Monday, October 17, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren, and a Giveaway

Hope 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.

My review:
I love Christmas books - even when romance is the main theme, so I was happy I made the blogger review list for this one. And it did not disappoint.

It may seem sappy to have so many Christmas books written about lonely people finding hope and love at Christmas, but so what. It makes for a great story. This one had some extra twists and turns, thanks to Jake, one of the main characters.

The plot in a nutshell is this: Five very different people become stranded together in the same house during a blizzard. God uses each of them to bring hope to each other and unlock a heart that has been frozen with bitterness and unforgiveness for years.

I really enjoyed this book. The setting is around the time of World War II, which plays a lot into the story. I loved the characters: Dottie, a forty-something widow full of bitterness and unforgiveness, Gordon, the man who has loved her since he was a kid, Violet, on the brink of turning 30 years old  and still unmarried, Jake, a young man with a secret, and Arnie, a lonely little boy.

And I am happy to report this book is curse-free, and is a great Christmas story. If I gave stars, I'd give 5 out of 5. Entertaining, and it does carry a great message.

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 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 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!)

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:http://www.susanmaywarren.com/.

Giveaway:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – warm up with a Kindle Fire from Susan May Warren

Warm up to Chrismtas early this year with Susan May Warren's Baby, It's Cold Outside! To celebrate the release of her new Christmas book with Summerside Press, she and the publisher are giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting an early Christmas Party on Facebook!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.





One festive winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/26!



But, wait there’s more! Join Susan May Warren on 10/27 for merriment and a few early Christmas presents at her Baby, It's Cold Outside Christmas party! Grab your Christmas sweaters, socks and pj’s and join Susan and a few friends for a fireside chat about her recent books (Heiress & Baby, It’s Cold Outside), holiday traditions, favorite Christmas recipes, a trivia contest and more! Invite your friends and don’t miss the fun!



RSVP here and we'll see you on October 27th at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST!



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Thanks to Litfuse for the review copy.

2 comments:

Carmen7351 said...

I posted your blog info on FB. Guess I should have asked first.

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Melanie Ski said...

Sounds like a great read! I will have to attend the facebook party to get a copy. I didn't get in on this tour, but is sounds wonderful!!
Melanie
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