The Blizzard Bride written by Susanne Deitze is a compelling historical fiction mystery that takes you into the lives of fantastic characters to solve a crime for the Secret Service. This is book 11 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, and honestly it is now one of my favorites. This book has a lot of characters, but you get to know each one of them and they make the mystery come to life. The main characters are fighting complicated pasts that ended badly and now they have to work together to save a little boy that doesn't even know that he is in danger. Then there is a dangerous blizzard that complicates everything. The setting, the characters, and the historical references all come together to make a great read that will keep you wishing all at once that you would get to the end to solve the crime, and that the story would keep going on forever.
The Blizzard Bride Story
The story begins in Chicago in 1887. Abigail Bracey is having lunch with Mr Welch about information related to the death of her father. Her father was murdered four years ago on the steps of the bank that he managed. He was caught up in a counterfeiting crime and the Secret Service knows The Artist was responsible for his murder. Abigail has been struggling with living in Chicago because of the family shame that this event has brought to light, so when Mr Welch suggests that she work with them undercover, she jumps at the opportunity. This is until the person that she would be working with joins them for lunch and it is Dashiell Lassiter who was her childhood sweetheart. He left her with no explanation just before they were to be married. She can't work with this man, but she will do anything to make her fathers death mean something.
The Secret Service now knows that The Artist is Fletcher Pitch and he is searching for his son. Abby and Dash have to travel to Nebraska and insert themselves into the community to try to determine which boy is Fletcher's son and save him and bring Pitch to justice. Abby is going to be working as a school teacher and will have a chance to get to know all the students. There are 3 boys that could be the one that they are looking for. Dash is going to work with with horses for the local hotel and get to know the new people coming into town as well as the townspeople that have lived there all their lives. If they can only find a way to successfully work together despite their anger about their past and what each one believes took place, hopefully they can catch Fletcher Pitch in time and bring justice and save a family.
The History of the Storm
I wish that I had skipped to the end of the book and read about all the research that was done about The Children's Blizzard before I read the story. Living in the Midwest I have lived though my fair share of blizzards and know how wicked the wind and the snow can be when they combine. The storm in the book started with an unusually nice winter/spring weather day and people were wearing lighter clothes than normal, and even leaving behind jackets because at the time they weren't needed. When the blizzard strikes without warning, Abby has to make quick decisions about how to take care of her students and herself.
The Blizzard Bride is a great book from start to finish. The character development was fantastic, and even the side stories all joined together to make a wonderful story full of heart and hope. I highly recommend this book, whether you are a fan of historical fiction or not, you will learn so much as you are swept up in a story that ends to quickly. Make this book part of your reading list and share this review with any friends that would be interested as well.
Disclosure: Thank you to Barbour Publishing, Inc. for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.