Winter’s Child (Wind River #2)

Author: Margaret Coel

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Mystery in Series

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Blurb: Margaret Coel’s New York Times bestselling series continues as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley discover that a centuries-old mystery is tied to a modern-day crime on the Wind River Reservation…

In the midst of a blizzard, Myra and Eldon Little Shield found an abandoned baby on their doorstep and brought her inside. Five years later, no one has come back to claim the little girl now known as Mary Anne Little Shield. But now that she’s old enough to start school, her foster parents fear social services will take her—a white child—away from them.

Determined to adopt Mary Anne, the Little Shields hire lawyer Clint Hopkins, who wants Vicky as cocounsel on the case. But before their meeting can take place, a black truck deliberately runs Hopkins down in the street.

Enlisting Father John to help investigate who would kill to stop the child’s adoption, Vicky unravels a connection between the five-year-old girl and a missing alcoholic Arapaho wanted for robbery—only to uncover one of the darkest secrets in Wind River’s history…


Review: I must say that this book exceeded my expectations, operating on so many levels that it took much thought and realization to understand both the context of the historical story within as well as how it mirrored the present day mystery.

So many heartbreaking and surprising things became clear as the conspiracy unraveled on the pages, painting villains and heroes with unimaginable behavior. Who would do such a thing? And where does a child belong, in the loving home they’ve always known? Or restored to their true family, even if the family is strangers?

A little girl was found on a doorstep five years ago. Now her foster parents want to adopt her. Clint Hopkins, the attorney working for them, asks Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden to help. Before he can meet with her to discuss the case, Clint’s killed in a hit and run that Vicky witnesses. Why would a small town attorney be such a threat? As Vicky takes over the case as well as tries to determine the cause of Clint’s death, she’s drawn into a tragic triangle of desperation, crime, and opportunity.

A compelling read that left me with more questions than answers. The chilling environment only mirrored the cold truth within the mystery. Solved, yes. Resolved? Never.


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