It’s 1949, and Dottie Morgan is a widowed librarian in Frost, Minnesota. Her beloved son died while serving in the military during World War II, and Dottie hasn’t been able to get past her loss. Since then, she’s pretty much become a loner.
It’s almost Christmas Eve, but Dottie is finding it impossible to embrace any Christmas spirit. When her fellow librarian, Violet, arrives at Dottie’s home to make a special request, she can’t find the strength within to give the younger woman what she wants. Violet leaves empty-handed and almost runs down a stranger in the driveway, not aware that handsome Jake has been searching for her.
A blizzard blows in and before the two visitors can leave, Dottie, Violet, and Jake realize they’re housebound. They’re joined by Gordon, the man who lives nearby and has loved Dottie since they were kids.
No one is happy to be stuck and tension develops between characters. But when they discover a little boy, seeking refuge on his way home from school, they join forces to make sure he feels safe and secure, and they try to create some Christmas spirit for the child.
My review …
Once again, Susan May Warren has crafted a delightful story that is not only fun, it contains depth and a strong, spiritual thread without becoming preachy. The characters are well developed. Dottie and Gordon are both stubborn, and because of past experiences and hurts, are not willing to give in and make the first move toward reconciliation. Jake and Violet are both afraid to be truthful about who they are and what they want.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a story about being the person God created you to be, healing from past wounds, forgiving others, and living without regrets. It’s a story that can warm a reader’s heart.
If you enjoy reading Christian fiction that focuses on the spirit of Christmas, you’ll want to check out this novel. I highly recommend it.
Susan May Warren is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than thirty novels. A former missionary to Russia, Susan now lives in a small Minnesota on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior with her husband and their four children.