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Baby It's Cold Outside (When I Fall in Love)

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Five strangers with broken hearts. One raging blizzard. Baby, it's cold outside!

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
Published January 2014 by Harlequin (first published October 1st 2011)
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When war claimed her only son Nelson, Dottie Morgan grew cold and brittle, the physical embodiment of the name of her hometown of Frost, Minnesota. Nelson had been her salvation, a sign of redemption and forgiveness for the youthful folly that caused her to spurn her childhood sweetheart Gordy's declarations of love for adventure with a ne'er do well thug. With crushed dreams and a hopeless outlook, Dottie resigns herself to another isolated Christmas and a lonely future, sure that God and manki ...more
SUMMARY: Five strangers with broken hearts. One raging blizzard. Brrr, baby, it’s cold outside! But a warm fire and a string of Christmas lights just might provide the perfect remedy. It's been years since Dottie Morgan hosted the annual Snowflake, MN, Christmas Extravaganza. After her son was killed in the war, some five years ago, her Christmas spirit died along with him. So she is more than happy to loan all her Christmas decorations to Violet Hart, the new teacher in town. After all, what do ...more
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 hersel ...more
Rather than give a review about all the great characters or the touching scenes of this book, I'm simply going to say that sometimes there are books that come along at just the right moment in your life, and they leave the most profound impression. To some, Baby, It's Cold Outside may represent a wonderful start into Christmas books this season, but for me, it became a personal journey of sorts--a chance to pull back the curtain and recognize that, just like Dottie Morgan, I'm not perfect, eithe ...more
Have you ever had one of those moments when you look back at your life and think about everything you've lost or your failed dreams? And trying to figure out what you did for God to leave you so broken? Dottie Morgan has wondered that for years. Since she lost her son in the war, Dottie can't seem to move forward and find happiness again. Her neighbor, Gordy, has always been part of her life, helped her raise her son, but she's pretty sure the love he once had for her disappeared the night she r ...more
Charlene Amsden
Susan doesn’t use mere words to tell her stories, she uses pure, undistilled emotion. Whenever I pick up a Susan May Warren book, I know to also grab a box of tissue for my tears and to make certain I’m somewhere I can laugh out loud. I also have to clear my schedule of all obligations, because once I start reading a SMW story I am not stopping until it is done.

Like every other Susan May Warren book I have read, Baby It’s Cold Outside is going on my keeper shelf. I expect that from now on I will
3.5 stars, mostly for the time period and details post post-war small town. The summary on GR doesn't match the book at all - down to the names! Town librarian Dottie is depressed after the death of her beloved son in WW2. New librarian Violet, who worked as a mechanic overseas during the war, is dealing with her lousy boss and the anger of a town that feels she took a job one of their boys could have had instead of soldiering. They get snowed in together, with guys they have a history with (whe ...more
This book would make Scrooge (pre-ghostly visits) and the Grinch (pre-Cindy Lou Who) love Christmas stories. I for one am not normally a fan of holiday books but this one I loved. Way to go Susan May Warren!

Full review on 10/17
It’s a time for hope and fresh starts, but for many the fallout of the war is still lingering. For some the loss of a loved one has damaged them beyond repair. For others its left haunting memories and regret. For main characters Dottie, Violet, Jake and Gordy, the issues of bitterness, loneliness and depression are no strangers. And all of them (including little guy Arnie) are seeking a spark of hope that will change their lives. When a winter storm brings these five together in Dottie’s isolat ...more
Laurie Carlson
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Susan May Warren

In “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
What if you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a horrible blizzard and have no choice but to weather it out at the house of a local lady known to be grouchy and miserable?! This is what happens to 4 people of Frost, Minnesota. Dottie has lived in her big house alone for years, she was a single mom to her son Nelson but when he was killed in war she suddenly finds herself alone and refusing to move forward in life. She is downright miserable and unwilling to find happiness again. However, whe ...more
Kathryn Class
I asked the general public on goodreads for an uplifting, happy christmas book and boy did this one not disappoint! It has it's sad moments and, yes, I did cry a few times, but not really because it was sad, but because it was touching and it pricked at a few difficult things in my personal life. Overall the story was well crafted. I thought I could predict the way the story was going to unfold, but I was wrong and I LOVE THAT! This book is written by a Christian author, but isn't preachy and I ...more
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60936-215-7
Genre: Inspirational/historical/romance

Dottie Morgan made a mistake. The blessing was that she had a son. But now her son, a high-school football champion, is dead, killed in WWII, and Dottie is in mourning. She wonders if she’ll ever survive the loss.

Violet Hart went to serve in factories, installing wheels on the vehicles that were used in the war. She came home with everyone
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Susan May Warren is a wonderful book for unwinding from your own busy life. You’ll meet five different characters, each carrying their own hurts and longings, who end up together in an old Victorian home hunkered down as they ride out a brutal winter storm in the days before Christmas in 1949. By the end of the story, they have faced that which they wanted to ignore and arrive in better places.

Who are these wounded characters?
Dottie Morgan is the town librarian who fee
It's a bit early to think about Christmas, but you'll probably start hearing Christmas carols in your mind if you pick up Susan May Warren's newest book "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Set during the Christmas weekend 1949, this book brings together four different characters all with one thing in common - they are struggling with different pieces of their past, all while trapped in a farmhouse by a horrible snow storm - with a young boy in need.

This novel is an "easy read." It flows off the pages like
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 ...more
Amber Stokes
Where do you go when it's cold outside - when the winds of despair rage and the snow of uncertainty and doubt piles up? Susan May Warren paints a beautiful portrait of hope in the concept of the Storm House. Weaving warm and freezing imagery throughout the book, Warren slowly, gently creates a story full of the simple but astounding truth of God's love as especially celebrated at Christmastime.

Warren's books thrive on emotional intensity, and Baby, It's Cold Outside is further proof of her skill
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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
I'm always a bit skeptical when I see a book that is centered around the holidays. My fear is that the book will be one of those that you can only read at wintertime thus minimizing the time it is enjoyable. That being said I MUST say that Baby It's Cold Outside far exceeded my expectations. Once again Susan May Warren has written a gripping and intriguing tale.

The plot focuses around five individuals who are trapped in an old Victorian manor while the blizzard of the century rages about them.
are you peeking to discover how many days 'til Christmas?

sneaking extra moments in the pages of a good book

as you watch the dropping temperatures?

here's your invitation to come in from the cold!

let this Delicious Read warm you ~ heart and soul!

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 WW II. But when the blizzard of the decade descends

on her hometown of Frost, Minnesota,

Dottie finds herself trappe
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 ...more
I truly enjoy the writing of Susan May Warren. As a matter of fact, I started my Christmas reading off last year with her contemporary shorter novel The Great Christmas Bowl and enjoyed it immensely, so I was looking forward to her writing being the fall introduction to the Christmas season again for me this year with a war time historical. When I Fall In Love is an awesome series from Summerside Press and just like their Love Finds You series, I have enjoyed every single book I've read so far o ...more
There is something magical and warm about a Christmas story in which there is a terrible blizzard and people are stranded together, not to mention the delightful nostalgia of life after World War II. When I first read about this book, I knew that Susan May Warren would do a terrific job and that this would be a book to savor. Everything about this book is a delight. I loved the warmth and the cozy feel this book had. I had very high expectations going into this book and they were met and exceede ...more
BABY,IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: WHEN I FALL IN LOVE by Susan May Warren is an interesting inspirational romance fiction set in 1949 Minnesota. It is the story of four near strangers who find healing,comfort,while being trapped during a snow blizzard. They have old hurts to surface, secrets,an estrangement,old love,lost,grief,Christmas miracles,and find new love,understanding,faith,love,and romance. “Baby,It’s Cold Outside” is a story of mending hearts,finding healing and while it may be cold outside,the ...more
Ane Mulligan
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.
I have been a fan of Susan May Warren's books for a while now. This is my 5th book by her I have read. I have loved all of them, except this one. This story just did not click with me for some reason. I found it to be slow and uninteresting. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and I didn't even like the two main women. I also think part of the problem was that it took place in the 1940's and I am not interested in that time period at all. I didn't dislike it, I just didn't love it eit ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Dottie has a life of regrets and a loss of faith over the death of her only son during World War 2. Gordy has always loved her from afar. Violet and Jake must learn to trust one another and little Arnie is lonely and lost in his imaginary world of Flash Gordon. When a sudden blizzard brings them all together in Dottie's house, she's not sure she can handle the emotions that begin to come forth. But, as each life touches the others, hearts are opened and feelings shared and a Christmas miracle br ...more
I really enjoyed this book - I actually read it in one sitting! The idea of being snowed in for several days just before Christmas with four people you hardly know is both fascinating and frightening to me, and Susan May Warren makes it work. She weaves the five stories in and around each other, slowly revealing more and more of each character's history and dreams.

I'm a sucker for Christmas stories, and this is an exceptionally good one. While it has the requisite amount of hope overcoming despa
Honestly I didn't finish the book. I was hoping for something like Debbie Maccomber but instead this was a very heavy-handed tales with two-dimensional characters. The only part I found intriguing or thought-provoking was the prejudice shown against a woman who had served her country as a WAC in WWII. I would like to follow up on that with more reading because it's something that never occurred to me--the resentment of women doing "mens jobs" and the fact that by taking non-combat duties in the ...more
Loved this book- one of my favorite Christmas novels!
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I can't help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with - a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I've been writing as long as I can remember - I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the Unive
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