Barbour Publishing provided a free digital copy of The Blizzard Bride, by Susanne Dietze , in exchange for an honest review. It is the eleventh book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. As all the books I’ve read in the series, this one is historically accurate with only a tiny bit of “poetic license”.
Though the story is set in 1888, mostly in Texas, I suspect the author is British or has lived in the U.K. because of the use of the words “dustbin” and “flatmates”. While there is nothing inherently wrong with those words, they do not reflect the language of the characters or the location chosen for the setting of the book.
Against her better judgment, Abigail “Abby” Bracey agrees to accept a teaching assignment in the town of Wells, Nebraska. Her “second job” is to learn all she can about her students to figure out which one is the son of Fletcher Pitch, a notorious counterfeiter; and no one knows what he looks like.
The boy and his aunt need protection, and are being sought by Secret Service agent Dashiell “Dash” Lassiter, who also happens to be Abby’s former fiancé. Abby loathes the idea of working with the man who broke her heart, but she also wants a chance to help capture the man who killed her father – Fletcher Pitch.
The story is set against the horrible blizzard of January 12, 1888, that struck the plains states and territories unexpectedly when the weather of a mild day suddenly turned violent. In the actual blizzard, 235 people were killed, but in this book, the small town of Wells had far fewer people, and few deaths.
When Abby learns it was her father who sent Dash away, and that he still loves her, will she forgive him? Will they survive the blizzard? How will they recognize Pitch, and will they be able to capture him?
As I’ve said before, each book in this series seems to be better than the ones before it. I think this one may be my favorite, so far. It is Christian fiction at its best, and many of the passages really stuck with me. Do you love a good romance, a good mystery, a good adventure? Then you’ll definitely love The Blizzard Bride.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
The most important thing is the incorrect use of the phrase, “begs the question”. This is one of the most frequently misused idiomatic expressions of our time. “Begs the question” refers to a fallacy in logic where one of the premises of an argument assumes the conclusion is true. It is not interchangeable with “raises the question”.
Aside from that, here is some of what I found:
- incorrect verb usage: brought vs. took, loaned vs. lent;
- beginning a sentence with a conjunction: turning a pause in a thought into two separate sentences.