Hope finds the hopeless when a storm hits.
It's Christmas weekend 1949, and despite the threat of a storm, the townspeople of Frost, Minnesota, are determined to continue their holiday traditions, if only as a means to forget the war that they all just suffered through. But the suffering hasn't ended for Dottie Morgan who lost her only son in the war. She's preparing to wallow in her isolation for the weekend, when Violet, nearly a spinster at age 29, dares to make a request that will force Dottie to publicly revive the memory of her dead son.
When a storm traps the two women at home with a strange young man who has an unbelievable confession and a neighbor with more to do with Dottie's past than she would like, no one can predict how this Christmas will give them all a second chance.
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About The Author:
Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’sbeautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.
Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: Discover, Create and Publish the Novel in You!.She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.
Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)
A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can befound at: www.susanmaywarren.com.
Normally I am not someone who seeks out Christmas books to read. I love Christmas, of course, I just don’t usually enjoy reading the sappy stories that come with most books about Christmas. Since I started my blog, however, this is the fourth Christmas book I have read, and I have two more on my list for this year!
When I saw this Christmas book by Susan May Warren, I knew I had to give it a try, since she is fast becoming a new favorite author of mine.
I was not disappointed.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside has the excellent character development that I have come to expect from Susan May Warren. I felt the hopelessness of each character as they told their stories. Every character in the book brought forth some type of emotion, whether happy or sad or sweet or frustrating.
But along with these feelings of hopelessness came the gradual realization by each character that their hope should be in Christ. This novel wonderfully tells of renewed hope, forgiveness, and second chances. I also liked how these people came together to form a friendship that would last beyond their time together at Christmas.
Those of you who enjoy the sentimentality that comes with Christmas stories, you will also not be disappointed. This novel comes complete with a Christmas miracle. (It bordered on too sappy for me, but I will forgive Ms. Warren in this since the rest of the story was so good!)
For an excellent read this Christmas season, give Baby, It’s Cold Outside a try. And you, too, can go around your house for days singing….”I really can't stay… Baby it's cold outside…” and think fondly of that scene from Elf!
I will give Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Susan May Warren … 4 BookWorms
About the Contest:
Warm up to Chrismtas early this year with Susan May Warren's Baby, It's Cold Outside! To celebrate the release of her new Christmas book with Summerside Press, she and the publisher are giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting an early Christmas Party on Facebook!
One festive winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire
- Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren
But, wait there’s more! Join Susan May Warren on 10/27 for merriment and a few early Christmas presents at her Baby, It's Cold Outside Christmas party! Grab your Christmas sweaters, socks and pj’s and join Susan and a few friends for a fireside chat about her recent books (Heiress & Baby, It’s Cold Outside), holiday traditions, favorite Christmas recipes, a trivia contest and more! Invite your friends and don’t miss the fun!
RSVP here and we'll see you on October 27th at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Summerside Press through LitFuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”