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July 19, 2013


THE ICECUTTER'S DAUGHTER                                         5 STARS
Land of Shining Water Book 1
by Tracie Peterson


Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses--despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, 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. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God--and each other--and embrace the promise of love.

Merrill has been an active worker in her family's business.  Being female hasn't stopped her, despite the fact that her friends disapprove. She was a very strong, independent woman who knew who she was and what she wanted in life. They don't think a lady should dress and work at men's work. The story takes place in the 1890's. The work is hard but Merrill works along her brothers and enjoys the beauty of Minnesota's winters.  Merrill is the only female in the house full of men.  She has kept her promise to her dying mother. She has devoted her life to taking care of her brothers and father.  She also helps with their business. She never felt like she fit the description of  what is expected of a female.  She would much rather work with the horses and help with the ice harvest.

The author, Ms. Peterson, puts so much feeling and a small sense of humor in her books.  The book was a great read.  I felt like I could have been right there with Merrill. The story starts in Kansas and ends in cold Minnesota. I could see the changes that were taking place with not only the people but the places as well.. I did find it kind of odd that Rurick didn't take up for himself as Nils used him over and over.  I wanted to see him stand up to Nils. This story has some messages that deliver to the heart.  It's a great book and I would recommend it to anyone, young and young at heart.  Another wonderful historic read from Ms. Peterson. She never fails to deliver. 

I would give this book a 5 STARS.

I received this complimentary copy of THE ICECUTTER'S DAUGHTER by Tracie Peterson, from Bethany House Publishing for this unbiased review.


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.

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