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The Icecutter's Daughter

Tracie Peterson
The Icecutter's Daughter
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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 and she ac... Read More


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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 and she 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.

Although Rurik 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?

The Icecutter's Daughter
is the first thrilling book in bestselling romance author Tracie Peterson's historical Land of Shining Water series.

Product Details:
Page Count: 352
Released: 03/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Feb 6, 2013
  • UPC: 9780764206191
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Publish Date: Mar 1, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042000"
  • ISBN: 0764206192

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Excellent Story by dgottreu on 6/11/2013

The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson is a wonderful story and a great addition to the list of other great stories by Tracie. Merrill Krause is almost twenty-one years old and has been taking care of her father and four brothers for ten years since her mother died. Her mother’s dying request was that she would look after the men of the family. She works right beside the men doing whatever job needs to be done on the farm and dresses in trousers and other men’s clothing. In fact, she is better at working with the Belgian horses than the men. Merrill has done an excellent job but in the process she has become what many consider a very unladylike woman, and many just cannot get past her wearing of men’s trousers to see the outstanding woman that she has become. Rurik Jorgenson comes to visit his uncle and help in his furniture building business and enjoys the work. Town, and people so much that he decides to make his visit permanent. He is immediately drawn to Merrill but she cannot accept the fact that such a handsome man would be interested in her. Add Svea,the sister of Rurik’s best friend, into the mix and the story get more interesting and suspenseful page by page.

Tracie did an excellent job with the characters making them come to life on the pages of the book and also making the reader either love them or greatly dislike them. The scenes were so well written that I was right there in the middle of all the action that was taking place. There were numerous surprises in the plot and it also had a great deal of suspense. It was evident that the author did a good deal of research before writing the book and all the history that she included made the book not only enjoyable but increased knowledge of the area and what was happening at the time. I had often wondered where people in the late nineteenth century obtained ice. As with all her books, Tracie kept God prominent in the lives of most of the characters and throughout the book one saw the love and forgiveness of God portrayed.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great story. And if you are already a Tracie Peterson fan then you will definitely want to read this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

A Wonderful Read by SamanthaJo on 5/6/2013

First of all… can I brag on the cover for just a moment? Breathtaking, actually. It’s not often that I choose a book based on its cover – as the old adage says – mainly because I would much rather let my imagination set the scene. But this one has me wishing on snow – and we’ve just come out of a long winter (in which I fervently hoped for spring) in Wisconsin!
Breaking open the cover to reveal the pages, however, proved to be just as wonderful a scene. I’ve been a Tracie Peterson fan for years {check out The Alaskan Quest Series} and enjoy both her historical fiction and contemporary works as well. But she has outdone herself. Maybe the Midwest backdrop of Minnesota created a bit of partiality with the snow covered ground and frigid winters, but I think it more than simply the setting.
I simply found such a wonderful friend in Merrill. Her feelings of being an outsider, of lacking in girlish charm, her keen awareness that, perhaps, she was not what everyone expected– brought to mind my own thoughts. And yet, she remained fearlessly true to herself. Reminding me many times over that when pleasing the Lord and serving others is set at the forefront, all the other things pale in comparison.
And that they did, especially to the handsome Kansas-raised farmer turned carpenter Rurik Jorgenson. Unruly hair and work trousers hidden beneath layers of skirts did nothing to deter him from Merrill’s true beauty. But as Rurik’s life in Kansas collides with his new home in Minnesota, things become more complicated than either could have anticipated.
Ultimately a story of forgiveness and trust, Tracie Peterson’s latest story is a wonder-filled mixture of faith and romance. Effortlessly tying in Biblical truths, I was truly lost in the Minnesota winter and the warm hearts that resided there.
***With thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A great, fast read! by Leahhhh12 on 4/22/2013

Merrill Krause has been taking care of her Father and brothers ever since her Mother died ten years before. Living with a bunch of men has left Merrill lacking in some feminine areas but she’s not afraid of hard work and she works just as hard as her brothers in helping with the ice harvesting. Merrill has begun to feel lonely and she starts to wonder if this is the life she’s destined to or if she’ll ever have the chance to marry and have a family of her own. While she’s had a few suitors in the past, most of them have been intimidated by her brothers.
Rurik Jorgenson has come to Minnesota to help his ailing uncle with his furniture business. Leaving a broken engagement behind, he’s hoping to escape from a piece of his past and be a help to his uncle. When Rurik meets Merrill, he is intrigued from the start and he can’t help feeling drawn to her. Even her brothers can’t scare him away.
Yet when Rurik’s ex-fiancee finds him, he finds himself stuck in the middle of a brewing scandal. Merrill and Rurik must look to God to sort the mess out and ultimately they must learn to put their trust in Him.

I thought this book was really good and I enjoyed it from start to finish. I enjoyed it so much that I read it within 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down! I loved the relationship between Merrill and Rurik and how it grew. I liked how the characters were going through different struggles and I liked that we could see how they grew from those struggles. Overall, I liked the message of trust and how the characters needed to base their trust on God. I also enjoyed reading a little bit about how the ice harvesting works. While the book does not revolve around this process, the author does a good job of incorporating the history into the book. I am interested to see what the next books in the series will be like. I will definitely be reading them since I found this a great start to what I assume to be a great series.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

Wonderful Story, Beautiful Characters by PennedChronicle on 4/4/2013

First off I didn’t know what to expect from Tracie Peterson. This is the first time I am reading her work and I am glad to say that I am now a fan.

Now I do have to admit in the beginning of the story I was more drawn into Rurik’s thread in the story before I became equally concerned about both Merrill and Rurik. Both characters are so wonderful in the fact that they bore their share of problems and took everything to prayer but what made me love Rurik was that he was more inclined to change his environment where there was a part of Merrill that just excepted her situation and felt that maybe she would die an old maid.

Merrill’s main struggle was that she felt there was no way out of the normalcy of working on her father’s land – basically serving her family until she no longer knew who she was apart from her family. I liked that in small ways she was given the chance to change that pattern in her life and felt encouraged to live her life, of course which ment finding her place along side the man who captured her  heart.

Rurik’s struggle was really at the center of the story. It’s his character that brought conflict into the story and caused Merrill to change for a bit without her knowledge. This was one man who was only trying to do what was best for himself and others while living in God’s will. I like that he took marriage seriously and was willing to uphold to his morals no matter what.


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