Novels & Stories
The Abercrombie Trail Series
There are four books in this wonderful series, and I honestly couldn’t put the books down. Simar, a life-long Minnesotan and grandchild of immigrants, has combined her love of history with her Scandinavian heritage, and has done impeccable research. This evident in these new award-winning books of historical fiction in which Simar tells the story of Scandinavian immigrants in early Minnesota during the 1862 Sioux Uprising.
The first book, Abercrombie Trail, tells the story of Evan Jacobson, a stagecoach driver, who witnesses the Sioux Uprising as he drives his route between Fort Snelling and Fort Abercrombie. The second, Pomme de Terre, focuses on Serena and Gust who lose everything in the uprising, and relocate to Fort Pomme de Terre in the western part of the state. It also includes a Dakota point of view and the tragic story of broken treaties and eviction from their homeland. Birdie, the third book, continues the story of Evan and Inga eleven years later during the 1870s grasshopper plagues, and is named after a character who was kidnapped during the 1862 Sioux Uprising. This book received the 2012 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Blooming Prairie, the fourth and final novel in this series, was released September 2012, and continues the story of characters from previous books. I want more, a fifth book! The series also has study guides for book clubs.