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Icecutter's Daughter, The (Land of Shining Water) Hardcover – March 1, 2013

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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.

"Beautifully written." - Portland Book Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Land of Shining Water
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
2 love triangles. One holds sparring females at its base. The other finds 2 men ogling the same girl. To complicate the plots the triangles are linked--like the horse-pulled chains tugging sleds of block ice. Best put your woolly mittens on for this novel, Relationships are getting warm-to-hotter on Minnesota ice. Rumors and accusations fly faster than cold chips off the ice-saw. Tracie Peterson excels at taking lake-ice frigidity to a boiling romance before a blazing log fire. Ah, 1896, when men were men & strong women were fated to be kissed.

A great historical look at late-19th century ice cutting and cabinetry industry.
Theme: God's sovereignty.
Note: fetching cover, a beautiful team powerfully pulling through crisp white drifts. And the girl's cute too.
A canter-pace ending will satisfy the robustness of Swede icecutters, "Ja."

Bundle yourself in a quilt & get wrapped up in Tracie Peterson's romance story of "The Icecutter's Daughter." One negative: this Swedish icecutting clan eats lots of strudel and cookies and readers can almost smell the enticing sugar between the pages.
An excerpt from the next book in this `Land of Shining Water' series, "The Quarryman's Bride" beckons like sweet cherry pastry whiffs.
Tracie Peterson never fails to deliver.
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My next book review is The Icecutter's Daughter, by Tracie Peterson from the series Land of Shining Water.

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 fiancée shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.

In my opinion, this book has just the right amount of mystery and romance to keep my attention and "stay up late to finish just one more chapter". I liked Merrill because she was compassionate and willing to help her father and brothers instead of thinking of herself. She had discovered she loved caring for her father's Belgian horses that he raised. The descriptions of the goodies prepared throughout the book made me hungry as Tracie described the tempting meals that Merrill served in the story. I wish she would share the recipe of the carrot cookies (Page 46).
With the descriptions of building furniture in Rurik's uncle's carpentry business I could almost smell the fresh wood as it was being cut.
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By cordelia on May 30, 2013
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The story is set in Minnesota about 1890's and it's first in its series. It was a good read with some mystery and some romance and a crazy ex-fiance that kept appearing to wreak things. I did feel that the book was slow in places and a bit predictable. It isn't my favorite of Tracie Peterson, but it was still entertaining. I liked Merrill, she is a strong woman who on her mother's death bed promised that she would care for her father and brothers. She is a hard worker and I liked that aspect of the book. Overall it was a fun read.

*This book was free from Bethany House publishing in exchange for a honest review.
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This book takes place in Minnesota (Waseca) in the late 1890s. I love reading about that time period in the upper midwest, so I had to check out this title.

I like my historical fiction to be fairly heavy on the "historical" and very light on the "romance" part of the fiction. Even though I'm not terribly familiar with Waseca (I have been there) or really with southern Minnesota much at all, Tracie Peterson made it feel very real, and everything I do know about that time period in Minnesota suggests that her research was solid.

Another draw for me was that Merrill is the youngest child in her family, with four big brothers. In spite of absolutely every description not remotely being like my kids, I couldn't help but see my baby girl and her four big brothers in all of the family interaction.

Another concern I have with Christian fiction is just how preachy it can be. Peterson does a great job of making the faith of the various characters quite important, but not falling into chapter-long sermons or totally unrealistic dialogue.

The story was enjoyable and brought up some interesting issues to ponder. Why are we so quick to accept negative stuff we hear about people, even when it is totally out of character for them, without investigating it or <gasp> going and talking to the person involved?

I will be watching for more books by Peterson.

Disclosure: Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
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