Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blog Tour: Baby It's Cold Outside (Review)

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 a cup of hot chocolate. It's not heavy, but does pack a punch in that it will make you stop and think about the choices they made - and the outcomes which take place because of those choices.

I enjoyed reading this novel. I liked the concept of the story - a town healing from the war; a young military chaplain realizing he needs to heal, just like the young men he ministered to; a farmer struggling with the disappointments of life, while remaining positive for a future with his beloved; a young woman struggling with her identity after serving overseas in the war; and a mother, grieving over the choices she made and the loss of her son.

The characters rally when needed, to save a young man who takes shelter at the home in the storm.

In all, on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give this book a solid four. Once again, Warren has created a novel that is steeped in history and faith.It will put you in the Christmas spirit.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
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.

More 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 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.  

Online Resources
Read an excerpt of the story, and find out more about its "backstory."
Buy it at Amazon.com
ind it at Barnes & Noble
Follow the blog tour (see what others think) 

Other Reviews of Warren's Books
The Great Christmas Bowl (Review)
PJ Sugar: Nothing But Trouble (Review & Interview)
PJ Sugar: Double Trouble (Review)
PJ Sugar: Licensed For Trouble (Review & Interview
Sons of Thunder (Review)
Nightingale (Review)
My Foolish Heart (Review) 
Heiress (Review)

It's A Contest
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 Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST!

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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.


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