Mary Sutter #2.
When the 1879 blizzard that devastates Albany, New York, finally releases its killer grip, close family friends, husband and wife, of Dr Mary Sutter and her physician husband, have both lost their lives. But more troubling is the fact that their two daughters of ten and six are missing.
The two doctors and their friends search for weeks, to no avail, until they are unexpectedly found and taken to the home of the doctors. The elder girl has been savagely misused; the younger untouched.
The story is one of family compassion, of defending the weak, of righting wrongs in the face of prejudice and bigotry. It is at once a who-dunnit as well as a look at historical women’s rights and the power of courageous family love attempting to heal the damage caused by arrogant and powerful men.
This is a compelling mystery, at once exciting, shocking and heartwarming. Easy reading as well as gripping, the characters are well fleshed. Going on from the story of Mary Sutter, the midwife who became a Civil War surgeon, it features possibly too many characters, initially confusing, who might not be there if not for the previous book, MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER.
Herewith an honest review. Thank you for this Penguin imprint ARC to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa.