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  • A Great Book Club Pick!

    What happens when you are fired from your job after management decides to bring in articifical intelligence robot whom they can control to replace you? Then you are forced to move home from your warm climate of Palm Springs, California to frigid cold Traverse City, Michigan because you had a major drunkin meltdown on the air. This is exactly what happens to Sonny Dunes, a meteorologist. The only station that will give her a second chance is from her hometown in Travesrse City, Michigan. Will she be able to confront her past and move on? This book will have you turning the pages as Sonny reclaims her life. Will she be able to overcome her grief and reputation to become successful again or will life continue to spiral out of control? Viola Shipman writes so poignantly about family, friendship and forgiveness. No matter how awful our lives can get, that it is important to find support from family and friends who can see you through the ups and downs of life. Also how it’s important to not only to forgive yourself, but to be able to forgive others. I love how this author takes on important issues such as suicide, loss, importance of family and Friends, forgiveness, love, and second chances and weaves them into a heartfelt story that will have you laughing and crying your way through. Be sure to add this book to your Fall TBR list! A great book club pick!

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  • Loved these MI memories!

    I absolutely loved this book about second chances, forgiveness and moving on. "Sonny Dunes" was a meteorologist in San Diego when she was replaced by a "robot." She had and on-air meltdown and was fired. She received a job offer from a college acquaintance back in her hometown of Traverse City which she reluctantly agreed to and moved back to Michigan and in with her mother. Her new boss, at the station, wants her to participate in all the winter activities in town during the festivals along with winter sports. Sonny has a lot of issues to resolve including the death of her younger sister that she blames herself for. Having formerly lived in Michigan for many, many years, Author Viola Shipman vividly brought back all my recollections of the very cold and snowy Michigan weather as well as memories of the winter festivals and winter sports. Thank you NetGalley and Graydon House Publishers for the ARC of this heart-warming book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have already purchased more of this author"s works because I was so impressed with his writing.

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  • Slow start to satisfying conclusion

    This book began very slowly for me. I complained to reader friends that it was not worth reading about an entitled woman who loses her job, has to go home, gets a new job, totally doesn't listen to family and friends, thinks everything has to be her way and runs from any confrontation. About 1/3 of the way in, I purposefully left the book at home when I was on a week long business trip because I just needed to see if I wanted to pick it back up when I got home. I did, but still wasn't invested in the story. I. Was. Wrong. Once I found out what she was running from, the whole book began to make much more sense. Loss and grief effect people in different ways. Sonny didn't want to have to face the loss and her own thoughts about possibly causing the tragedy. It took opening that part of her life up to self scrutiny and sharing her issues with others to get her past the block in her heart and the block she put up around anyone getting too close. I felt the ending was a bit too happy, with all of the tendrils that had been coiling around the story, wrapped up a bit too conveniently. Now she has a perfect job. Perfect significant other. Perfectly perfect everything. A feel good ending that many Viola Shipman books have. I guess that's why I read them.

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