Friday, January 8, 2021

The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

We meet two sisters who are teachers and a blizzard that is wreaking havoc on the Great Plains just as school is about to be let out.

Raina and Gerda had to make the decision about letting the students run home or to keep them in the school.  Either choice was made the right choice and one didn't.

The decisions made by Raina and Gerda stayed with them and affected them for their entire lives.

We follow the children, the teachers, the townspeople as the blizzard rages, as people become lost, as those at home are left worrying about their family members, and as everyone is hoping for the best.

Once the blizzard was over, the true colors of the characters came out both good and bad.

THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD is based on a true event that took lives and maimed many.  

It also is about families who were lured here on the pretense that they would have success, but we see they struggled through harsh winters and parched summers trying to eke out a living.

The characters were marvelously developed and interesting with most being likable.  I enjoyed learning their present and past stories.

As you read, you will grow fond of the characters and also pity them for how they have to live, even though most are very strong and resilient.

The book was a bit confusing at first with all the characters and some sections were wordy, but THE CHILDREN’S BLIZZARD is another of Ms. Benjamin's beautifully written, well-researched historical fiction.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. ENJOY if you read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Nice review. I'm looking forward to reading it also.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I did enjoy this book.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. I have enjoyed other books by Benjamin, and this one sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It was very interesting especially since I never heard about this.

      Thanks for your comment, Laurel.

  4. This sounds good but ultimately sad since it's based on true events. I read The Aviator's Wife by this author and enjoyed it.

    1. The Aviator's Wife was good.

      This book was good....I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

      Thanks for your comment, Laura.

  5. I think I liked this a bit more than you. I thought it was 4.75/5 stars, but I rounded up to 5/5.

  6. I like this author and this is another on my TBR list. Glad you seemed to enjoy it for the most part.