It’s never too early for a sweet Christmas tale, and author Susan May Warren has written a lovely holiday story with her latest book, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside."
Frost, Minn., hasn’t had a blizzard in a while, but in 1949 one is on its way, and five people who would never have dreamed of spending time with each other are about to spend Christmas trapped together.
Dottie Morgan is the town librarian and was well-known for her children’s story time on Christmas Eve. But since the death of her beloved son, Nelson, in the war, Dottie has retreated into herself. She now spends her off-time alone in her family’s Victorian home on the outskirts of town. With no family left, the holiday season has no real meaning to her anymore.
Violet Hart returned home after serving in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during the war to a less than enthusiastic welcome and is unsure of what to do with her life. She is a great mechanic, having performed those duties while in the service, but feels her skills are unappreciated now that she is home. So, Violet takes a job at the library helping Mrs. Morgan. She has been corresponding with Alex, a soldier she met overseas, and has even invited him to the town’s Christmas dance. But when her last letter is returned, Violet doesn’t know quite what to think.
Jake Ramsey has traveled to Frost to find Violet. He’s the bearer of some sad news that will potentially devastate her, but he also holds a bit of hope in his heart that he can get Violet to listen to his story before she makes any rash decisions.
Gordy Lindholm has loved Dottie Morgan since they were children, but when she left Frost to marry someone else, he was heartbroken. Upon her return with her son, Gordy looked after them as best he could from afar. Now, as the blizzard approaches, he finds himself stuck at Dottie’s, trying to make sense of all the sudden developments that seem to have taken over.
The adults weathering the storm at Dottie’s are forced to take a new look at themselves when they discover young Arnie, who had been struggling to reach his “storm house” when the blizzard struck. As they all work together to revive the half-frozen young boy, the couples soon discover that maybe a little Christmas magic is all they need to overcome the obstacles they face.
Warren is a prolific and charming writer of some of the best Christian fiction on the market today, and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” is, in my opinion, one of her best works to date. Part of the “When I Fall In Love” series, which are books that feature beloved love songs from the past, this book highlights favorite Christmas songs, including the lyrics to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
If you’re looking for a little Christmas inspiration, give this novel a try. You’ll be humming along as you read before you know it.