Friday, April 19, 2013

The Icecutter's Daughter ~ Land of Shining Water Series #1 ~ by Tracie Peterson

About Book
As the lone female in a houseful of men, Merrill Krause dedicates her life to caring for her family and their business, as her dying mother asked. Besides, it suits her; she's never felt like she fits what most people expect in a girl--she'd rather work with her father’s horses and assist with the ice harvest. And though she’s been mostly content up to this point, a part of her wonders if there will ever be anyone who will notice her amid the bevy of brothers determined to protect her from any possible suitors.
When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small Minnesota town to join his uncle's carpentry business, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn't intimidated by them or by Merrill's strength and lack of femininity. The attraction between them begins to build...until Rurik's former fiance shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.
Can Rurik and Merrill learn to trust God--and each other--when scandal threatens their newfound love?
Tracie Peterson's love for history and research fuel the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of more than ninety novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

ISBN-13: 9780764206191
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Land of Shining Water
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Where to buy:  Amazon, Barnes&Noble, BakerBookStore, CBD

About Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. 

Visit Tracie's Web site at and her blog at

My Thoughts

Merrill Krause has several very protective brothers that have been known to run off any potential suitors.  She is responsible for the care of the household chores and the cooking.  She works with the horses which is her favorite thing to do on the farm.  You will even find her working shoulder to shoulder with her father and brothers.  She jumps right in when it is time to cut, haul and store ice from the lake.  Ice-cutting is tough for the brawniest of men.  She stays so busy that it is very apparent she is having no luck in finding a suitable husband.  

Rurik Jorgenson is new to the community.  He is going into business with his uncle's in a carpentry business. He hopes to fit in with the community.  With his uncle's health becoming a concern he volunteered to go in his uncle's stead to help his uncle's friend to harvest ice from the lake.  This will definitely be a new experience for him, but he was willing to learn.  He got a big shock when he discovered one of the icecutter's was actually a beautiful young woman.  He got plenty of teasing by her brothers. Rurik would not let them intimidate him when or if he decided to court their sister.  But his former fiancee concocts some wild accusations against Rurik which puts his reputation into question.

The author has written a story of family bonds, love and loyalty to one another.  Then there is the deception that threatens to destroy a young man's future. I loved the dedication these characters had to their family through such selfless acts.  My favorite character was Rurik's uncle he was a very giving, wise and trusting man, with a strong belief in prayer and God's will for one's life.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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