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.
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About the book: Baby, It’s Cold OutsideHope finds the hopeless when a storm hits.
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.
About Susan: 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 ’s beautiful 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 be found at:www.susanmaywarren.com.