropical place—her northern Michigan hometown.

Unearthing her carefully laid California roots, Sonny returns home and reacclimates to the painfully long, dark winters dominated by a Michigan phenomenon known as lake-effect snow. But beyond the complete physical shock to her system, she's also forced to confront her past: her new boss, a former journalism classmate and mortal frenemy; more keenly, the death of a younger sister who loved the snow; and the mother who caused Sonny to leave.

To distract herself from the unwelcome memories, Sonny decides to throw herself headfirst into all things winter to woo viewers and reclaim her success. From sledding and ice fishing to skiing and winter festivals, the merrymaking culminates with the town’s famed Winter Ice Sculpture Contest. Running the events is a widowed father and chamber of commerce director, whose genuine love of Michigan, winter and Sonny just might thaw her heart and restart her life in a way she never could have predicted.

What do you think?  What are you sharing today?


  1. The Secret of Snow looks good. It seems like the perfect book to read during the holiday season. Have a great weekend!

  2. Ooh this sounds lovely and perfectly timely! We're predicted to maybe get a little bit of snow today, I would love that. I hope you enjoy this one and that you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. Ooh western Michigan- that's my neck of the woods. :)

  4. Sounds perfect for the season. Enjoy!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  5. I have been wanting to read this author. This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing! Here's mine: “WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE”

  6. I live that beginning each year... LOL! What a pretty cover! Happy weekend!

  7. I have never heard of this author before, the book sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy it :)

  8. The book is set in Dec. 2021? Wow. Timely.

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  9. This sounds fantastic and this is an author I really want to read!


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