Title of Book: Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press (summersidepress.com)
Publication Date: 2011
Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dottie Morgan has no desire to share her home or her heart this Christmas. After all, her holiday spirit froze over when she lost her son in World War II. But when the blizzard of the decade descends on Frost, Minnesota, trapping Dottie in her home with four near strangers, she discovers that opening her door might also open her heart to a miracle and a new reason to celebrate Christmas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susan May Warren, the award winning author of Baby, its Cold Outside, spent time in Siberia as a missionary. She has written more than 30 novels, including Waiting for Dawn, Hook Line & Sinker, and Heiress. Today, she lives in a small town in northern Minnesota. You can find more information about Warren, her writing and her speaking at Susanmaywarren.com.
In Baby, its Cold Outside, Susan Warren takes the reader right into small town life of the 1940’s, seamlessly weaving the time’s songs, advertising, Christmas celebrations, and the attitudes of the time. As I read, I even found myself hoping this would become a movie, so I could sit in my easy chair and watch it through. Baby, its Cold Outside began on December 22, 1949. I ached for Dottie as I read the first line: If she could, Dottie would simply erase the next three days off her calendar. I once felt like that, so I knew how Dottie felt! And each character made a mark on my heart. I felt, not only Dottie’s grief, but Gordy’s mangled heart, Jake’s confusion, Violet’s determination and Arnie’s fear. I kept turning pages to find out what happened next. After all, it was Christmas! Susan Warren certainly knows how to weave a tale and tie it up with a bow. Baby, its Cold Outside will be packed away with Christmas decorations and brought out to read again next Christmas and for many Christmases to come. It’s a classic.