Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory” as Want to Read:
Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A homesteading farmer, his pregnant wife, their daughter, and the grandmother wake to a beautiful winter morning on the prairie. And then it descends upon them - the infamous Children's Blizzard of 1888. Who will survive?

With characters from Rosette: A Novel of Pioneer Michigan , “Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory” captures in one sod shanty the dramatic effects of a storm o
Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published June 25th 2016 by Moraine's Edge Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Blizzard, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Blizzard

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  91 ratings  ·  11 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
I have received an ARC (advance reader copy) for the purpose of writing an honest review.

I have already read (and enjoyed) Cindy Marsch's related book _Rosette_ and found the characters compelling, and so was eager to read this detailed glimpse at a day in Rosette's life. The writing kept me thoroughly engaged -- so much so that I am glad it is a quick read as there was no way for me to put it down.

I find myself pondering the characters, wondering exactly what motivates t
Bonnye Reed
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
GA Blizzard is an excellent continuation of Cindy Marsch's first novel, Rosette. We join Rosette and her son DeWitt, very pregnant daughter-in-law Lillie and granddaughter Floy as they wait out the birth of the child in a tiny rented shack on the outskirts of a tiny town 60 miles from their homestead in Marshall County, Dakota Territory. Lillie is not willing to go through another birthing without a midwife. With them they have their three head of cattle - their milk cow, her female calf and a y ...more
Cindy Marsch
Jun 20, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This short story captures one important day in the life of frontier America, as I imagine it might have been lived by the real people who inhabit Rosette: A Novel of Pioneer Michigan. Historical documents place DeWitt and a very pregnant Lillie Churchill and their daughter Floy in Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) at this time, and Rosette might have been there then, as well. It was irresistible to let the storm reveal things about these people that will be played out in the events of the novel that op ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A short novella detailing a specific period of time. But oh the details that Marsch has put into this story makes all the difference! She is a master at taking you into the story and making you feel like the surroundings are all around you. I read this while sitting in 95+ degree heat and I could feel the chill seep into my bones. That's how good she is.
Marsch is amazing at giving you the smallest of details of what life would have been like over one hundred years ago. Her first book Roset
Dianne McMahan
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd time reading this and I enjoyed it just as much.
This is fictional,but was based on journals that had
been passed down thru the families.
A very good depiction of what life was really like for the brave souls,that came before to try and make a better life on the desolute prairie.
Roxie Prince
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

“Blizzard” by Cindy Rinaman Marsch

Finished on August 18, 2016
Downloaded on Kindle for Free during a FREE promotion period.
FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $.99 on Kindle

“Blizzard” is a short story that Cindy Rinaman Marsch recommended I read before 'Rosette’. It takes place in 1888 on one fateful day in Dakota Territory during The Children’s Blizzard. Rosette, her son DeWitt, his pregnant wife, and the
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cynthia L. Turner
History: Blizzard

What a fascinating story of life in the Dakota Territory in the late 1800's. The story concerning the Blizzard is quick, fast, and dangerous. The story about the Churchill family during the Blizzard is so intense that the reader will find that this is a page turner that is worth the read.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good characterization and descriptions. A short but powerful look into the hard work and sacrifice involved in wresting a living in the 1880s.

You can almost feel the wind and snow pouring into the little soddy house on the Dakota prairie. This short book gives only a little taste of the Children's Blizzard of 1888 when so many, mostly children, died in the snowstorm that caught so many unprepared. These people were pioneers who had suffered through many severe storms but were nonetheles
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a short story but was very powerful nonetheless. I can't even imagine being a pioneer where death can take you at any time.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did not realize this was such a short story I did enjoy it
Lisa A. Crosby
rated it did not like it
Feb 20, 2019
Carol Courtney
rated it it was amazing
Aug 15, 2016
Ericka Jade
rated it really liked it
Sep 26, 2018
cathy havice
rated it it was amazing
Dec 28, 2016
Leif C. Crowe
rated it liked it
Jul 31, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Aug 20, 2016
Elizabeth Lasswell
rated it liked it
Aug 26, 2017
rated it really liked it
Jul 23, 2018
Cheryl Jackson
rated it liked it
Oct 26, 2016
rated it liked it
Sep 09, 2017
rated it really liked it
Jan 07, 2017
rated it it was ok
Dec 27, 2016
Elizabeth Horst
rated it really liked it
Jun 23, 2016
Diane Fulton
rated it it was amazing
Mar 11, 2017
Kathy Bandi
rated it really liked it
Aug 30, 2016
Nanci Epps
rated it did not like it
Feb 07, 2017
Janie  R.
rated it really liked it
Jul 23, 2016
Lorie Shults
rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2017
rated it really liked it
Feb 04, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
See similar books…