The Children’s Blizzard (by Melanie Benjamin) … amazing historical fiction

What an amazing book of historical fiction!  I had never heard of the blizzard that devastated the people of Nebraska in 1888.  The way immigrants were lured to America and promised a wonderful life full of harvest, homes, land, and riches was shocking.  So the reader not only learned about the tragedies that affected so many families in January of 1888, but the way the news outlets were misrepresenting the truth.  Not so different from today!

Another fact that shocked me was that girls who were basically teenagers were assigned positions as school teachers and given the responsibility for the lives of many children.

The characters are so well developed and you will be drawn into the story with a ferocity as strong as the blizzard winds.  You will love some characters, despise others, and your heart will break at some of the experiences they endure.

This is definitely one to put on your to-read list.  The author has once again gifted readers with a wonderful escapade through an amazing period of time.

Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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