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It's Christmas weekend 1949, and despite the threat of a storm, the townspeople of Frost are determined to continue their holiday traditions, if only as a means to forget the war that they had 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 Violet's past than she would like, no one can predict how this Christmas will give them all a second chance.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, Warren
takes us to a small town, Frost, Minnesota,
in 1949, shortly after the war where the wounds of war are not yet healed. A Christmas blizzard snows in several people
into Violets home, a Safe House where people can go for that very reason. Even though Violet has in her mind all she is wishing
for is that anyone who has been coming by her home earlier is to just go away. She wants to be by herself. Violet lost her son in the war, and she is
not healed yet. She has a long ways to
work through it, and she is plain not ready when a blizzard hits and four other characters find there way to her home to weather out this blizzard through the holiday season.
This is a very cozy read, and Warren
makes us feel it, as she always does in every book she writes. We can feel all the circumstances
that bring all five of these characters together, their emotions, and the sense of the holiday. The way she writes we can feel the snow falling and hitting our faces
during this blizzard. We can feel all the snow that hits us
as it falls off the branches of trees and then you walk into the a warm, cozy house, where the heat feels so good.. All of the characters that are
snowed in at Violet’s Safe House over Christmas have all seem to have their own
flaws, but this does not stop them from still enjoying each others’ company, getting
to know each other better, and then enjoying the season itself. I think out of all the characters and their
flaws one of the hardest has to be Violet’s loss of her son during the
war. Even though a little time has
passed, the hurt still feels like yesterday.
Get ready to enjoy a wonderful holiday book that is sure to stay with you through all the years of your holidays. Each holiday you will remember this story.
cannot suggest to you more than to read this book when it's a cold day outside where
all you want to do is snuggle inside and enjoy it for yourself. You'll be able to feel what the characters feel, smell the scents of the season, and even envision it all.. You'll be experiencing all that Susan May Warren has written in this
wonderful story between these five characters inside this Safe House. Again, you will also find yourself picking this book up
year after year to read reread it.
writing like this is truly a gift Susan May Warren has with her writing and not many authors
can attain this. You feel as if you are
right there participating in whatever situation she is writing about.
book, like all the books by Susan May Warren, held my attention so well I did
not want to put it down. When you don’t
want to put a book down, and there are dishes in the sink and other household
duties that need tending to, you find yourself ignoring these and continue
reading her books.
LOVED this book! I should say I LOVE ALL of Susan May Warren’s books! One thing about this author is every book she
writes is definitely different. She is
NOT a cookie-cutter author at all like many who write a lot of books can be. The variety of the books she writes astounds
me! She can write many genres and pull them off so well. They are ALL
their own, separate stories, which is why I enjoy this author so much. I know I can pick up any one of her books and
read an entirely new and different story than I’ve ever read by her
before. That says a LOT
about an author!
received this book for “FREE” from Summerside Press, through LitFuse Publicity,
through their Book Reviewer’s Program in exchange to read and write a review
about this book. It is NOT required for my
review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own
opinion.” I was NOT provided with “ANY”
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pure pleasure of reading it. Again, the
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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 inRussia, Susan returned home to a small town onMinnesota’s beautifulLake Superiorshore 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 ofwww.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!)