The Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #11)
A Blizzard Changes EverythingAbigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father. Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her. All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?

The Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #11) Details

TitleThe Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #11)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781643522937
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Romance, Christian, Christian Fiction

The Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #11) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    In the author's latest book we accompany Abigail Bracey to Nebraska in January 1888 as she goes there to teach school but it's only a front for the real task of why she's there.Several years before her father was involved in counterfeiting with some other unsavory characters and was murdered.Abigail will stop at nothing as she goes undercover. As a certified teacher she takes her job seriously and always puts her students needs first.Throw in childhood friend, Dash who assigns himself as her In the author's latest book we accompany Abigail Bracey to Nebraska in January 1888 as she goes there to teach school but it's only a front for the real task of why she's there.Several years before her father was involved in counterfeiting with some other unsavory characters and was murdered.Abigail will stop at nothing as she goes undercover. As a certified teacher she takes her job seriously and always puts her students needs first.Throw in childhood friend, Dash who assigns himself as her protector as he follows her to Nebraska, for her safely of course!Abigail is still smarting over Dash not marrying her several years in the past , leaving without explaining the reason to her, leaving her hurt and confused. Bring out the wrath of the woman!I have heard of the Great Blizzard in Nebraska , a tragedy that claimed the life of so many children that is was called, The Children's Blizzard.Can Abigail and Dash put aside their differences to work together to find the counterfeiter and protect his son before it's too late?I am impressed by the research the author has put into this book. Even though I had heard of this tragic blizzard I learned so much more detail about it through the author's impressive research.I have read all of the Daughter's of The Mayflower right from the start. Each book is impeccably research and gives us a glimpse into a fascinating time period in history we are able to learn more about. This really is an interesting series!Published February 1st 2020 by Barbour BooksI was given a complimentary copy. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    Set in 1887 and 1888, Abby Bracey is recovering from the loss of her parents and the information that her father was involved in a counterfeit money scheme as well as the disappearance of the man she loved. Dashiell "Dash" Lassiter is an undercover agent for the Federal Government and is trying to apprehend the head of the counterfeiting scheme. He also just happens to be Abby's ex-fiancee. Now he has the nerve to ask her to take a teaching position in Nebraska and help him find the Set in 1887 and 1888, Abby Bracey is recovering from the loss of her parents and the information that her father was involved in a counterfeit money scheme as well as the disappearance of the man she loved. Dashiell "Dash" Lassiter is an undercover agent for the Federal Government and is trying to apprehend the head of the counterfeiting scheme. He also just happens to be Abby's ex-fiancee. Now he has the nerve to ask her to take a teaching position in Nebraska and help him find the counterfeiter's son in order to catch his father Pitch. The romance in this historical fiction novel takes a back seat to the actual mystery which I appreciated. Yet I could still feel the connection growing between Abby and Dash. Dash was a strong, faith-filled hero who tried to help Abby find her way back to the faith that she once had until her life came crashing down around her. This is my first read by Dietze. Her writing flows well and historical research so very evident particularly regarding the blizzard, the aftermath, and the treatment of victims. Her after notes regarding the real Nebraska blizzard gave me chills when I read the horrible death count. The secondary stars of this book have to be the delightful children who were in Abby's school as well as a skunk named "Stinky." This was another wonderful addition to the Daughters of Mayflower series.**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...I’m always happy to get my hands on a new book from Susanne Dietze, and this newest story lived up to my every expectation. A vibrant setting, dynamic characters, a sweet romance, and an exciting plot with twists and turns that kept me turning pages long past my bedtime! Even though the story had a most satisfying conclusion I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to these characters that had become new friends!Abby carries with her a heavy See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...I’m always happy to get my hands on a new book from Susanne Dietze, and this newest story lived up to my every expectation. A vibrant setting, dynamic characters, a sweet romance, and an exciting plot with twists and turns that kept me turning pages long past my bedtime! Even though the story had a most satisfying conclusion I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to these characters that had become new friends!Abby carries with her a heavy burden of hurt and bitterness. Her journey to learning how to forgive and learning how to trust others again is a good reminder to us all. It isn’t always easy to forgive when our trust has been betrayed and our heart shattered and then stomped on, but letting that go and giving it to God, makes our lives much happier!I loved my time spent in this story with Dash, Abby, and all the unique characters that populated the little Nebraska town. With a counterfeit ring to uncover and secret agents, you just never know what will happen next! This is definitely a story you will want to add to your keeper shelf!(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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  • Randi Annie Framnes
    January 1, 1970
    When Abigail Bracey’s father tries to get out of his involvement with a counterfeiter ring, he gets killed, and the world as Abby and her mother knows it falls apart. She reluctantly has to work with ex boyfriend and Secret Service Agent Dashiell Lassiter to help bring him to justice.Four years after the scandal Secret Service makes contact. She is asked to help them in their search for the criminal counterfeiter known as “The Artist” – Fletcher Pitch who killed her father. He keeps moving from When Abigail Bracey’s father tries to get out of his involvement with a counterfeiter ring, he gets killed, and the world as Abby and her mother knows it falls apart. She reluctantly has to work with ex boyfriend and Secret Service Agent Dashiell Lassiter to help bring him to justice.Four years after the scandal Secret Service makes contact. She is asked to help them in their search for the criminal counterfeiter known as “The Artist” – Fletcher Pitch who killed her father. He keeps moving from place to place disguising himself and making sure nobody knows what he looks like, making it difficult to apprehend him. Abby agrees to go to Wells Nebraska to work undercover to bring her father’s killer to justice. Pitch is searching for his son, who is in hiding from his criminal father, so Abby needs to uncover both father and son’s identities. Agent Dashiell Lassiter of Secret Service is assigned to keep her safe. He is Abby’s ex boyfriend and she finds it very hard to be around him again. She is angry and feels he abandoned her six years ago when he left town without a word. I find it touching how Abby finds her way back to her faith and manages to forgive and let go of the hurt she has been carrying around for years. She stopped praying as she feels God doesn’t hear her after her father’s death. When leaving for Nebraska, she purposely leaves her Bible behind. After a time she realizes she misses her relationship with God. Throughout the story she is in a process of reigniting and strengthening her faith, which I felt ended up being a great value to the plot.I felt this story gave me Little house on the Prairie feel with descriptions of small town environment where everybody knows everybody else and Abby soon becomes a respected part of the community. The need for constant considerations of propriety within school hours I found entertaining and funny. In small town rural Nebraska there would have been countless events that could get tongues wagging, which Abby needed to take seriously to keep her job.The plot of this story moved gradually in the first half, tension increasing in the second half and ending with a dramatic conclusion. The real historic event of the blizzard of 1888 in Nebraska added intensity and drama to the story, really putting Abbey’s faith and perseverance to the test.This is book #11 in the Daughters of Mayflower Series, and the first one I have read in this series. I would recommend it for fans of Susanne Dietze and for readers of historical fiction.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.My rating: 4 stars / 5
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Continuing to love these covers and this trip through history in the Daughters of the Mayflower Series.The Blizzard Bride is set in Nebraska during the blizzard of January 12, 1888. This blizzard was particularly deadly because the weather went from moderate to snowing suddenly. Abbie is serving as a school teacher while secretly looking for her father's killer. The storm comes in during the school day and she has to act quickly to give them all the best chance to survive.The hero in this story, Continuing to love these covers and this trip through history in the Daughters of the Mayflower Series.The Blizzard Bride is set in Nebraska during the blizzard of January 12, 1888. This blizzard was particularly deadly because the weather went from moderate to snowing suddenly. Abbie is serving as a school teacher while secretly looking for her father's killer. The storm comes in during the school day and she has to act quickly to give them all the best chance to survive.The hero in this story, Dash, planned to marry Abbie six years ago, but left town without telling her why. His abrupt departure left Abbie hurt and angry.While the romance was sweet, what I loved most about this novel was learning more about the blizzard and the relationship between Abbie and the town's crustiest character. Stripey, the skunk, was also a fun addition to the story.My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'She'd tended the plant of bitterness too. Nourished it with years of resentment. Hatred.'The Blizzard Bride is the eleventh in the Daughters of the Mayflower series and truly wonderful. I did not know that this blizzard was a real event and Dietze describes it in such detail, it inspired me to do research myself! She weaves the actual event into the story so well and the characters are so fascinating, that I was pulled in from the very beginning and read the book in one day. Very well done. *My 'She'd tended the plant of bitterness too. Nourished it with years of resentment. Hatred.'The Blizzard Bride is the eleventh in the Daughters of the Mayflower series and truly wonderful. I did not know that this blizzard was a real event and Dietze describes it in such detail, it inspired me to do research myself! She weaves the actual event into the story so well and the characters are so fascinating, that I was pulled in from the very beginning and read the book in one day. Very well done. *My thanks to Barbour Publishing and the author for a copy of this book. No review was expected and the opinions here are my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun historical read! This is my first read of The Daughters of the Mayflower series but I will be looking in to more of them. This book has great characters, an interesting(and based on true events) plot and a satisfying conclusion. And can we talk about that cover?? It is so pretty! The blizzard element made for some exciting and tense moments and the mystery angle was really good. All in all, this was an enjoyable and easy read. This book perfect for curling up with a blanket, This was such a fun historical read! This is my first read of The Daughters of the Mayflower series but I will be looking in to more of them. This book has great characters, an interesting(and based on true events) plot and a satisfying conclusion. And can we talk about that cover?? It is so pretty! The blizzard element made for some exciting and tense moments and the mystery angle was really good. All in all, this was an enjoyable and easy read. This book perfect for curling up with a blanket, a cup of tea/coffee and reading to your heart's content.I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    The Blizzard Bride is a winsome historical novel in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. I loved Dash! He's a great guy and has a super protective streak that I found romantic. His sense of humor was something I especially enjoyed too. Abigail tended to be a bit obstinate but that just made Dash shine all the more in my book. :-) Dietze's fans are sure to find lots to like in this story filled with intrigue, mystery, romance and faith. I received a copy from the author and publisher. All views The Blizzard Bride is a winsome historical novel in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. I loved Dash! He's a great guy and has a super protective streak that I found romantic. His sense of humor was something I especially enjoyed too. Abigail tended to be a bit obstinate but that just made Dash shine all the more in my book. :-) Dietze's fans are sure to find lots to like in this story filled with intrigue, mystery, romance and faith. I received a copy from the author and publisher. All views are my own.
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    The Blizzard Bride DAUGHTERS OF THE MAYFLOWER Series #11Susanne Dietzehttps://m.facebook.com/SusanneDietzeB...Release date 02/01/2020Publisher Barbour BooksBlurb :A Blizzard Changes EverythingAbigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially The Blizzard Bride DAUGHTERS OF THE MAYFLOWER Series #11Susanne Dietzehttps://m.facebook.com/SusanneDietzeB...Release date 02/01/2020Publisher Barbour BooksBlurb :A Blizzard Changes EverythingAbigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father. Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her. All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?My review :When a woman must work with the man who betrayed her to find the one responsible of many losses...This is my second read in this series with various authors writing about the descendants of the Mayflower’s settlers.My previous read was set during the Civil War, while here is set some twenty years later.As an European person, it is always exotic to read about the pioneers and their progeny.The way of life described reminded me of the tv show Little House On The Prairie which rocked my childhood.Added to it the bit of mystery about the child and the villain, I was in for a very entertaining read.Abby has become a bitter woman, when the love of her young life walked away without a work, it left her deeply wounded, then her father’s death revealed to the world how wrong he acted, thus she became a collateral damage. With her father’s fault in broad daylight, Abby was left with nothing and no one to care for and live with. Why she in some way withdrew and avoided at all cost any entanglement, refusing to be hurt and disappointed again.Dash left Abby thinking he made the right choice, they might he had stayed, she would have suffered from her being bonded to him.Why when they meet again, he is ready for her anger but not prepared for her animosity.And despite the bad blood between them, he can’t leave her unprotected and rushes to her help.It was no rushed story, in between they settle their feud, and understand their need for forgiveness and letting the past go, they must find the little boy and eventually stop the bad guy from having his way.I very enjoyed this read, Mrs Susanne Dietze offers a lovely sleuth tale with a bit of romance as the heroes find closure and a new offered future.4.5 starsOn a special note, i love the cover, but I am not certain the heroine might wear such refined clothing. I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Barbour Publishing.Here is my true and unbiased opinion.https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good! I read it all in one afternoon! I couldn’t put it down! I really cared about these characters. I hadn’t heard about the Children’s Blizzard before this. The author did a great job writing about such a frightening experience. I would definitely recommend this book!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    I love these Daughters of the Mayflower books! I learn so much history from them. In The Blizzard Bride, Abby Bracey is a schoolteacher in Chicago but she must leave because of a family scandal. Dash Lassiter, a childhood friend, is a Secret Service agent on the trail of a counterfeiter. Abby and Dash meet again after many years and an abrupt and hurtful parting. They agree to go undercover to capture a notorious and elusive murdering counterfeiter. They must work together despite their I love these Daughters of the Mayflower books! I learn so much history from them. In The Blizzard Bride, Abby Bracey is a schoolteacher in Chicago but she must leave because of a family scandal. Dash Lassiter, a childhood friend, is a Secret Service agent on the trail of a counterfeiter. Abby and Dash meet again after many years and an abrupt and hurtful parting. They agree to go undercover to capture a notorious and elusive murdering counterfeiter. They must work together despite their animosity to discover the criminal’s son who is in hiding in Wells, Nebraska. Abby will fill out the term of a teacher who took ill and Dash will pose as a hostler because of his love of horses. They need to ferret out the clues without tipping their hand and also protect the innocent. Answers seem to be just out of reach. To make matters worse, the Great Snowstorm of 1988 catches all the people of Wells unawares and puts many in danger. Ms. Dietze has done credible research into the Children’s Blizzard. Having lived a number of years in North Dakota and Northern Wisconsin, I could feel the cold and snow and remoteness. She helped me imagine how much more scary it would have been without modern conveniences. Abby and Dash have much between them that needs forgiveness. Ms. Dietze shows the importance of acceptance and faith through the good people of Wells. This book had it all: inquisitive school children, a pet skunk, budding friendships, recaptured romance, a growing faith and history about a hard time in Nebraska. She also brings in the overarching theme of The Mayflower and Abby’s ancestors who handed down their Christian principals. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Debby
    January 1, 1970
    The Daughters of the Mayflower series have been a wonderful and delightful experience for me as a reader. I have thoroughly enjoyed the books that I have had the privilege to read.The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze, a new author to this reader, was no exception. The story centered around Abigail who moves to Nebraska to teach but finds out that one of the students she begins to teach is the son of the man that killed her father. She then encounters, Dashiell Lassiter, a former love who tries The Daughters of the Mayflower series have been a wonderful and delightful experience for me as a reader. I have thoroughly enjoyed the books that I have had the privilege to read.The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze, a new author to this reader, was no exception. The story centered around Abigail who moves to Nebraska to teach but finds out that one of the students she begins to teach is the son of the man that killed her father. She then encounters, Dashiell Lassiter, a former love who tries to make amends from past regrets by not marry Abigail when he had the chance. He steps in and assists her knowing the danger that she has placed herself in through this underprivileged student. As titled, the story takes place during a big blizzard and Dash and Abby must come together to protect the killer’s son. During that time together, they both reveal their pain, loss and secrets that have been hidden for so long. A well-written and nice story. I’ve fallen in love with this series and recommend the read.Thank you Netgalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.4.5 Stars
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  • Melike
    January 1, 1970
    Abby and Dash arrive in Nebraska in the winter of 1888 on the same mission-to find the son of a dangerous counterfeiter who also is the man who murdered Abby’s father on the steps of the bank he managed. Abby takes a job in the small town of Wells as a school teacher while she tries to identify who the son of the dangerous murderer may be. Dash is an agent for the government whose task is to find the counterfeiter, but first and foremost he wants to protect Abby who was his childhood sweetheart. Abby and Dash arrive in Nebraska in the winter of 1888 on the same mission-to find the son of a dangerous counterfeiter who also is the man who murdered Abby’s father on the steps of the bank he managed. Abby takes a job in the small town of Wells as a school teacher while she tries to identify who the son of the dangerous murderer may be. Dash is an agent for the government whose task is to find the counterfeiter, but first and foremost he wants to protect Abby who was his childhood sweetheart. Dash abruptly left Abby without a word of explanation six years ago when they were hoping to marry. Will Abby be able to mend her broken heart and forgive him? Blizzard of 1888 is a real event that took place and it provides the backdrop in this inspirational story of heartache, love, hardship and forgiveness. I enjoyed it very much.Thank you to Net Galley and Barbour publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    A well written and entertaining inspirational romance. Great plot and believable characters. I highly recommend this book. I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    Two characters with a past, a murderer to find and a small town with interesting characters all added to a very enjoyable read.I really enjoyed the character growth both Abigail and Dashiell had to go through in this adventurous story. Abigail had to learn how to truly forgive those who wronged her and how to trust again after being betrayed by friends. I really loved how she had compassion for the old man everyone else written off and was actually sad at how that story ended. Dashiell had to Two characters with a past, a murderer to find and a small town with interesting characters all added to a very enjoyable read.I really enjoyed the character growth both Abigail and Dashiell had to go through in this adventurous story. Abigail had to learn how to truly forgive those who wronged her and how to trust again after being betrayed by friends. I really loved how she had compassion for the old man everyone else written off and was actually sad at how that story ended. Dashiell had to learn that his reading difficulties did not make him a lessor man. I enjoyed the interactions between these two and how they struggled to face their feelings even though there was still unresolved feelings and chemistry.The suspense plot was interesting but for me it was not surprising since I guessed correctly who the counterfeiter was hiding as as soon as that character was introduced. Not sure if that was the intention of the author. Even though I knew who it was, I still found myself running through the pages to see how it all ends.Another great book in this series. Highly recommended for fans of historical romance with a bit of suspense/mystery.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    'A Blizzard Changes EverythingAbigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if 'A Blizzard Changes EverythingAbigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father. Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her. All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?'________________________________I want to preface this by saying that Christian Fiction is not my usual genre, but I do occassionally pick one up. As for Daughters of the Mayflower, this is the third book from the series that I have read, but the first from this author. I enjoyed the book and I am glad I read it. It was a sweet story with the addition of some danger, some subterfuge, and a mystery.This book intruiged me all the more knowing that it was based off of the true story of the Schoolchildren's Blizzard in 1888. Being able to read a reimagining of this devestating storm and the harrowing acts of heroism that followed as the characters battled their way to shelter. It was an intense an nerve-wracking journey as our fictional Abigail battled her way to safety with her students in tow.If you are interested in knowing the paticulars of this historic storm, there is a historical note included at the end of the book which includes a detailed briefing of the impacts the storm had on those in its path.At the start of the book, Abigail was jaded and kept everyone at arm's length. When those around her attempt to provide her a shoulder to lean on and a sympathetic ear, she pushed them away. I really enjoyed following her character as she opened up and learned to put trust in those around her. She is able to do this after she finds her way back to her faith and lets go of some of the anger and resentment that have been her constant companions. This book is a lovely story of faith, bravery, and forgiveness.The Blizzard Bride is a great addition to the series and if you have enjoyed the other Daughter of the Mayflower books and faith-based historical romance then I recommend this book._____I would like to thank NetGalley and Barbour Publishing Ink for sharing an eARC of The Blizzard Bride with me. This is my honest review.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I believe that this is my favorite story of the whole series. I loved that it is based on a true story with some fiction mixed in. From page one the story just keeps getting better and better!!Yes, we've all suffered hurts just like Abby and Dash, Maynard (whom I felt sorry for). For some at the hands of others and for some that brings it onto themselves through no fault of their own. Redeeming Grace. What a sweet sweet words. The Lord God helps us through the most trying times doesn't He? Yes I I believe that this is my favorite story of the whole series. I loved that it is based on a true story with some fiction mixed in. From page one the story just keeps getting better and better!!Yes, we've all suffered hurts just like Abby and Dash, Maynard (whom I felt sorry for). For some at the hands of others and for some that brings it onto themselves through no fault of their own. Redeeming Grace. What a sweet sweet words. The Lord God helps us through the most trying times doesn't He? Yes I know it isn't easy to ask myself included but asking for divine help isn't a shameful or embarrassing thing. It's what the Lord Jesus is there for.All we need to do is ask. Forgiving is hard. Very hard but if you don't do it it will eat you up and make you a bitter person. It's more for yourself than others. I think the school children were my favorites. It sort of reminded me of Little Town on the Prairie and By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (my most favorite series)! Where blizzards seemed to strike and last for days. I wonder if the West is still like that? The author has described this scene so well I felt that I could actually hear the blizzard winds shrieking and howling. Not a pleasant sound. I didn't want the book to end! I loved the authors note at the end of the book. I learn so much from that excerpt. To me, it shows she's done her homework. I like that.I will be looking for more from this author in the future.My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own.
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  • Carrie Pagels
    January 1, 1970
    I had the privilege of reading this wonderful novel for endorsement. It's a lovely and compelling story inspired by real life events. Susanne Dietze is an amazing author. I recommend you read all her books, including The Blizzard Bride!
  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    The Blizzard Bride is the 11th book in the Daughter of the Mayflower series. It’s been written by Susanne Dietze, who is a brand new author for this series, so I was very curious how this book would turn out! And I can say, it turned out amazing! We follow both Abby and Dash, as they try to find a counterfeiter. Dash is with the Secret Service, and has been on this case for a long time, while Abby is a school teacher who’s father got murdered and she wants justice. When Dash finds out the The Blizzard Bride is the 11th book in the Daughter of the Mayflower series. It’s been written by Susanne Dietze, who is a brand new author for this series, so I was very curious how this book would turn out! And I can say, it turned out amazing! We follow both Abby and Dash, as they try to find a counterfeiter. Dash is with the Secret Service, and has been on this case for a long time, while Abby is a school teacher who’s father got murdered and she wants justice. When Dash finds out the counterfeiter is looking for his son, and knows which town the boy is in, but the identity remains a mystery. And who can look better for clues than a teacher? A perfect situation for Abby, and she wants to do her bit to catch the counterfeiter and protect the child. However, when she finds out that Dash is the operative coming with her, she’s not very happy about it to say the least, as they have a history... Oh, I just love a good mystery... and this definitely was one! I kept looking for clues which boy could be the one, all the while looking for the counterfeiter and also trying to discover what happened between Dash and Abby. It was an interactive read so to speak lol! Both characters were very likable, even though Abby has drifted a bit apart from God in her anger. I loved how she learned to open up, and slowly learned to trust again. Especially with her budding friendship with an elderly man, it just made my heart melt. And Dash is a wonderful man with absolutely no manners. Gotta love that. Their interaction was golden and made me laugh out loud, but they also weren’t afraid to tell each other the truth and have deep conversations. The spiritual lessons were also very good, and very subtly added to the plot without it being too obvious. There were quite a few subplots actually which enriched the story even more, with many fleshed out characters. And even though I had solved one of the mysteries almost the minute it showed up on page (yeah I’m keeping it vague on purpose), I still very much enjoyed reading towards the grand finale. All in all, I very much loved this book, especially with the touch of mystery added.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"Providence hadn't answered Abby once during the past four years. Not the way she expected or needed, at least."Abigail "Abby" Bracey wanted an "eye for an eye" sort of justice for the man who killed her father and subsequently ruined her family's reputation; secondhandedly causing her mother's demise and her own social exclusion. If she still believed in providence, then a certain Mr. Welch had just handed her the golden ticket; travel to Nebraska and . . . . . . work alongside Secret 3.5 stars"Providence hadn't answered Abby once during the past four years. Not the way she expected or needed, at least."Abigail "Abby" Bracey wanted an "eye for an eye" sort of justice for the man who killed her father and subsequently ruined her family's reputation; secondhandedly causing her mother's demise and her own social exclusion. If she still believed in providence, then a certain Mr. Welch had just handed her the golden ticket; travel to Nebraska and . . . . . . work alongside Secret Service Agent Dashiell Lassiter? To apprehend a nationally known, but equally elusive conterfeiter named Fletcher Pitch? The sting of Dash's broken promises had broken her heart all those years ago, now her anger was ready to erupt; spewing bitterness and resentment for all the world to see. In spite of their differences, Abby does travel to Wells, Nebraska, to assume a teaching position, while trying to determine which of her students might be Pitch's son. The notorious criminal is said to be tracking the eight year old boy. When a freak force of nature pushes Abby and Dash together, will their personal defenses strengthen or will they both acknowledge that reaconciliatin has to begin with grace and forgiveness? It's a strange way to ignite romantic inclinations . . . . . . . . if it works. And there's still the matter of a lawbreaker to apprehend.Lovely spiritual truths inhabit this enjoyable read, for after all, "it's important to celebrate when God answers prayer and good things happen".I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    +++ I was invited to view this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it +++An enjoyable, clean historical read, about long-lost love and reconciliation, featuring two likable characters, “The Blizzard Bride”, by Susanne Dietze (Barbour Publishing), (view spoiler)[ brings an interesting approach to a reading disorder, showing the pain and the shame the hero suffers because of it. (hide spoiler)]Sweethearts separated by deceit and hurt, Dashiell and Abigail reunite in a difficult mission +++ I was invited to view this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it +++An enjoyable, clean historical read, about long-lost love and reconciliation, featuring two likable characters, “The Blizzard Bride”, by Susanne Dietze (Barbour Publishing), (view spoiler)[ brings an interesting approach to a reading disorder, showing the pain and the shame the hero suffers because of it. (hide spoiler)]Sweethearts separated by deceit and hurt, Dashiell and Abigail reunite in a difficult mission and slowly make peace in a Nebraska small-town and community “full of hope and joy”.The take on the wounded hero was original, well researched and convincing. Reviving the blizzard of 1888 was also engaging. I found some facets of Dash’s job as a secret agent a bit thin, although you can easily forget that as you immerse yourself in the picturesque small-town setting.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    I did it! I finished at 11:58 - just in time for the new year. Growing up in NW Iowa blizzards were common when I was growing up. When I was in about 5th grade we got out of school early morning because a storm was coming; however, the storm hit a lot faster than expected. Being a country rider (only the country kids rode the bus, town kids had to walk) I can remember sitting at a corner on the route for what seemed like forever, which it was, because you literally could not see where you were. I did it! I finished at 11:58 - just in time for the new year. Growing up in NW Iowa blizzards were common when I was growing up. When I was in about 5th grade we got out of school early morning because a storm was coming; however, the storm hit a lot faster than expected. Being a country rider (only the country kids rode the bus, town kids had to walk) I can remember sitting at a corner on the route for what seemed like forever, which it was, because you literally could not see where you were. Finally sometime in the afternoon it had cleared enough to go on, but sitting for all that time in the snow and wind, I was glad it had some heat. This is the story of the blizzard of 1888 in Nebraska and the lifesaving thinking of teacher, Abby Bracey. Abby is recruited by the Secret Service to become the teacher at a school in Wells, Nebraska, to help catch the counterfitter, Fletcher Pitch, who also happened to kill her father. But little does she know, the lead investigator is her former beau, Dashiell Lassiter. She is sent to teach and find the son of Mr. Pitch, as he is on his way to Wells to take him back. But can she figure out which boy is his, and can Dash protect her before he loses her again?This was a good book, and I am loving this series more and more. The banter and attraction between Abby and Dash was amusing at times, you could really feel her ire for him. But even that couldn't keep them apart, even the townspeople could see that. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Dietze and I will be checking more out.I received a free copy of this from Netgalley and Barbour Publishing.
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  • Becca-Rae Weidel
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful addition to one of my favorite series! Even though this was the 11th book in the series, it was Susanne Dietze's debut addition. This was also my first time reading anything by her and I'm now looking forward to reading more in the future.Personally I'm a fan when the romance has some type of backstory. Unless a great deal of time passes in a novel, the romance feels too rushed if the characters are newly introduced. I felt that Abby and Dash's history was well developed and it Another wonderful addition to one of my favorite series! Even though this was the 11th book in the series, it was Susanne Dietze's debut addition. This was also my first time reading anything by her and I'm now looking forward to reading more in the future.Personally I'm a fan when the romance has some type of backstory. Unless a great deal of time passes in a novel, the romance feels too rushed if the characters are newly introduced. I felt that Abby and Dash's history was well developed and it made the tension and desire of their relationship believable and realistic. They were an easy couple for me to get behind and root for. Even though they each had their flaws, it was easy to see that they really did love each other if only they could work through their past. I don't think I've ever heard of the Blizzard depicted in this novel from 1888, but the circumstances around it are shocking. I appreciated that the author shared some specific details about it in her author's note at the end. I also liked that she included some real people's experiences in her narrative.  I always like learning more about lesser-known history even when it's difficult to hear. That's one of the reasons I love this series so much, because it stretches me to read about different historical events in American history. I sincerely hope that Barbour continues to add to this series because I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in each of the installments so far. I honestly cannot recommend it enough.*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone. 
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    A touching, inspirational story based on true events set in 1888 Nebraska. An undercover operation to flush out a fugitive counterfeiter becomes dangerous for a Secret Service agent and the local schoolteacher with a mission of her own. The book is one of a series, but reads easily as a stand alone.This story drew me in with characters that are far from perfect, but are quite courageous and determined to finish their mission no matter what the personal cost. Plenty of inspiration is found A touching, inspirational story based on true events set in 1888 Nebraska. An undercover operation to flush out a fugitive counterfeiter becomes dangerous for a Secret Service agent and the local schoolteacher with a mission of her own. The book is one of a series, but reads easily as a stand alone.This story drew me in with characters that are far from perfect, but are quite courageous and determined to finish their mission no matter what the personal cost. Plenty of inspiration is found between the action, with a strong underlying redemptive theme, also pulling out the roots of bitterness, extending grace and mercy, healing and forgiveness. It was done well as the main characters wrestled with their faith and past hurts. The story moves at a good pace as it builds towards a catastrophic event and the mystery is solved. It was interesting to read the author's notes at the end about the real history behind it. It was sad, but made me thankful in many ways.Recommend to readers who enjoy clean inspirational historical romances. 4.5 stars(An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    History offers us many examples of people who face trials but persevere.~ page 249 I probably say this every time I read another book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, but each one keeps getting better than the last it seems! The history lessons in them are fascinating and the wealth of research each author does is a treasure trove. If my school teachers were half as interesting as these writers, I would have paid much more attention in history classes! That being said, Susanne Dietze History offers us many examples of people who face trials but persevere.~ page 249 I probably say this every time I read another book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, but each one keeps getting better than the last it seems! The history lessons in them are fascinating and the wealth of research each author does is a treasure trove. If my school teachers were half as interesting as these writers, I would have paid much more attention in history classes! That being said, Susanne Dietze is a masterful author in my opinion. I have read just about every Love Inspired historical book she had written until Harlequin closed the line down. So while I am very familiar with her writing voice, I feel she really shone in The Blizzard Bride ! I'm so happy that she found a publisher to allow her talents and stories to come out in the world again. She has a way to draw the reader into her fictional world and step right into the pages as if the you were to live there. The city of Wells, Nebraska is one I think I would have loved to visit myself because the cast of supporting characters to Abby & Dash were ones I could see myself interacting with every day. I could hear the school children playing at recess, see myself chatting with the store keeper as I shopped and said a friendly hello to the post master as I purchased stamps or mailed my own letters. Dietze created a world in my mind with vivid details of setting and people. The main characters Abby and Dash have a past love interest that ended abruptly when he left her without an explanation ten years prior. When they are thrown together to catch a killer and counterfeiter, those deep hidden feelings still stir under the surface. Abby is bitter and struggles to understand what happened and Dash is regretful he never got the chance to explain his reasoning. So while they have to learn to deal with each other, they also have to keep a sharp eye out on identifying and bringing to justice a man called “the Artist”, all while keeping their real identities a secret from the friendly townsfolk. A task not so easy to pull off at times! Seeing her again, he had to laugh or cry, and frankly, it wasn't just her reaction to him that was hilarious. He'd always been an idiot when it came to Abigail Bracey.~ page 17 Maybe God brought us together again to write a better ending to our story. One where we can walk away as friends, or at least do our jobs without arguing every moment.~ page 145 I loved everything about this story; there's mystery, a dash of danger, lovable characters, silly antics of school children, a real piece of history included about the blizzard, second chance love, and faith that is often tested leading to forgiveness, peace, and restoration. I admired how Abby easily shared the gospel truth and plan of salvation to two men who were despicable but still deserving of getting it right with the Lord. Just as all of us are! *I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I requested this book because premise sounded so interesting. Secret Service, counterfeiting, undercover agent, it all has the promise of an exciting story. While this story was nice, and was a somewhat unique plot, I felt as though the pacing was really slow. I wanted more from the mystery side of this book. I felt as though it was more a book about school teaching in Nebraska, with a romance that took the whole book to blossom. The villain was clearly obvious early on in the book, which took I requested this book because premise sounded so interesting. Secret Service, counterfeiting, undercover agent, it all has the promise of an exciting story. While this story was nice, and was a somewhat unique plot, I felt as though the pacing was really slow. I wanted more from the mystery side of this book. I felt as though it was more a book about school teaching in Nebraska, with a romance that took the whole book to blossom. The villain was clearly obvious early on in the book, which took any hint of mystery out of this book for me. I wanted more of a relationship between the characters. They seemed to have such potential. I would gladly exchange multiple interactions with the school children for a little more romance between the main characters. The blizzard was such a small part of this book and hardly a focal point, so I am surprised that the title of this book is “The Blizzard Bride.” I did enjoy the redemption of the heroine Abby. Her coming back to her faith in the way that she did was really genuine and I really connected with that element in this story. The town was welcoming and warm and seemed like the perfect setting for this type of story to unfold. If you like light historical fiction with a hint at romance then perhaps you should check this one out. I like a little more romance than this one offered and a faster moving plot.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    This series "The Daughters of the Mayflower" has been a joy to read. I think I've only missed one to my despair and shame. Anyway, reading The Blizzard Bride, #11 in the series, has been interesting in that it has a woman (our Blizzard Bride) serving in the US Secret Service to help identify and apprehend a sinister counterfeiter and murderer.A man who was a childhood friend and sweetheart is also engaged by the Secret Service to bring the culprit to justice. But Abigail's and Dash's unpleasant This series "The Daughters of the Mayflower" has been a joy to read. I think I've only missed one to my despair and shame. Anyway, reading The Blizzard Bride, #11 in the series, has been interesting in that it has a woman (our Blizzard Bride) serving in the US Secret Service to help identify and apprehend a sinister counterfeiter and murderer.A man who was a childhood friend and sweetheart is also engaged by the Secret Service to bring the culprit to justice. But Abigail's and Dash's unpleasant past experience with each other doesn't make them the best work companions. So that brings a lot of ups and downs in the story.The blizzard is a Kansas sudden storm and there are children wandering and lost in it. Melodramatic? Perhaps, but it does make for a good read. And true to life happenings such as these occurred in the annuals of history.You'll meet some delightful and interesting characters drawn in words on the pages of The Blizzard Bride and you'll find yourself rooting for the good guys. The children and their antics and personalities are a delight.I recommend this book and the entire series.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given,
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  • Marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    The Blizzard Bride is a marvelous historical romance with true to life characters and events. Abigail Bracey was ready to leave her former life and take on the assignment of teaching in a school in Wells, Nebraska. She was anxious to assist in the capture of her father’s killer, a counterfeiter moving around the country. With the latest information Agent Dashiell Lassiter had from his Secret Service superiors Wells was where Pitch the offender was headed to find his son that was living with an The Blizzard Bride is a marvelous historical romance with true to life characters and events. Abigail Bracey was ready to leave her former life and take on the assignment of teaching in a school in Wells, Nebraska. She was anxious to assist in the capture of her father’s killer, a counterfeiter moving around the country. With the latest information Agent Dashiell Lassiter had from his Secret Service superiors Wells was where Pitch the offender was headed to find his son that was living with an aunt using alias name. This book is packed with exciting events based on the blizzard that hit Nebraska in 1888. Since it was snowing while I was reading this book, I was thankful we weren’t in the descriptive vivid blizzard I was reading about. The deception of the counterfeiter held a mystery for secondary characters plus the riveting action of others who was respected and a loner that Abigail reached out to. The painful past of Abigail and Dash brought tense moments and residents surmising he was sweet on Abigail when she couldn’t have a suitor by teaching. The drama grew as Dash zeroed in on the offender. Dietze interwove a beautiful faith message for her characters throughout the story. The children were an added bonus and the love Abigail had for her students and their love in return to her. This is one of my favorite books in The Daughters of the Mayflower series, which can be read as a standalone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I have expressed my own sincere thoughts.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    A new-to-the-series author joins the Daughters of the Mayflower team in The Blizzard Bride, and seamlessly transitions readers to the next descendant’s story with a counterfeiter, the return of a first love, and a blizzard.Susanne Dietz pulled me right into this book with a woman set on avenging her father, The Secret Service, and a mystery to solve. The residents of Wells, Nebraska, especially the school children, and Abby and Dash kept me reading.There is a lot happening in this story, yet not A new-to-the-series author joins the Daughters of the Mayflower team in The Blizzard Bride, and seamlessly transitions readers to the next descendant’s story with a counterfeiter, the return of a first love, and a blizzard.Susanne Dietz pulled me right into this book with a woman set on avenging her father, The Secret Service, and a mystery to solve. The residents of Wells, Nebraska, especially the school children, and Abby and Dash kept me reading.There is a lot happening in this story, yet not once does it become confusing or convoluted. Dietz weaves a tale of finding the place you belong, forgiveness, and understanding in The Blizzard Bride. And the depiction of the blizzard had me hunched under a blanket to stay warm.You do not want to miss this installment to the series (and if you haven’t read any of them yet, this is a great place to start).Disclosure statement:This book was obtained via the Kindle Unlimited program. All opinions are my own
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Once again the series Daughters of the Mayflower finds another unique event in history around which to weave a fascinating story. Step back in time to the winter of 1887/1888 on the plains of Nebraska in the small town of Wells. Abigail Bracey, a brave young woman who is not at all what she seems, arrives from Chicago to teach school for the winter semester. As Abigail begins her teaching job, as well as a bit of investigative work, she finds herself drawn into the hearts and lives of her Once again the series Daughters of the Mayflower finds another unique event in history around which to weave a fascinating story. Step back in time to the winter of 1887/1888 on the plains of Nebraska in the small town of Wells. Abigail Bracey, a brave young woman who is not at all what she seems, arrives from Chicago to teach school for the winter semester. As Abigail begins her teaching job, as well as a bit of investigative work, she finds herself drawn into the hearts and lives of her students and the town’s people. The arrival of an old flame, Dashiell Lassiter who happens to be a secret service agent with whom she is working, brings more emotion to her life than she cares for. When a stunning storm develops during Abigail’s school day, her courage, faith, and survival instincts must kick in if she and the children are to survive. The historical notes at the end of the novel are very interesting. I also enjoyed the author utilizing the characters in her story to highlight the historical aspects of the secret service and the challenges of dyslexia. A very good story detailing a very sad event in our nation’s history! Readers of historical fiction and historical romance will surely enjoy this story. I hope that Barbour continues to add to this series; these novels are well worth the read. They are a great way to make historical events come alive. This ARC copy was received from Barbour Books and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own. #NetGalley #TheBlizzardBride
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