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Posted November 11, 2011
Baby, It¿s Cold Outside, a novel Susan May Warren © 2011 Summerside Press Minneapolis 55337 ISBN 978-1-609362-15-7 309 pp ppbk Dottie Morgan, Violet Hart, Jacob Ramsey III (Jake), Gordon Lindholm, Arnie Shiller all stranded in an old mansion by a Christmas blizzard¿a setup for romance¿or is it? Can Dottie understand Gordon and forgive him? Can Gordon learn how to relate to women? Will Violet ever feel accepted while doing what she loves? Can she believe Jake¿s tale and trust him? Will Arnie survive his harrowing trip in the snow and wind? Can Jake be any more surprising as his myriad talents surface? Will he win the girl he loves? How all this works out will keep readers enthralled. Set in mid-1940¿s Minnesota, among characters that feel truly alive and rapidly gain our sympathy, this tale provides suspense, warmth and a satisfying time for readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2011
Set in 1949, the small town of Frost Minnesota this story will unfold. A small town to begin with they are close knit, loosing five of their boys in the war, has devastated and paralyzed, the once vibrant Dottie Morgan. The town librarian, most of the kids in town have great memories of story time with her at the library. The boys all have memories of hanging out at her house with her only son Nelson after football practice. But Nelson died in the war, and Dottie has become a sad shell of herself.
Violet, Dottie assistant at the library, also served in the war. She was in the motor pool, as a mechanic. And good one she was, but the guys seemed to be threatened by that and she had never married.
A storm right before Christmas has trapped Violet, Gordy (Dottie's neighbor and long time friend), Jake (a stranger come to town to make things right with Violet) at Dottie's house. And Dottie is not happy with it at all, she tried to throw them all out, but the storm was so fierce they could not leave. After a night of fierce white out conditions, a trip to the barn reveal another person trapped. A little boy on his way home from school, who made it to the "storm house" or what he thought was the storm house, but it was only the barn, the four adults work together to save the little boy who is nearly froze to death. Will this change and thaw Dottie's frozen heart?
I love Susan May Warren's books and I have to say this one topped them all. A heartwarming story that will have you laughing, crying and unable to put it down. It also opened up my eyes to how the women who served in the earlier wars were treated after they returned home. We all think everyone comes home a hero, but it wasn't true for many of the women, they were resented, because people felt that their being over there took the boys off the easy jobs and sent them to the front lines, so they blamed the women. A great story that you cannot miss!! 309 pages $US 12.99 5 stars.
This book was provided for review purposes by Litfuse, no payment was received for this review.
Posted October 24, 2011
Five very different people. One blizzard. Put these things together and you get a recipe for possible disaster. Dottie hasn't been the same since her son died in World War II. She has blamed her neighbor and former flame Gordy for her son's death. Gordy has tried his best to take care of Dottie, but he can't forgive her for running off and marrying someone else. Violet works with Dottie at the library, but she has issues of her home. After going off to Europe to serve in the war, her transition back into the civilian life of a woman has not been easy. Her only hope for happiness has been Alex, who she met in the military. They have been writing for a while, but her last letter came back unopened. When Alex's mysterious friend Jake show up in town looking for Violet, things take an interesting turn. Jake is harboring some secrets about the past and present. The young boy Artie was just looking for his "storm house," a place designated for him to go for safety in times such as these. When these five people find their fates entwined, the spirit of family and Christmas soon make for a few days they will never forget. If they can get past all their issues that is.
Talk about creating an atmosphere! This book takes five people with varying relationships and throws them together for a multi-day blizzard. Naturally, things are going to come to a head while they are all cooped up together. Filled with charm and varying amounts of good cheer, this book is one you'll want to curl up with on a frosty winter day. It's filled with sad moments and sweet moments and some romance too. Individually, I didn't like the characters as much as I did when they were together. They certainly brought out the best in each other. I thought the period aspects of the book were great. They certainly added to the charm of the book.
This book does exactly what is advertised. There's nothing earth-shattering in it, but it is filled with a quiet sweetness. The romances simmer and build to their inevitable conclusion. This book is a relaxing and fast read, and it will be a perfect way to wind down during the hectic holiday season. So if you want a book full of romance and Christmas cheer, definitely check out this book.
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Posted October 24, 2011
The upcoming holiday season was difficult for Dottie. Everything reminded her of her deceased son and she wanted to be alone. Violet was looking forward to meeting the man she loved, but met Jake instead. Gordy watched over Dottie, but she didn't know it because they didn't speak. These are just four of the characters you will meet in Susan May Warren's new book, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The setting is Christmas in St. Olaf Square, and the Frost Ball is happening. But, there is no star on the tree to guide folks through the snow. As Violet goes to request it, circumstances intervene and stop her return. An auto accident, a chance meeting, a blizzard, and more conspire to bring Dottie guests for Christmas whether she wants them or not. This can be a time of hope and healing, or despair and anger. Which will it be? Will the truth about any of the situations be known, and if so, how will it be received? Come along and meet the people of St. Olaf Square and begin to welcome the Christmas season.
I truly enjoyed this heart-warming story. Ms. Warren blends wonderful characters with a realistic setting making her words spring to life. This is a great book for individual readers, but book groups will also enjoy the many topics to be explored. Topics include: love, forgiveness, anger, trust, and blame. It also helps remind us that there are people out there who need our love and compassion, especially during the holiday season. I received my review copy from Litfuse as part of a blog tour.
Posted October 22, 2011
Baby, It's Cold Outside has an eclectic cast of characters from Dottie the curmudgeon, Jake the pretender, Gordy the neighbor, to Violet the WAAC. Warren's characters take you into their hearts and don't let go. I laughed and cried and turned pages all night long. Baby, It's Cold Outside is a must read this Christmas! Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation: a 5-star read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2011
A storm house for those of you that are not quite sure what that is, is simply a house of refuge in a storm, created when families that lived really far from the school, an hour or more, would be assigned a storm house. In the event of a storm once school was dismissed, you were to head to your storm house and wait out the storm or until your parents picked you up from there.
There hasn't been a blizzard to hit the town of Frost, Minnesota, for quite some time but in 1949, there are about to get another, and with that the basis for the novel, Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren. Five people are about to spend Christmas snowed in and miracles are about to happen.
Dottie Morgan is the librarian for Frost, Minnesota and has in a sense isolated herself from people ever since the death of her son, Nelson in the war. She now spends her time all alone in a fairy-tale like Victorian home on the outskirts of town. Her son, Nelson's star used to top the tree in the center of town but for the last 5 years, Dottie has been unwilling to part with it, so now the tree stands decorated in lights with the exception of the tree top.
Violet Hart, has spent the last few years serving in the WAAC's during the war and now her mother firmly believes that since she can fix engines better than most men, she will spend the rest of her life alone. Little does she know, she's been writing to a service man, named Alex for over 4 years now and has even invited him to the town Christmas dance. However when she shows up at the post office, she finds her letter is stamped Return To Sender. Feeling a bit blue during this time of year, she is convinced she can get Dottie to let her use the star for the top of the Christmas tree. When she leaves the community center to head out in the storm, she is about to get more for Christmas than she ever dreamed of.
I received this book compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and LOVED it! A lot like, It's A Wonderful Life, we see how God works things that were once intended for sadness bring a whole lot of joy and love into Christmas. I would love to see this picked up and turned into a holiday classic. You see how people perceptions of others, leads them at times to think the best and the worst of some people and simply just being yourself is the best way of all! Thank you Susan for sharing this beautiful and heartwarming story with all of us. A MUST READ for Christmas, this rates 5 out of 5 stars!